The truth about protein bars

Getting the motivation to exercise is wonderful, you feel superhuman after you’ve done a gruelling workout, and all the pain and burning seems worth it.

Getting the motivation to exercise is wonderful, you feel superhuman after you’ve done a gruelling workout, and all the pain and burning seems worth it.

But, by not eating the right things, your workout counts for peanuts.

And it’s really tricky these days to know what is actually good for you and what’s just pretending to be.

And the foods that are good for you, may not be good for you if you’re trying to lose weight. Like Protein Bars. And they’re tricky suckers.

Pros of Eating Protein Bars:

  • The RIGHT protein bars should be full of just that, protein. And Protein is core to lean muscle development, maintaining hormone levels and health and keeping your metabolic rate at an optimum level.
  • How convenient and easy is a protein bar?
  • Protein bars also contain good carbs, fats and fibres. All of these combined boost your energy and amino acid levels!
  • Eating lots of protein makes you fuller quicker! So eating a protein bar will keep you from reaching for sugary snacks.

The Cons:

  • Not all Protein Bars are more protein than anything else! Some can contain as much as 30 grams of sugar!
  • Watch out for protein bars that contain any ingredients that aren’t natural, (they’re usually bad and out to sabotage your diet).
  • Ingredients like soya and trans fats are the WORST and can be found in some protein bars.

What To Look For:

  • You need AT LEAST 2 grams of protein to every 1 gram of carbohydrate.
  • If you’re intending to use a protein bar as a meal replacement, or eating it without working out first, make sure you get a low-fat one!
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar alcohols. Especially if you’re about to get on a long flight…if you get what I mean.
  • As always, be aware of the ominous total calorie count!

If you’re still unsure and have any Q’s, go talk to your PT. They’ll get you eating what you need to reach your fitness goals!

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