I’m having a hard time starting this review. I’m just not a negative person and I hate doing bad reviews. Normally I have something nice to say about most products but FullBar has me stumped for a few reasons. Before I get into them let me tell you a bit about the product. This is from their website…
Simply eat FullBar with an 8-ounce glass of water 30 minutes before your 2 biggest meals of the day. The upper part of your stomach is stretched out and tells your brain: "Stop! I’m full!" That’s because FullBar uses the same principles as weight-loss surgery. By meal time, you’ll eat less and your hunger will be completely satisfied.
Now, as a self proclaimed "eater" I get the whole ‘need to feel full’ thing. I really do. I love to eat and would routinely eat beyond a comfortable feeling or as Weight Watchers puts it "until satisfied." I know my problem with weight started from eating too much and it took me a long time grappling with portion sizes to get where I am today (maintaining a 65lbs loss for 3 years now.)
So the idea of eating something before a meal to help you feel full makes sense to me. However, why would you want to eat something unsatisfying? And I mean that on a taste front. Fullbar claims it’s bars have "just 180 calories or less, which is fewer calories than in a cup of most canned applesauce." True, but I’d rather use that 180 calories on something that tastes good AND fills me up, like 2 apples or 3 cups of carrots or an entire butternut squash made into fries? I mean really, if you like to eat don’t you want to eat food, REAL food that tastes good?
The only way I can describe how Fullbar actually tastes is a glob of stale puffed wheat cereal glued together with something sticky, like honey. Sure they have flavors like Cranberry Almond, Cocoa Chip and Peanut Butter Crunch but they all tasted the same to me because I couldn’t get past the first bite. (That’s coming from the girl who LOVES Vitalicious and Zone Bars)
Gosh, that was mean. I’m sorry Fullbar but I need to be honest here. Besides the taste I have a problem with the idea behind the product. If you are trying to lose weight and say you like the Fullbars enough to have one before each meal. I’m sure they do actually help you feel full so you start eating less. But what do you do after you drop the pounds? Are you now stuck buying Fullbars for life because you never learned how to adjust your diet and portions for long term success?
I’m here to tell you that you can control your crazy appetite without such products. I know because I did/do it. You are talking to a girl who could easily put down 5-6 slices a pizza in the blink of an eye. I never had a problem with a 12-inch sub loaded with the works and portions sizes at Italian places just don’t scare me, I welcome the pound of pasta. I could put me down some food! But I was able to lose and maintain a loss with that appetite because I learned how to bulk my meals with low calorie, feel full foods that are good for me. Zucchini, winter squash, peppers, carrots, broccoli. I learned to use these types of foods in a way to help me feel full much like the The Volumetrics Book teaches and now Weight Watchers with their new Momentum plan.
So if you feel like you need a product to help you feel full before a meal try drinking a glass of water with 1 and 1/4 cups puffed wheat cereal with 1 cup of skim milk and a 1/2 cup of blueberries. According to NutritionData.com that’s exactly 180 calories, has less ingredients and probably fills you up just as much (note: one of the main ingredients in FullBar is puffed wheat). Not to mention you can buy 12 bags of puffed wheat for less then $20. A 3 month supply of FullBar is $175. You do the math.
I realize now I will never get another product to review and I’m ok with that. This had to be said. I’m tired of these diet products taking advantage of desperate dieters who will do anything to lose weight.