When it comes to your contest diet and serving size, portion control can play a crucial role in your rate of fat loss and even muscle development. Most people don’t even think about the amount of food or the nutrition facts when they sit down for a good meal. Those with a goal to lose fat, transform their body, or compete in a figure competition need to be aware of not only WHAT they are eating, but also HOW MUCH they are eating.
The nutritional value (calories, protein, fat, carbs, sugar, sodium, etc.) of a food item can be easily found by reading the nutrition label. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What you need to pay attention to next is the serving size.
The Serving Size And Nutritional Value Of Many Healthy Products Just Might Shock You…
Drama About Protein Bars
On many processed food items, including nutrition bars, the serving size is quite meager compared to what you may be unknowing eating.
I don’t mean to burst any bubbles, but protein bars are processed food items. If you can’t literally hunt it, pick it, gather it, fish it, or harvest it, it’s processed. But does that mean you have to omit them from your figure competition diet? No, not necessarily.
A protein bar is typically meant for an off-beat snack or an emergency meal. Most protein bars are just gussied-up candy bars. Honestly, take a look at the label, those nutrition facts. Most, not all, but most nutrition bars contain a large number of calories, carbs, fat and sugar, and the protein isn’t usually enough to off-set the high sugar, and fat in some cases.
First, I’m not hatin’ on this protein bar, but if you’ve ever eaten and enjoyed Lenny and Larry’s Muscle Brownie, well I can tell you why you liked it. It’s doggone tasty and packed with 344 calories, 20 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat, 38 carbs and 24 sugars for one bar, or brownie. Sure, the label may appear to show something different, but if you notice, the serving size reads “Servings per container: 2.” Therefore, an actual serving of the muscle brownie would be only half of the brownie to give you what the label reads.
Are they bad for you and should you eliminate them? Not necessarily, but just keep in mind they are NOT 100% nutritious and just be aware of what’s in them and the amount you are eating. Compare the 20 grams of protein to the 12 grams of sugar in the bar. In doing so, well it’s easy to see it’s more of a candy bar and not a “protein bar.”
With protein bars you really need to choose them based on your current fitness goal. Some bars are high in calories all around for weight gain, other bars are high in fat, some are high in carbs, and others are high in sugar alcohol which can cause some gastrointestinal disruptions.
Trainer Trusted Protein Bar
So you are now aware that not all protein bars are created equal. Sure, one of those Lenny and Larry’s Muscle Brownies would be okay if you were stranded on a deserted road in the snow or you can even have one on your chosen cheat day. Just watch those nutrition labels and pay particular attention to the serving size so you don’t get bamboozled.
But hey, I’m not going to leave you in the dust. As a figure coach and personal trainer it’s my job to ensure you have the best information and I have found a protein bar that you can have and not feel so guilty about. It’s packed with amino acids so you aren’t constantly hungry and fiber to slow down that digestion so you stay content.
Protein Cookies by BioTRUST
BioTRUST has high quality and great tasting cookies that are healthy and well within your caloric and macronutrient budget. Each, rather large, cookie has just 150 calories and 12 grams of time-released protein derived from Certified Growth Hormone-Free cows. So you get all the muscle-building benefits without all the unhealthy junk.
In fact, this protein cookie is produced with 100% natural ingredients. It’s free of growth hormone and antibiotics (ewww…). Heck, these things are so pure they are also gluten-free. BioTRUST has made it their mission to deliver high-quality products that contain no artificial ingredients, soy, or wheat. And what’s the icing on the cake (pun intended) is that their protein cookies have no trans fat. NO TRANS FAT! Can you believe that? The cookies contain about 25 natural ingredients… Check it out.
Two Tasty Flavors to Choose From:
- Frosted Oatmeal Raisin
- Chewy Chocolate Chip
- 100% all natural
- 12 grams of protein
- Certified Hormone & Antibiotic Free proteins
- 6 grams of fiber
- No trans fat
- No soy
- No artificial sweeteners or other junk
Go With the Higher Quality for a Better Physique
I think the choice is pretty obvious. BioTRUST’s protein cookie contains 100% natural ingredients and it’s low in sugar. It’s a pretty balanced protein cookie when you put it against the other nutrition bars on the market. It will satisfy your hunger to prevent cravings and those shameful binges. Let’s face it, this protein cookie could be looked at as insurance in your figure diet program.
(Article, Serving Size of Protein Bars, Written by Karen Sessions)