Product Review: Bariwise Protein bar – Rockie Road

 

It’s edible, technically.    Super articicial sweetness to it, not in a good way.  Chewy, I have not determined if I managed to find a peanut in it, and would I ever buy this again?  Nope.  So far Wonderslim seems to have better tasting protein bars than Bariwise, as there are at least 2, if not 3, that I’d go crazy for (Cinnamon Crispy and Fudge graham).

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Wonderslim-What’s the Deal?



Alright so here it goes about one of my favorite Alternative Products (OK I’ll admit it, I’ve only tried 4, and loved them all for the most part). Wonderslim is available for purchase online from www.dietdirect.com. They actually have their own diet plan, which isn’t too far off from Atkins really, except it’s using their products instead and is significantly higher in carb intake throughout the day. I’ve tried a few of their products thus far and have been “mostly” impressed by all of them. Below will be my actual “take” on the situation and what it was that I went with for my choices.
WonderSlim Aspartame Free Pudding-Shakes (7 Servings/Box) – average cost is $11.49 for a box of 7, and these puddings are legitimately good. You can mix them with 4oz water and refrigerate for a half hour and get putting, or mix them with 6-8 ounces of water to end up with a shake, simple as that. I will admit I have mixed one with my coffee in the morning and made it as hot cocoa as an experiment, and I am thrilled to say that successful is an understatement (although use caution, mix it with minimal cool water and then add the hot water, otherwise it is like a science experiment gone horribly wrong. The basics: 7g Carbohydrates, 15g Protein per packet. Using the Aspartame free is essential when “mocking up” with the Ideal Protein diet, as the diet doesn’t allow Aspartame as a sweetener.
WonderSlim Meal Replacement Nutrition Bars (7 Servings/Box) – Average Cost $12.49 for a box of 7, and these bars are really hit or miss. Crispy Cinnamon I could eat until my teeth fell out, it’s like eating a cinnamon toast crunch breakfast bar, no joke. Mint cocoa tasted like a diet bar, and Crispy Fudge & Graham was tolerable but not awesome. The basics: 18g Carbohydrates, 15g Protein per bar. These would fall under “Restricted” as in no more than one per day due to the high carb amount. They do have an average of 5g Fiber however which brings their net carbs down to 13g, still high but more manageable.
WonderSlim Protein Diet Hot Drinks (7 Servings/Box) – Average Cost $11.49 for a box of 7. Hot chocolate specifically tastes awesome. They now make a Cappuccino, Raspberry Hot Chocolate and Mint Hot Chocolate that I intend on purchasing to replace my Swiss Miss come winter. The Basics: 6g Carbohydrates, 12g protein, 1g fiber.
WonderSlim Protein Diet Soups (7 Servings/Box) – Average Cost $11.49 for a box of 7. The only flavor I’ve tried so far is the Chicken & Vegetable Cream, and I will say that it is pretty darn good. When heated it works great either as a soup OR a topping for vegetables if you have a hard time with veggies or are getting bored.
WonderSlim Protein Diet Vegetable Cheese Omelet (7 Servings/Box) – Average Cost $11.49 for a box of 7. For all that is holy, avoid these like the plague. I am tolerant of MANY types of food, I could not finish one of these, and my dogs wouldn’t even eat the leftovers. Carbs=6g, protein=12g, fiber=1g
Replace the Ideal Protein shakes with WonderSlim to save about $30/week (ok maybe closer to $45), and that’s how I got started losing the weight initially.

Viva La Revolution!!

So it’s Wednesday, what a fun day for hump day, eh?  I sit here, sipping my protein shake, jamming out to Pink’s “Don’t Let me Get Me” and can’t help but think, today is going to be a good day.  Why is my mindset so optimistic you may ask?  I woke up thinner today, down to 175.0!!! This means that my experiment from the last two days so far has been a success!  I am continuing the trend today, shake, solid (snack), shake/veggie, solid(dinner)/veggie).  So far down 1 pound since Monday’s weigh in, lost 0.4 on Tuesday and another 0.6 today, just really need to keep this trend up this week so I can make it below 174.8 (which is my coveted 20 pound mark).

