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Fullbar Review / Rant

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Fullbar ReviewI’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.





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Discussion

There are 106 comments so far.

    Elaine

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for staying true to your readers and doing a review that is actually a review and not just a commercial. Negative reviews are good too because they let us know what products are out there….the good AND the bad. Again, thanks for staying true to us! It’s much appreciated.

    Neha

    February 11, 2009

    I agree with Elaine. Thanks for proving (again!) that your first priority is staying true to your readers.

    Natalia Burleson

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for being honest! :)

    Jamie/penguinsandladybugs

    February 11, 2009

    A REAL review is what we want. How many of your readers would lose respect for you if you fibbed just to be nice and they bought the product and learned the real truth? I totally appreciate your comments and honesty. And I’ll betcha you still get products to review! Some good ones are out there :) And they’ll know it and want you to share how good they are!

    Betty Lou

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for a very honest review and for the reminder about the Volumetrics book!

    Christie

    February 11, 2009

    I don’t think you will never get another product to review. Just orobbalt nothing else from full bar.

    Thanks for the honest review. When I first heard about the product, I thought it sounded strange. I thought I would rather just eat a cup of soup

    Lee

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for being honest!!! If a company doesn’t want you to review their products because you are honest, then I don’t know that I would want to do business with them in the first place. The point of a food review, just like a restaurant mystery shopper, is to provide feedback to the company on how they are doing, what you like and what you dislike. This enables the company to make positive changes to their product or establishment.

    Thanks again for being honest in all your reviews!

    Princess Dieter

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for the honest review. It sounds awful. And, frankly, for 180 cals, one could have a salad, fruit and a bit of yogurt, apples with a little p.b., two boiled eggs, a berry smoothie with skim milk, two Vitatops (almost), shoot, even a nice pita with low-fat cheese melted on top!

    The whole point of a protein/fill-me-up bar is that it’s convenient and tasty so that you can enjoy it without guilt. Enjoy it being key. :)

    Ah, well. Natural food is better than any bar, anyway.

    Jessica

    February 11, 2009

    Why feel bad? You just saved us from a very expensive diappointment. I am becoming a “quality quantity” person. I would rather fill up on a quanitity of quality stuff ie: veggies. If I can scarf it down in under 2 min, chances are it won’t be very satisfying anyway. Thanks for saving us alot of heartache! I would rather spend my points on something tasty.

    Thanks for the honest review.

    Erik

    February 11, 2009

    Im on the quest for a filling granola bar like recipe that you bake in the oven, I know Alton Brown had one a while back but havn’t got around to trying it. Would be cool if you could post a recipe if you know of one that works.

    Becci

    February 11, 2009

    I applaud you on your honesty! I totally agree with you on eating filling foods that actually taste good esp. the butternut squash!

    Maria

    February 11, 2009

    I am so glad you reviewed this product…I know were i wont be wasting my money.

    Michele

    February 11, 2009

    Thanks for the honest review. I have to laugh though because the ad on this page right now is for the “Smart For Life Cookie Diet” LOL! I’m sure they won’t be asking you to review their product, hehe! :)

    Camevil

    February 11, 2009

    If these TV marketing geniuses had their way and actualized world domination, we would all be chained down on our sofas wearing the Kymaro body shaper under our Snuggies while blindly ingesting crap like overpriced cereal.

    Ugh.

    Thanks for fighting the good fight.

    emi

    February 11, 2009

    thanks for the honesty – this actually gives your positive reviews (ie vitamuffins) more credibility :)

    and i agree that the fullbar sounds like a load of crap

    Jeannie

    February 11, 2009

    All I have to say is that I LOVE YOU for that review! Really… if you never get another product to review it’s well worth it to know that you’re being totally honest with us. So thanks :)

    Maggie

    February 11, 2009

    Bravo! Great review!

    Christy

    February 12, 2009

    Oh boy….these are also in the mail for me to review…now I am worried. Oh…I did get a box of Gnu Foods Flavor & Fiber bars. They are pretty good. The chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite.

