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.

Diet Direct Sale this Week!

This week is starting off great!  If you’ve ever considered trying Diet Direct for your alternative to IP, but are on the fence about it, they have a great sale going on with their pudding/shakes right now, only $10.49/box of 7.  The normal price is $11.99 , not exactly hugely expensive, but hey, $1.50/box is a savings of $4.50 for three boxes, which is enough for a week of WonderSlim.

So, if you’re wondering what flavors are out there, here’s a little table (with links) of the possibilities.

Also, Diet Direct has their Hot Drinks on sale this week!  For me this is super exciting because I love their hot chocolate. 20% off of their products gets most of them from about $11.99/box of 7 down to $9.50 or so.

Use Coupon Code HOTDRINK20 Sale Ends Sunday, January 20th

If you are wanting to try out DietDirect, you can use my referral link to get $10 registration bonus for you just for trying their products, which also have a money back guarantee.  I’ve never had to use the money back guarantee as there has yet to be something of theirs I didn’t like.

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 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.