Diet Direct Product Review: Bariwise Caramel Crunch

Today I got a sample of the Caramel Crunch Protein Bar.  Let’s start with the nutrition, then I’ll focus on everything else.

Calories: 170
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 4.0g
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 100mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 8g
Protein: 15g

OK, now that THAT is out of the way…

Appearance: Boxes lie.  This does not look like the box.  Yes it’s covered in chocolate, and technically has caramel in the middle (do not judge me for breaking it open and looking at it before taking a bite), but the “crispy” coating on the outside is way understated compared to the image, and the caramel is more of a 1:8 ratio with the peanut buttery base, rather than the 1:1 they’re displaying in the image.  Moving on!

The first bite:  Weird consistency…kind of like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter eggs (you know the ones, that have the Reese’s stuff inside but look egg shaped and cost like $0.50?)    Caramel…not so much.  More like peanut butter flavor and a bit of a caramel undertone.  The crunch is kind of reminiscent of a Nestle Crunch bar.

The remaining bites: Nibble vs. shovel…definitely shovel.  There is something about the first bite that is less than appealing, but like booze, it seems to tend to improve with the number of bites you take.

Buy it again?:  Honestly?  I don’t think so.  There are other protein bars that I still enjoy more than this bad boy.  Don’t get me wrong, if I was uber hungry (like now) and in a pinch (again, like now), then this bar would definitely get the job done.  And with 15g of protein and only 170 calories, it isn’t going to weigh too heavily on my conscience tonight when I go home.

The Scale Moved!

So, I haven’t been mentioning it, but for the last two weeks I’ve been jumping on the scale once every 4-5 days, just to see if I had experienced a loss at all.  Until this week I had not had any change, or it was going the wrong way!  Let’s talk about devastated shall we?  I felt like I was busting my butt trying to workout and eat healthier, skip the soda etc. etc. etc. and the scale was NOT agreeing with what I was doing?

This morning as I stepped on the scale, I was prepared for the “ugly number”…183.4…that seemed to be the trend starting after the holidays.  Nope, this morning I was 182.0!  Do not rain on my parade about how our bodies can fluctuate day to day, I know that, but today’s the first time since I started this new living style that it is cooperating!

The new living style I’m referring to is trying to eat smarter on a day to day basis, making smarter choices, and if I snack, snacking on Wonderslim Protein products.  No, I have no idea if today is just a fluke, I’ll have to keep working at this day in and day out to see if a trend will start.  My goal is pretty relaxed, I’d like to lose at least 3 pounds per month of fat.  Just 3.  Why 3?  That’ll be 9 pounds by the end of April, and another 3 by the end of May, so I’d be down to roughly 170 by June, with some muscle replacing some of that fat, and would be ready for a summer of motorcycle riding and looking AWESOME in general.  If by some miracle I am able to get to 5 pounds lost / month (which is entirely possible on many weight loss programs), that’d be 20 pounds between now and the end of May.

Why am I losing slowly this time instead of doing Ideal protein again?  I want to try to do this in a way that I don’t have to rebalance my how-to-eat strategy.  If I start my how-to-eat from the standpoint of eating normal food on a daily basis, then it’ll be less change for me.

I don’t have  a problem shelling out $10 for a box of 7 meal replacement bars, or hot chocolate, or pudding, or chocolate dream bars.  They taste great, and are so much lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein that I see them as an easy lifelong snack choice instead of my original snacks: ice cream, mini candybars, and cookies, like, a lot of cookies!

Will I ever be to the “snack on carrots+range/cucumbers/kiwi/fruit in general”?  That’d be ideal, but I don’t know that I’ll ever get there.  It still feels like a “chore” to eat healthy.  Dinner this week has been a huge success, sticking with my meal plan I set up on Sunday.  Three days down, two to go. Remaining meals: Braised Pork Chops and then Tenderloin with Creamy Garlic Sauce.  The weekend is completely unplanned, and I’m definitely OK with a few days of non-planning after a week of scheduled everything!

Tonight is a non-gym night, then it’ll be back to the gym Fri/Sat/Sun.  So I better live it up when I have an extra 2 hours available, because I’ll be praying to the God of the AMT for the next 3 days.