    Kaye

    February 12, 2009

    I think this review is AWESOME. Always tell the truth! You made so many good points that I can’t even begin to point them out. But I do have to say that I completely agree with you that “REAL” food is the best.
    Kaye

    Brandi

    February 12, 2009

    You said exactly what I think everytime I see those commercials!

    Thanks for the honesty!!

    Betsy

    February 12, 2009

    Thanks for the honest review. I have wondered about these bars.

    Jackie

    February 12, 2009

    Im very impressed by your review Roni!

    Beth

    February 12, 2009

    I saw those advertised on tv and thought about the things you pointed out. How is it any different from drinking a big glass of water to fill you up before you eat? It’s not really and it had more calories! Thanks for the review!

    Jacki

    February 12, 2009

    While fullbar might not appreciate your honesty we all respect it. I hope one day to be where you are and have adjusted my portions. I am still the girl who craves a pound of pasta and I ate a 12″ sub yesterday :( UGH

    I’m working on it though. Thanks for sharing.

    Lady Downsize

    February 12, 2009

    Good for you Roni! Honesty is the best policy, and I’m glad you were truthful about your response to their product. Besides, the new Social, or Conversational Public Relations is one reason why companies contact bloggers. We have a more direct influence and trusted review in promoting their products. However, if a company is being real, they know there is a risk of a review being negative. Of course they want a positive review, but usually products are run by a test group first before going public like this. If Fullbar used a test group for their product, then that group failed them.

    I am glad to read your real review instead of hearing something a company pays an actor to say, or their advertising team puts in print.

    Beverly

    February 12, 2009

    Thank you for the honest review. I often wonder if bloggers get paid to do a nice review. Also, I can have a large meal for 250-350 calories. I would not want to waste 180 calories on trying to feel full so that I will not eat as much. I agree with you. If I want to eat I will push past the full feeling. It is a mental game.
    I think the company will appreciate your review. In business they say the best customers are the ones who complain because you have an opportunity to fix things, make them better, and turn that opinion around. If you don’t know what is wrong you can’t fix it. You saved that company a lot of valuable survey work!

    fitforfree

    February 12, 2009

    Thanks, Roni! I totally agree — what would you do once you lost the weight? I’m glad you advocate only a sustainable approach! it’s awesome.

    Anne (Happy Fun Pants)

    February 12, 2009

    I think you’re wrong. I think people WILL seek you out to do reviews because you’re being honest…and then when you endorse one, your readers will be more likely to purchase it.

    Seriously. Thank you for giving us the reality check of eating 180 calories of nutritious food that will likely help you feel a ton better anyway.

    I’m amazed at how people ask me what I’m doing these days to have lost the 45 pounds that I have. I’m all “um…eat less and move more.” And while it’s true that I’ve been doing WW, I don’t feel like every person I meet has to know that.

    Anyway, my point is I’m sure it was tempting (if only for a moment) to write a good review…but we appreciate your honesty.

    Always.

    Maren

    February 12, 2009

    Thank you..Thank you..Thank you!….I saw those on TV and was kind of shocked. I was asking myself “Is this real….or is this a joke?” Im glad you were honest. It really means alot to us and thats why we love you!

    Melissa

    February 12, 2009

    You go girl! There is such a need for reviews like this! I am sick of companies preying on us desparate dieters too. I applaud you Roni for being brave with this post. What good is review if it isn’t truthful?

    Hey – Great idea for another blog for you! LOL just kidding – you are way to busy already! :)

    Keep writing Roni – we all appreciate you so much!

    Sheila

    February 12, 2009

    Thanks Roni for keeping it real!

    debby

    February 12, 2009

    Excellent review! The whole idea behind the product is stupid. Of course if I add 180 calories of almost any nutritious food to my meal I will be very full.

    Claire

    February 12, 2009

    Hi, Roni.

    Please don’t feel bad about this. You are sent these things to review because the companies /hope/ that you will give them a good review and therefore recommend their product to your many readers. That’s it. It does not put them out at all to send you a few samples of their products, and if you like it, they get some free advertising. They are the ones putting themselves and the quality of their product on the line when they send it to anyone to review.

