Let us start this post with a thought and a question to spark your mind to this topic; are protein bars good for weight loss?Due to being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July; a whole new way of eating was in order, and protein bars came to my mind as something that would be good to add to my diet.
Mostly it was trying to fill the snack time issues, which was a problem in the beginning phases of the diet change.
It was necessary to have something on hand that was good to eat that would not affect my blood sugar.
After getting some personal coaching on how to read the nutrition labels from my Certified Nutrition Specialist and my CDE Nurse, then it made me realize how to determine which ones are a good fit for me.
Most of the medical community agree that it is important to reduce the number of calories and especially calories from high sugar content foods and drinks.
How Much Protein Should Be Your Diet?
The amount of protein that your body requires depends on a lot of variables, such as how active you are.
Using the model for people who are sedentary; you want to get .8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (.36 grams per pound).
- A 200-pound man would need 72 grams of protein per day
- A 150-pound woman would need 54 grams of protein per day
That should put some perspective on the subject when looking at the nutrition information label and deciding if the product is a good fit.
Typically, the average protein bar contains between 10 to 30 grams of protein per bar, so it is within the proper ranges to consider adding them to your diet.
Protein content and fiber will bind up the sugar content and prevent it from spiking your blood sugar levels.
But when looking at the weight loss side of the issue; consideration must be given to the total calories as well.
The most important thing is to keep everything balanced out.
Protein Bars and Your Diet
Eating salads for lunch every day with just a little dressing about 1 oz.
This leaves some room on your calorie count, to add a protein bar for a mid-meal snack and help you get to the next meal.
I use the salads available to me through my local Grocery Store.
Taylor Farms brand is very good, and they have a pretty good variety of salads to choose from so you do not get tired of the same thing.
Protein bars selections are getting better in the stores and they are getting sold out regularly. Because of my new focus on these; it has become more obvious.
Had a discussion this week with an old bodybuilder and the subject of protein bars came up.
We discussed him not liking the taste of the protein bars, but when he was on a strict diet, they would be like a treat to him.
Found that interesting because my taste buds have changed in these last few months and the same thing was happening to me.
Please leave a comment if you have a similar experience with protein bars and the way they taste.
Why Use Protein Bars?
Protein Bars are getting better and better in both the taste and the nutrition content.
Just this week we purchased several new flavors from different manufacturers to see how they taste and how they make you feel after eating them.
One of the best finds is Robert Irvine’s Fit Crunch protein bars. They really surprised me with how good they are!
Even ran to give one to my wife to try because it impressed me so much. She gave me a surprised look and had the same opinion as me.
The nutritional information: (-3 Net Carbs for diabetics)
- Total Size = 50g
- Calories = 190
- Carb = 14g
- Fiber = 1g
- Sugars = 3g
- Sugar Alcohol = 8g
- Protein = 16g
We also bought some of the Atkins bars that I used to buy four to five years ago when I went on that diet. Back then I did not like the way these bars tasted.
Either they made some improvements, or my taste buds have really changed more then I realized. These protein bars are very good now too!
It is good to have some buying options, but another thing that was noticed is the nutrition information on these are good too!
- Total Size = 46g
- Calories = 120
- Carb = 23g
- Fiber = 9g
- Sugars = 1g
- Sugar Alcohol = 12g
- Protein = 3g
The Best Protein Bars and ShakesThere are some many good options out there that it is difficult to pick just one brand and say they are the best at least not with a straight face. The critical thing to do is to find the right product that is going to give you the results that you want. If you are wanting to lose weight and thinking of replacing a meal with a protein bar or a meal replacement shake, that changes the way you need to evaluate the product. Sometimes we want to reduce the calories from a meal, or maybe we may be in a big hurry and do not want to take the time to eat.
In either of the scenarios, the protein bar needs to be a little bigger and be denser than amid-meal snack bar can be.
This week ran across a new protein bar for me that fits these requirements, it is the Premier Protein Bar.
The nutrition information is:
- Calories = 290
- Carb = 25g
- Fiber = 3g
- Sugars = 8g
- Protein = 30g
As you can see this protein bar is 25% larger than the other two mentioned in the post. And you can tell when you eat it, I was able to go for several hours without being hungry.
Premier also carries ashake that is very cheap but the information on the nutrition label looks pretty good and it is fortified with a lot of vitamins.