After my fantastic weigh in, I jumped on Facebook (because let’s face it, that’s something most people probably do the first 10 minutes they are awake for the day right?)  … Oh wait, let’s backtrack to yesterday’s debacle.

So I’m of Facebook, and up until yesterday was a member of an Ideal Protein “Group” (which will remain anonymous due to this not being the majority’s fault, who are innocent of any wrong doing), and I was posting up on a thread about something, I forget what exactly, but someone made the comment about asking me what I did for taking in extra fat.  I responded honestly that I had more fat intake, and when someone else asked about why, I informed them I was on “Alternative” program and that I was aware of the slower loss, but was OK with it because it made me have no stomach problems (because I hate gross things like constipation, cramping, diarrhea etc.)…apparently one of the site admins caught wind of this and started grilling me on whether or not  I was being “safe” about my loss and making sure I got my supplements in etc. and I responded with “I carefully researched this and made sure I’m getting the vitamins etc. I need”, this ended up being an hour long debate on a Facebook thread, yes really, and I hate troll-ey-type threads like that.  I defended with the information I had on the supplements, they asked how I knew I was meeting those, and I gave them the #’s from my vitamins and my GNC shake mix I have twice a day, which was equivalent to the Ideal Protein supplements, at which point I was asked to leave the group because I am not ON Ideal Protein.  They also informed me that IP was cheaper than normal eating out, I asked if it was cheaper than $80/month (shakes), $20/month (supplements), $24/month (snacks/treats x 14 servings to have when I’m not having a shake) for a total of $125/month roughly of expenses…which is basically the cost of one week on Ideal Protein.  They tried convincing me about how Ideal Protein is cheaper than normal eating out, which I’m sure it is, but the fact of the matter was that it wasn’t cheaper than what “I” had been doing, it was 3-4x more expensive per month, and honestly I’m saving money up for trips and cruises and motorcycle rallies oh my! So I do’nt want to shuck away all my money on PACKETS OF FOOD! I mean, it’s like eating powdered eggs, which I have no problem with (Hey, I went to public school) but I’m NOT going to pay $4 PER SERVING for a PACKET.  I will gladly pay $0.80-$0.95 / shake that I have however and then supplement my meats with higher quality meat and veggies (I also eat frozen veggies, such a rebel!)

Anyways, after I leave the group, I get a message this morning from someone else on the group, quietly asking where I got my supplements, what they were, what they cost, and what I did for my meals and snacks.  I felt like a total victor, because I think Ideal Protein WORKS absolutely, but I don’t think people should have to have that kind of money just to be able to get healthy.  Anyways, t his spurred me putting out the supplements I take completely listed by ingredient and cost, so I’m going to go ahead and get that put up on my page as a comparison with Ideal Protein’s supplements and see where we come out.  Oh, and I was informed that the Ideal Protein scientists are geniuses about finding how to get the proper absorption rate etc. for whatever given supplement.  Want to know something interesting?

FDA does not approve dietary supplements.

Unlike new drugs, dietary supplements are not reviewed and approved by FDA based on their safety and effectiveness. Most dietary supplements that contain a new dietary ingredient (a dietary ingredient not marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994) require a notification to FDA 75 days before marketing.

The notification must include the information that was the manufacturer or distributor’s basis for concluding that the dietary supplement will reasonably be expected to be safe. After dietary supplements are on the market, FDA evaluates their safety through research and adverse event monitoring.

So, no matter how awesome their scientists are, their supplements won’t be FDA approved.  On that note, neither will any of the OTHER vitamins / supplements I take, but eh that’s different, right? Haha! Oh well, off to get those supplements posted.

*Update* The supplements information is now available on its own page under the “Ideal Protein Resources / PDF’s” tab.