We recently wrote about SlimShots, an “all natural” liquid designed to help you eat less. Unfortunately, our results were not positive. Our members have asked about another all natural diet tool called FullBar. FullBar is a puffed cereal bar that you eat 30 minutes before a meal, which should help you to eat less at mealtime. Both are all natural, yet each takes a radically different approach to helping you eat less.
FullBar was created by Dr. Michael Snyder, a weight loss surgeon that has performed over 2000 surgeries. He recognized that many people might do just as well if they found another way to feel fuller and eat less, without surgery. FullBar is a puffed wheat cereal bar designed to be eaten 30 minutes before your two biggest meals of the day. Eat it slowly, while drinking a large glass of water. You should feel full enough by meal time that you can eat about half of what you normally would. Assuming half of your meal would contain more calories than contained in the FullBar, you would end up consuming fewer calories and losing weight.
Each FullBar contains 180 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. How large are your meals? Let’s say you usually eat around 600 calories at dinner time. If you reduce that to 300 calories, and add in the 180 calorie FullBar, then you cut your meal by 120 calories. Do this twice a day and after six days you’ve cut out 1440 calories! (Snyder recommends using FullBar only 6 days per week.)
We decided to try FullBar for ourselves. We followed the instructions and at a FullBar 30 minutes before lunch, and had a very tall glass of water along with it. We had already planned vegetable soup for lunch, which usually only tides us over for a little while and leaves us vulnerable to snacking soon after. We still ate the full bowl of soup, but we felt stuffed! We tried it again at dinner and purposely measured out half of what we normally would have eaten. We felt satisfied. However, we should mention that our meals aren’t normally very large to begin with.
FullBars taste great and are available in 6 flavors including Peanut Butter, Caramel Apple Crunch, Cocoa Chip, Cranberry Almond, Berry Bliss, and Lemon Lime. They are sweetened with natural sweeteners such as honey, brown rice syrup, and agave nectar. The amount of sugar in a FullBar is about the same as is in an apple. One variety, Caramel Apple Crunch, also contains a small amount of HFCS which is in the caramel used in the recipe.
Could this help someone lose weight? Possibly! If you usually eat a large meal, you might feel satisfied consuming a FullBar first and find yourself eating less of the more calorie dense foods. But we don’t think FullBar is for everyone. If you usually eat a very large meal, then you might not get as much satisfaction from a FullBar. If you normally eat small mini-meals, then it’s unlikely you’ll save more calories than you consume with the FullBar. Your results may vary
Could you get the same effect by eating a bowl of cereal or grapes before a meal? It seems probable, though we haven’t tested it. However, it isn’t always convenient to carry a bowl of cereal around in your purse, and they have a longer shelf life than grapes. Also, FullBar has a tested combination of fiber, protein, and bulk to keep you satisfied, and took 4 years to develop.
We confirmed that FullBar can help keep us fuller and it seems reasonable that it could help someone eat fewer calories overall. We’re going to give FullBar a longer trial and will report back on January 1 to let you know if we felt it helped us lose a few nagging pounds. If you are curious about the FullBar, you don’t need to buy a three month supply to try it. Go to your local GNC and buy a few bars to try it out. If you find it helps, then you can buy it directly from FullBar and get it much cheaper if you buy in bulk.
You can learn more about FullBar at http://www.fullbar.com