Protein Bars and Fat Loss

If you're currently on a fat loss diet, you might have wondered before whether replacing some of your former snacks with a protein bar is a good option.

The big issue with many of the cereal bars out there is that while they may be low in fat, they're often high in sugar and lack any protein at all, causing a big rush of sugar in the system, followed by a crash.

This can lead you to overeat later on, and could increase the chances you gain weight.

This is also why many people think that protein bars are a better option.

But are they really?

Total Calories

First up, assess how many calories are in a protein bar. Very often they will have 300+ calories, which while isn't as high as a fast food meal for example, isn't going to do your diet any favors - particularly for the amount of food you get.

You'd be far better off eating a can of tuna, 1/2 cup of rice, and 2 cups of steamed vegetables, which would equate to about the same calories.

Total Sugar Content

While protein bars do have protein in them, they also often have a high level of sugar as well. For someone who is aiming to lose weight, this again becomes problematic.

If you are going to opt for a protein bar, choose on of the lower carb ones available, or one that has a low sugar count.

Total Fat

Finally, keep in mind that some bars are higher in fats, and usually these are not healthy fats.

For this reason, it's a really good idea to pay careful attention to the label, so you know exactly what you're getting.

So, on the whole, protein bars are typically not your best choice for a fat loss snack. While they are convenient and will be better than a cereal bar, you're still going to be much better off making that extra effort and preparing a healthier snack of your own.