I've been tossing around the idea of this post for awhile now, but couldn't exactly get my thoughts down on the screen until tonight.
I don't know about you, but it seems lately so many healthy living bloggers are obsessed with protein powder. But just not protein powder in smoothies, but pancakes, muffins, homemade protein bars, and pretty much anything you can sneak protein into.
What's the deal? Is it because they are working out so hard they need that extra protein? Or is it because they think replacing meals (real food) with protein powder or bars will save them those extra calories to loose weight?
I'm not saying either reason is right or wrong, but I am going to guess alot of people eat them as meals for the second reason.
Two years ago I was that girl who replaced meals with protein bars. After eating one and convincing myself I was full, what did I get out of it? 200 calories with 20grams of protein. Oh right, let's ignore the fact that it was loaded with as much sugar as a candy bar or with artificial sweeteners which are even worse. And absolutely no nutrients.
I used to be the girl that didn't know the difference between eating real calories and empty calories. I used to be the girl that was always hungry thirty minutes later after eating one. I was the girl who ate a protein bar everyday and didn't lose any weight.
So my point to this is bloggers have a huge
influence on eating habits on others, whether we like it or not. When readers see fellow bloggers replacing protein bars with meals, is that healthy? For me it's not. I like getting my calories from real food. I know I'm not the only one who thinks this. Heather agrees she's tried crazy diets like replacing meals with Special K and she prefers eating real meals.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on replacing meals with protein bars. Do you think bloggers should be promoting replacing meals with protein bars as healthy?
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