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Energy Bars: What You Should Know

Posted Nov 23 2009 10:01pm

With so many types of energy bars and different companies boasting about different abilities, it’s pretty hard t know which type of energy bar is right for you. You can also end up spending a fortune on them hoping that it will help take your workouts to the next level.

Below are some tips and strategies to help you decide if energy bars are a good fit for your body and lifestyle.

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Convenience. When you find yourself in a situation where it seems impossible to sit down and have a meal or you’re on the road constantly an energy bar might be a hassle-free and somewhat nutritious snack.

Handy. They don’t take up much space because they’re compact and light which makes it that much easier to sneak one in your purse, pocket or in a small area of your car. If you do have them on hand they work great as a vitamin enriched emergency food for when you’re stuck in a jam or feel a sense of hunger.

Support Pre-Exercise Eating. Having a nutritious snack before doing your workout is a great way to increase your stamina and endurance. You should also eliminate the illusion that the energy boost you get from the bar is not associated with any magical ingredients (chromium, amino acids) but rather from eating 200 to 300 calories. These calories in general (which usually have sugar) obviously fuel you better than the zero calories.

Promote Eating During Endurance Exercise. Having an energy bar is also a great way to boost stamina and endurance in long bouts of activity. Instead of just relying on the foods you put into your body before you exercise, you can safely consume an energy bar that has about 200-300 calories to keep you going.

State To Be “Easily” Digestible. The bottom line is that everyone’s digestive system works in a different way. Before actually using an energy bar at a big event or workout, test it out first and see how your body responds to it. It’s a game of trial and error but after a while you’ll be able to get a good sense of what works with your body and what doesn’t.

ENERGY BAR TIP: It’s a good idea to drink plenty of water when you do have an energy bar. If not, the bar may just settle in your stomach and you’ll get a huge feeling of discomfort, which happens because of the lack of water in the bar.

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Last Longer With Fat. A higher fat content is said to help you burn fat and exercise a bit longer. I personally have not found any research that has backed this up (to date). But one possible benefit that you can get from including a little fat into your pre-exercise snack is that is may be able to provide you with sustained energy. Eating a little fat can provide longer lasting energy if you’re doing an activity for more than 90 minutes, such as marathons or long distance bike rides.

Can Be Costly. You’ll have to shell out anywhere from 2-4 bucks to buy most sports bars. So test them out before you find the one you like and the one that works well with your body before you buy them in bulk.

So those are a few tips to help stop the confusion when it comes to energy bars. And if you’re looking for some high quality energy bars to include into your eating plans I highly recommend the Prograde Cravers – They’re AWESOME!

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