Careful How You Choose Your Protein Bar
You’ve probably heard eating five or six small meals a day is one way to maintain a healthy weight and keep your energy levels high, particularly if you work out regularly. But let’s face it: it’s hard enough to find time to cook one meal a day, never mind six. When you’re on the go and looking for a quick, healthy small meal, a nutrition bar can be a good option.
However, there are so many different brands and types of bars on the market — meal replacement/diet bars, energy bars, protein bars — that choosing one that’s healthy and suits your goals can be quite confusing. Let’s try and make some sense of it for you.
What Protein Bar is Best for You?
The different types of bars all contain varying levels of protein, carbohydrates, fat, and sugar, depending on their intended goal. Energy bars are generally designed to give a boost of energy to endurance athletes, such as marathoners and cyclists. Therefore, their main ingredient is carbs, which provide the “fuel” necessary to make it through a competition. Meal replacement bars are essentially “diet” bars; they contain the least amount of calories and more carbs than protein.
They are meant to replace a meal for dieters, or as a healthy, low-calorie pre or post-workout snack. Finally, protein bars are designed with weightlifters in mind. With high levels of protein, they are meant to help you build muscle and lose fat when you’re training.
Always Read the Label
While a nutrition bar can be a healthy choice once in a while, you should always read the labels carefully. Many bars are packed with sugar, which can make them just as bad as a regular chocolate bar. You should always choose one that contains little refined sugars and saturated fats. Also, don’t make the mistake of eating too many of these, or you might end up packing on the pounds. And be aware many bars tested by ConsumerLab didn’t meet its labeling claims, which means they may contain more fat and sugar than you think.
Like all foods you consume, read the label and make wise decisions to fit your lifestyle and activity levels.
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Exercise is vital for managing diabetes; the other essential management tool is a well-balanced healthy nutritious diet. Implementing regular exercise into your daily routine will allow you to easily achieve optimum health and take control of your diabetes. Here at the club we certainly can help you with both!
Before starting and exercise program to help you in managing diabetes you need to consult with your doctor first to see which exercises will be the most beneficial for you. Depending on what condition your diabetes is you need to realize that some exercises can actually cause you more harm than good. When you are ready, speak with a professional on our staff to assist you.
Always remember that before starting your exercises, you need to do at least 5 minutes of warm-up exercises so that you do not cause yourself unnecessary injury. When you have completed your exercise program for the day, it is also very important that you do a 5-minute cool down for the same reasons as with the warm-ups.
Following are some different exercises that will help you in managing diabetes more easily, both at the club and at home:
Working with one of our trainers
An easy walk around the block
Taking your dog for a walk
A gentle jog
Using our cardio equipment
Gardening or mowing the lawn
Swimming has many great benefits
Cycling is another option that is beneficial
Joining an aerobics class can be fun
Doing the chores around the house
When you start your exercise program, depending on your fitness level, make sure that you start off slowly, don’t rush in and overdo as this can cause you many complications that you can do without. Start with 10 to 15 minutes per day and gradually build up to at least half an hour per day.
The secret to doing exercises on a regular basis so that managing diabetes can be obtained is to do exercises that your enjoy, if you don’t like doing the exercise, it will feel like a chore and you will give up too easily. Some exercise activities can be done with a friend or family member, this will allow you to become motivated as well as look forward to each time you come to the club.