Monday, November 30, 2009

Protein Bars

Here is some great information from Christopher Guerriero at

Protein Bars

WOW. I've been getting more and more questions from you guys about protein bars than ever before - what's up with that???

Here's a question that hit me desk a few minutes ago, and I thought I'd forward it your way to learn from...

Question: I was wondering if I could get your opinion of protein bars. I saw some at the grocery store the other day and thought they would be convenient for times when you are out and about and not able to eat every couple of hours. I forget the name of the ones I was looking at but I think they had about 5 g fat, 19 g protein, I think sodium was between 150 and 200, and 3 carbs. I also thought they would be good during seminars when you don't get many breaks.

Answer: Protein bars have the ability to either help the fat burning process or shut down your fat burning's how to use them to your advantage:

1st....make sure that you choose a bar that has very low TOTAL carbs (forget about 'net' carbs, or any other fad term that the makers use) - your goal is to find a bar that has less than 4 grams of carbs total in the whole bar (make sure to check to see if the bar is calculated as 1 serving or 2 - some unscrupulous bar makers have found a way to indicate fewer carbs and fat on the label by turning their single bar into 2 servings.

The bar you choose should also have a low level of TOTAL fat (again, forget about 'trans' fat, or any other term that the makers use on the labels to try to trick the purchaser) - look for a bar with 5 grams or less per serving.

2nd....when you eat a real meal (vegetables and lean protein) you’re getting 2 benefits - you're getting the benefit of keeping your metabolism high because you're putting lean protein into your stomach; and your getting the benefit of your body's need to burn bodyfat for energy just to help you digest that whole meal. Now when you eat a protein bar, you only get the benefit of keeping your metabolism high - which is still FAR better than missing a meal !!!! So, although a real meal is better, I'd much rather see you eat a protein bar than miss a meal because you're at a seminar or not somewhere that you can conveniently get a full meal.

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