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Mocha Creme Power Crunch Bar!

Ok, I don't know if you have ever tried any of the power crunch bars…, if you haven't, you are really, really, really missing out on what is basically a “good for you” cookie.
I LOVE these things!    O.K…. I am coming out…. I am a cookie addict! Ok, I said it!

 

I especially love wafer cookies, but since I try to stay below 10% bodyfat, I really can't feel good about eating most cookies. On top of that, I don't do well with high fructose corn syrup (in most cookies). So when I found these, I went berserk…haha h ah ha ha

It's a wafer cookie to be exact, but it has 13g of protein and low carbs with low glycemic stimulation sweeteners. (sucralose, dextrose and stevia extract).

Why are low glycemic stimulation sweeteners important? Because insulin spikes with normal sugars such as sucrose (table sugar) and many others like it.

Why do you care if your insulin spikes? Because when your insulin spikes ALL FAT BURNING STOPS and FAT STORAGE STARTS!

I can here you now… (whiney voice) “But I thought carbs were BAD for dieting or losing weight…” Well, yes true to a point and what is also true is that 90% of the people that start diets STOP diets because they cannot maintain their NAZI diet approach. Diet is a lifestyle! Not an event! So unless you are ready to retreat to a Buddhist Monk colony and renounce all desrires to reach Nirvana, you are most likely going to eat carbs. I'll go further, you are most likely to EAT CANDY, DONUTS, PASTRIES, SODA and a gazillion other foods that are BAD for dieting.

My point? Some days you just want a COOKIE! So if you're going to have a cookie AND you like wafer cookies (I LOVE THEM)…I used to eat a LOT of sugar wafer cookies back in the day… Then WHY NOT eat a cookie that has some redeeming value?? 13g of protein, good slow burning carbs, MOST IMPORTANTLY— TASTES RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!

So now that we are past all the sdrawkcab dieting semi-misinformation, lets just talk about how awesome these protein cookie bars really are. Ok, not much to say, other than if you like wafer cookies, you are absolutely going to go wild over these.

Flavors?  Berry, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge, Vanilla Creme, Cookies and Creme, Peanut Butter Creme, Triple Chocolate, Salt Carmel, and my absolute favorite Mocha… I honestly like ALL these flavors, but Mocha is on another level for me.

They sell a variety pack too:

 

So if you're Jones'n for a snack (and we ALL DO) and you want to make a better choice, do what I do and grab a Power Crunch Bar (Mocha if you're like me) and thank the company that makes them because they make dieting and losing weight a LOT more tolerable. Honestly, eating these is NOT dieting at all, while at the same time it IS! You KNOW what I mean.

Diet & Weight Loss Basics

In my decades of personal training, the thing I have most found frustrating is that new clients do not believe the basics of weight loss, fat loss, diet….etc.

So in case you are wondering what they are here is a short list:

  • Eat around every three hours. This speeds up your metabolism (the rate at which your body burns calories) and it also prevents your body from going into starvation mode in which it prepares to store calories (as fat) since it thinks it may not get any for a while.
  • Cut WAY down on carbs (carbs is short for carbohydrates and sugars are included in this category). Carbs do two things that tank your weight loss efforts.
    • They cause an insulin gush which stops all fat burning and starts all fat storage.
    • After the insulin gush, your blood sugar drops causing you to get hungry again….viscous cycle!!

This doesn't mean you can't have carbs, it just means you need to have them as a side dish, not the main course, like the government sponsored food pyramid shows!

  • There is two things that can absolutely turbo boost your weight loss efforts.
    • Drink a LOT of water. Seriously, at least a half gallon a day. Water speeds up your metabolism and makes youre metabolism much more efficient and as a bonus, rinses away a LOT of toxins that can also tank your weight loss efforts.
    • Eat a health amount of fiber. You can either eat veggies or fiber cereals (most or psyllium based). Fiber fills you up (so does water come to think of it).

I realize this is super simple and so most people simply reject it and say, “it can't be that easy”. But the truth is, it CAN and it IS!

I have literally trained THOUSANDS of clients over decades and have never failed to see these principles work when applied consistently. The only exception is hormonal. If your hormones are off (and I always suggest a check up before you start trying to lose weight) you could end up sabotaging yourself needlessly and to much sorrow.

Thyroid (low thyroid or hypO-thyroid – as opposed to hypER-thyroid which is high thyroid), low thyroid is the number one reason people can't lose weight when they are really doing the above consistently and the weight just won't come off.

So, get yourself a hormonal check up, and if all is well, start implementing the above tactics and watch it melt off over time. Do NOT expect to lose weight quickly. Losing it quickly is a sign you are actually doing something wrong. Slow and steady stays off, quick and dirty come back with even more pounds of fat!