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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Interesting Thing Regarding Protein Bars

    Yesterday I was working and wanted to grab something quick to eat before my heavy bench press training. I usually try to take something with me but in a pinch I will fall back on a protein bar. I usually opt for the Detour Peanut Carmel protein bar, on the bar it slightly resembles a snickers and if I close my eyes and ignore the taste I can pretend it is. Yesterday when I stopped at the gas station all of the ones they had out were smashed so I made a judgment call and bought a supreme protein peanut butter crunch.

    I remember when I first bought a supreme protein bar, I thought it was the best tasting protein bar I had ever had. Seriously I have no idea why but after a couple years they now taste downright awful. Almost every new protein bar that I try and ends up tasting slightly good ends up being awful after being on the market for awhile. I am not sure if stores just don't rotate their stocks well or what but the bar I had yesterday was pretty close to being inedible.

    After choking it down I looked over the label. I usually cringe when I do because it seems like they throw all kinds of weird things in those bars. Just going off the calories and nutrient breakdown what I basically found was that the bar had 390 calories, 170 of those calories come from fat. 18 Grams of fat with 9 grams of saturated fat, 26 grams of carbs, 10 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 30 grams of protein.

    I wanted something to compare it to so I decided to look up the nutrition of a McDonald. I was surprised to find that it had 390 calories 170 calories from fat. 19 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 33 grams of carbs, 7 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 22 grams of protein.

    Almost identical. You can argue that the protein bar had a better source of protein and the carbs might be of a better source but honestly is it that much of a difference. The protein bar costs 3 dollars and the McDouble is a dollar and tastes a million times better. I guess the one plus side from the protein bar is that is tasted so awful there was no chance I would have a second one where as with the McDouble I would be tempted to have three of them.

    One thing I forgot is that the McDonald had about triple the sodium content of the protein bar.

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    Yeah they have good sources of protein in the Supreme bars, I think whey and casein. Also I think Supremes taste pretty damn good. I would prefer one over a McDouble anyday...however you could get 2 and a half McD's for the cost of one Supreme bar....
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    Next time opt for a novus bar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    Next time opt for a novus bar.
    They don't sell those anymore, unfortunately.
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    The beauty of the protein is that when I'm stuck at work at the bar, I can keep one in my back pocket and it in the middle of my shift. A good snack makes the night suck just a little less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    They don't sell those anymore, unfortunately.
    They were delicious.


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    lol sure it was a healthy sports bar? I regularly buy natural nut bars for a snack, not pre or post workout and they have far better stats that that (obviously not the protein count).

    I would actually count those bars you mentioned in the unhealthy category....o.0 9 grams of sat fat? lol rightio.

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    Yeah not really looking for advice on what to eat. I was just intrigued by how similar their stats were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazylarry View Post
    The beauty of the protein is that when I'm stuck at work at the bar, I can keep one in my back pocket and it in the middle of my shift.
    and you cant do that with a mcdouble? =P
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    Make your own protein bars. They are SO EASY to make and much healthier, since you choose your ingredients. Google a recipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    They don't sell those anymore, unfortunately.
    indeed it is a tragic situation

    although one must question if sugar alcohols are any better than "real" carbs regardless of net carb impact. dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f=ma View Post
    indeed it is a tragic situation

    although one must question if sugar alcohols are any better than "real" carbs regardless of net carb impact. dunno.
    da fuk does net carb impact even mean? I always counted them like regular carbs anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevelle2291 View Post
    da fuk does net carb impact even mean? I always counted them like regular carbs anyways.
    yeah they count.. its about blood sugar impact though i think

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    Yeah I wonder the same thing about sugar alcohols.

    Regarding making your own protein bars, yeah I could see how that is relevant. I am at work and forgot to take something from home and want something to eat on the go before training so going to the store and buying ingredients and then making a small fire in the store parking lot and baking the ingredients seems like the best option.--- Edit--- all in good jest.
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