(Closed) Hi Fitness Bees, a question…

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

What is the sugar content of the granola bars?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’d wear a backpack and pack a lunch! And when I pack it, I’d track the calories I am packing!!! all that walking? you should be losing weight! granols bars are VERY processed, high sugar content too.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Do you journal your food? Is it possible you’re eating more calories for other meals since you’re not getting a propper lunch? Also, those granola bars aren’t necessarily “good for you.” I’m sure they’re quite high in sugar. You may also be overestimating how many calories you’re burning with the dog walking…this is why I love my heart rate monitor. It gives you a better idea.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would definitely start tracking your food on My Fitness Pal or the like.  There’s a good chance you’re not eating enough.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Agree with keeping track of calories.  Often we eat more than we think, even if it’s all “healthy” stuff!

Also for some good “on the go” snacks that are a little more filling and balanced, you could bring something like an ounce of nuts and a serving of apricots or other dried fruit, or a piece of whole fruit like an apple, or a hard-boiled egg and a piece of fruit.  The thing with the Nature Valley bars is that they are primarily carbs.  I’m not a “carbs are bad” girl but you might feel more satisfied eating carbs + some fat + some protein which the above ideas accomplish.  If you do find that you are eating too much, a more balanced snack can help you feel full for longer and that may help you to eat less overall.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Granola bars are a killer of any diet! Too much sugar!

 

As a dog walker could you do a very light jog when walking them… That would revamp your metabolism.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Those granola bars pack quite a sugar/calorie punch, even the healthy ones. Yes, I suppose they are healthier than snickers bars, but still not necessarily diet friendly. If you look at the ingredients on one of those bars, there are lots of things in there that are said to impede weight loss.

That being said, if that’s ALL you’re eating for 3-6 hours, you still should be losing weight, no matter how high the sugar content. I mean, that can’t be more than 400 calories.

You mention you eat lots of protein, what do you eat that makes up your protein intake? The foods you listed are all carb/grain heavy, all suspected to spike your blood sugar (which in turn can signal your body to store fat) all digested right away, etc.

ETA- for meals on the go, I do have one easy recommendation. I cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts for lunches during the week, and sometimes for snacks. When I eat it as a snack, I just eat the whole chunk cold. Seriously, I put the three oz breast in a baggie, refrigerate it, and pull it out and eat it cold. (Of course you have to be careful that you don’t leave it sitting out for too long, you might have to invest in an insulated bag with an icepak). This chicken is pretty bland, but hey, if you’re hungry, it works. A lot of dieting people shy away from bananas because of their high sugar content, but one a day shouldn’t hurt you and it’s filling. Avocado slices are high in calories, but high in fiber and filling, and not very much sugar. If you eat almonds, make sure you buy them raw. Roasted almonds lose some of their nutrients in the roasting process. Shelled pistchachios are also good.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feel like even for 6 hours of work, you could eat a balanced meal before you go, and then one snack around 300 calories (1 oz of nuts and 1 piece of fruit will do the trick and you can eat these 1-handed) and should not be too hungry.  But I still think it’s important to keep track of how much you eat.  Maybe do it for a week to get a good idea of things and find out if you are eating too much overall.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Losing weight is always calories burned must be greater than calories consumed.  OP – it is possible that you are eating more than you thing you are (as PP have mentioned).

OR – it is possible that you are not burning as many calories as you think you are.  For example – when I do field work (hiking/walking all day, climbing rocks, hammering at rocks, etc) I tend to gain weight.  While I *feel* like I am being active all day, the “exercise” i get during fieldwork burns less calories than when I hit the gym and run for an hour.  I know, it seems weird at first blush….but in the field, I eat a lot more than normal (hello- I am walking all day long).  When I am in the office, I eat very little (since I am sitting most of the day) but my time at the gym burns off the calories.

Same thing happens when I go for day-long kayaking trips…..

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yeah, I don’t think granola bars are the greatest meal replacement if you’re looking to lose weight (all that sugar would kill my diet). 

I would look for lower sugar alternatives. You could roll up slices of cheese with some turkey or chicken lunch meat to make easy, one handed snacks that are higher protein/lower carb. Raw almonds also make an easy snack, and you can usually eat those one handed. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve really been getting into making my own version of the “healthy” things that are really still packed with sugar.  Why not try making your own granola bars?  Then you can control the amount of sugar, fiber and protein that goes into them. 

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