Chances are you have a hectic work day and sometimes you can't take the time to eat a meal. Too often people reach for a cereal or sports bar thinking it will supply them with the energy they need and take away their huger.
Athletes also grab a sports bar to take with them on the run, looking for quick, portable energy they can carry and consume in between and during training. With so many energy bars and sports meal replacements out there, how do you know which to choose? While I agree that energy bars are better than cookies and candy, they are not the best choice.
Let’s start with energy bars. Chances are, if you’re an athlete, you consume them. While they’re great for pre-training and during a competitive event, the truth is they don’t offer much nutritional value.
Power Bars, Zone Bars, MetRx and other energy or meal replacement bars are all processed foods. As a rule, processed foods can sabotage even the most committed diet in part because they are so easy for our bodies to absorb.
Think of processed foods as partially digested foods. They allow our guts to get lazy, conserve energy and encourage weight gain. Energy and meal replacement bars are excellent during a competitive event as they offer a quick boost and portability, but for everyday use, they add to belly bulge with high caloric ingredients such as sugar and grains. Sports bars are dense and high in simple carbs to carry an athlete through training that puts them in a caloric deficit. If you're not working out hard and long, the calories are saved as fat.
It is a much better choice to choose trail mix, nuts, hemp seeds, chia, raisins, cranberries, goji berries, figs and fruit. These are portable and don't spoil so they are perfect for packing ahead of time. Throw some packs in your car to have on hand and leave some in your desk drawer at the office.
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