Meal Supplement Bars-Help With The Battle Of Bulge
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You would think, with all our tricks and tools, that losing weight today would be easier than ever. But many people still do struggle, maybe more than they need to. One easy tool that can help you with your battle of the bulge are meal supplement bars.
Meal supplement bars can help, but as you may expect, there are pros and cons associated with using these bars for dieting.
In this article I will provide you with some pros and cons about using these bars as well as some things to look out for.
One of the most important things you must be aware of is that even though these bars are advertised as being healthy, that is not always the case.
If you want to improve your overall diet you have to get in the habit of reading labels. This applies to all the pre made and pre packaged foods you get, not just protein bars.
When you start reading labels on a regular basis you may be amazed at how some supposedly
â€œhealthyâ€? food choices are anything but healthy.
And, learn to look at more than just the overall calories of a product. While important, that is not the only criteria that determines if something is healthy or not.
Two other things you need to look at are the amount of carbohydrates and the sodium levels. Often, pre packaged foods will be loaded with sodium. Just get used to checking.
Ok, here are some other pros and cons to consider:
1. Meal replacement bars are convenient. It's true that there are a lot of brands to compare (remember to read those labels) as well as many flavors to choose from.
But once you've picked out the ones you like best it is a simple thing to toss a few into your purse, backpack, glove compartment or briefcase.
Then you can just eat one whenever you feel hungry. It's much better than a fast food meal.
2. Meal replacement bars can help you feel fuller longer. According to some studies, meal replacement bars can help you feel full and satisfied for around three hours.
These same studies found that a meal replacement shake, on the other hand, tended to only help people feel full for about an hour.
Apparently, this has something to do with the actual process of chewing. When you chew it sends a signal to the brain that you are eating, whereas just drinking a shake does not.
3. And last but not least, you know exactly how many calories you are taking in, it's right on the label.
This can help you figure out your daily caloric intake, or your daily points, much more easily.
1. They aren't all good for you. I alluded to this above, but it is important. Read the labels and make sure that bars you choose aren't just bad for you candy bars hiding in a protein bar wrapper.
2. These bars do tend to be kind of pricey. Even if you buy them at your local grocery store, it will be kind of costly and for those people on a tight budget, it may be out of reach.
I hope this article on meal supplement bars has given you some good insight as to what to look for and what to stay away from.
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