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3 Reasons to Give Cereal Bars the Boot!

One common breakfast choice that many people find themselves grabbing on the run is a cereal or energy bar. Sadly, this is one of the worst diet moves you could make.

If you’re looking to firm up and shed fat fast, it’s important that you stop and consider the foods that you’re eating on a daily basis.  What you put into your body each day is going to have a massive influence on how you look in the long-run and those who choose the most nutritious and low calorie foods are going to find that they experience the fastest rate of fat loss.

The breakfast meal is one that’s especially important because this is going to set you up to feel your best all day long.

One common breakfast choice that many people find themselves grabbing on the run is a cereal or energy bar.  Sadly, this is one of the worst diet moves you could make.  Let’s take a quick peek at why you should say no to that cereal bar and what a better option would be.

1) They’re Low In Protein

The very first reason why you should say "so long" to starting your day off with a cereal bar is because they’re incredibly low in protein.  If you look at the nutritional information on the box of your favorite cereal bar, you’re lucky if they include 5-8 grams of protein (it likely has just 1-2 grams – some even less).

2) They Contain Refined Carbs

The second reason why cereal bars aren’t your wisest decision is because they also contain a high amount of refined carbs. These refined carbs are going to send your blood sugar levels soaring, only to plummet, leaving you feeling hungry, irritable, and like you need more carbs.

Refined carbs are the primary thing you want to stay away from and these cereal bars are almost 100% refined carbs.

3) Most Don’t Provide Sufficient Fiber

Finally, the last reason to give cereal bars the boot is because they don’t contain enough fiber.  If you want fiber, go with bran cereal or a piece of fruit.  That will pack in at least three grams of fiber compared to the measly 1-2 that most cereal bars will offer you.

So next time you’re headed out the door and about to grab a cereal bar, think twice.  A far better option would be mixing together a quarter cup of oatmeal, a half scoop of protein powder, and a tablespoon of natural almond butter or peanut butter to form your own home-made bar that has just 250 calories and will offer you a healthy mix of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats.

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Paul Singley December 09, 2012 at 05:24 AM
This is interesting. I give my daughter cereal bars all the time. She's 20 months old. I obviously realize you mean this blog for adults, but do you think they are healthy for my daughter or might something else be a better option? Thanks.
James Cipriani December 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Hi Paul. I apologize for my delayed response. Yes..my blog is intended more for the older individual and geared towards health, performance and body transformations. As for your daughter, I think they are fine. My only recommendation is make sure they are as "natural" as possible. The less fillers, preservative, chemicals, and synthetic ingredients, the better.

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