For anybody looking to increase their lean muscle mass and burn fat or keep their body fat levels under control, a high protein diet is simply a must. Protein is vital for muscle growth and repair and as a result, anybody looking to increase or maintain their muscle mass should aim for between 1 and 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, so for example, a 200 pound man would require between 200 – 300 grams of protein each day. Protein is most commonly found in a variety of foods, with meats, seafood, and eggs being some of the most common examples. It is also found in vegetarian and plant based sources, but even so, getting several hundred grams of protein each day can be tricky from food sources alone. There are however, dozens upon dozens of different kinds of protein supplement now available, including handy and ready to eat protein bars. Protein bars are specially manufactured bars, often made from cereals, and oats and combined with various ingredients such as chocolate, dried fruits, and other flavourings. They provide around 20 – 25 grams of protein per bar, and a healthy source of low G.I carbohydrates as well.
What are the benefits of Protein Bars supplements?
Now we know what protein bars are, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of them, shall we?
They promote muscle growth
Obviously the main benefit of protein bars is the fact that they promote muscle growth and repair. We need protein to repair and rebuild our muscles after we exercise, and indeed to simply maintain them, which is why these bars are so handy. Simply grab one, open the packaging, and snack away.
They promote fat loss
Another great reason to eat these bars is the fact that they actually help to promote fat loss. As they’re high in protein, the protein increases the metabolism meaning we burn more calories and have more energy, making us even more active still. They’re also low in sugars and G.I carbs, as well as unhealthy fat as well.
They're so convenient
The main reason why these bars were created was to be as convenient as possible. For people with active lifestyles such as athletes for example, they will obviously need the protein and nutrients in their bodies as quickly as possible. Following a training session, they don’t have time to start cooking a chicken and vegetable stir fry, and so require something quick and easy. These bars are ideal. For anybody on long journeys or for times when they have no access to whole food, these bars are perfect.
They taste great
Another great benefit of protein bars is the fact that they taste amazing. With flavours such as choc chip, chocolate orange, banana and toffee, cookie dough etc, you know the products are going to taste amazing, and that’s exactly what they do. Eating a protein bar will feel like a treat and will be something you actually enjoy and look forward to.
How and when should they be consumed?
Remember, these are SUPPLEMENTS meaning they’re designed to supplement the diet, not make up 90% of what you consume. They can be consumed during any time of the day to help you increase your protein intake, but preferably not with a food source as this could slow the absorption rate of the protein and render it ineffective. Simply put, if you’re peckish and feel like a snack, one of these bars is perfectly ideal.
Are there any dangers or side effects to be way of?
Always read the nutritional and ingredients labels to ensure the bar doesn’t contain any ingredients you may be allergic to, and also do not exceed the recommended daily dosage either. These bars are not designed to replace meals, they’re designed to provide a healthy high protein snack, or a quick and easy source of nutrition when no other sources are available. Too much protein can lead to kidney, liver, and other organ issues so ensure you don’t consume too many. We recommend no more than a maximum of three bars per day, spaced out in between meals throughout the day.