Personally, I never diet or get ready for a show using protein bars. When creating a diet for someone I also stay away from substituting a bar for a meal. I am a firm believer in real food. The closer to nature you eat the better your body feels and looks! I prefer eating lean protein: fish, chicken, turkey, beef. Many protein bars contain preservatives and chemicals because they need to last on store shelves. We were not intended to eat processed foods or artificial ingredients.
However, if you were stuck without a meal and needed to eat, it would better to eat the protein bar instead of slowing your metabolism down by skipping a meal. It is better to feed your body than starve it by going without eating. There are some protein bars that are better than others. Try to keep the ingredient list to as few ingredients as possible. If many of the ingredients are hard to pronounce, do not buy it or eat it!
If you know you will be away from the kitchen at meal time, leave prepared. All the serious competitive bodybuilders I know walk around eating their meals out of Tupperware containers. They have prepared their meals ahead of time and are not supplementing meals with protein bars. I really don’t know any professional bodybuilders who have bulked up and or have become shredded from dieting on artificial ingredients. Don’t be fooled when reading all those magazines with claims of “packing on size” with protein bars.
So when you really want to get serious about dieting and looking great, my advice on protein bars would be to choose unprocessed lean protein or choose a quality protein powder like the ones sold by JBT labs!
1986 – 1st -NPC Mr. Southern Cal ( Lightweight)
1989 – 1st -NPC Cal. Novice and Overall ( Lightweight)
1992 – 1st – NPC Mr. Orange County ( Lightweight)
1993 – 1st – NPC Mr. California ( Lightweight)
1994 – 2nd – NPC Mr. North American ( Lightweight)
1995 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Middleweight)
1998 – 7th – NPC USA ( Middleweight)
1999 – 1st – Mr. Los Angeles ( Light Heavyweight)
2008 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Masters Middleweight)
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