    I can’t imagine that companies that make products geared towards people trying to lose weight would stop sending you things to review simply because you gave an honest negative review to a sub-standard product. That would be bad marketing on their part.

    So, hold your head up high and know that we always expect and depend on you to give us your honest opinion about these things. As long as that’s what you deliver, you shouldn’t give it a second thought.

    –Claire

    Dawn

    February 12, 2009

    Hon, you have no problem telling the truth, good for you for being honest! And just because you gave one product an underpar response, I’m sure you’re not the first one who’s done so. I saw a commercial for these bars, I kinda thought “Well, you’re eating BEFORE a meal, of course you’re going to be full before lunch or dinner cause there’s already food in your stomach!” I dunno about the whole ‘your upper part of your stomach is stretched out’, thing…food is going to stretch your stomach and tell your brain that it’s partially filled.

    Keep up the good work, you’re not going to lose deals because of this, you may get more due to your honesty. Chin up, babydoll, and do what you do best!

    KK (Running Through Life)

    February 12, 2009

    Thanks for being honest! And I agree with your review of the concept behind the product. It teaches the dieter NOTHING about. Plus, 180 calories before your meal just seems like a HUGE waste of calories to me.

    Krista S.

    February 12, 2009

    And here I thought this was going to be similar to the Fiber One review. LOL Thanks for the honesty, Roni. It’s much appreciated.

    John's Weight Loss Blog

    February 12, 2009

    Oh man, I know the feeling. I was also sent a couple of the bars and the water additive, and the first bar wasn’t that great. Not holding out hope for the second to be any better!

    If it makes you feel any better, any Marketer worth their salt will actually like that you posted a negative review. Not all products you review can be good and if you only post positive reviews people tend to question how honest you are being.

    Clearly, you are being honest and that should be rewarded.

    Annette

    February 12, 2009

    I think it’s great you are honest Roni.

    I think whole food should always be the way to go!

    Ashley

    February 12, 2009

    This is why we love you and trust you. Thanks Roni!

    Becky F

    February 13, 2009

    Roni, you have this genuine-ness and authenticity that you don’t need to apologize for, and we love you for it. Keep on rocking it!

    Charlie Hills

    February 13, 2009

    Like eighty dozen other bloggers, I too got a few Fullbars to review. I’m not one to just pimp a product because it shows up in my mailbox. And while I agree with what Roni said about the price, the long-term commitment, I didn’t come to the conclusion that they were completely worthless. If anyone’s interested, you can read about it here:

    http://www.backtothefridge.com/blog/fullbar/

    I didn’t think they tasted horrible. Granted, they weren’t as good as big ass box of Cheez-Its, but I ate all four bars, which is a lot different from Roni’s experience.

    Are they expensive? Yes. Would I personally buy an entire month’s worth of this? No. But I’m a firm believer that no two people are alike and what’s stupid for one person is awesome for another. Could you do the exact same thing with glass of water? Maybe. Maybe not. Could you make your own bowl of puffed rice? Probably not if you’re at the office or on the road. There’s something to be said for ripping open a small package and being done with it.

    Will these teach you long-term healthy eating habits? No. Or maybe they will. Maybe you’ll soon figure out what’s really going on. If you’ve tried and tried and tried and failed on your own despite all the great dieting advice on every blog on the planet, then maybe one month of Fullbars is enough to kickstart you.

    Anyway, that’s my point. I’m always hesitant to categorically dismiss (or promote!) any single product, food, or method for the sole reason that we’re all so different. What should work in theory doesn’t always work as expected in practice. That’s my own personal brand of “keeping it real.”

    roni

    February 13, 2009

    “Could you make your own bowl of puffed rice? Probably not if you’re at the office or on the road. There’s something to be said for ripping open a small package and being done with it.”

    I hear ya BUT there really is no need to drop 175 bucks for convenience sake. This is where the who “taking advantage” part comes in. If you can throw a bar in your bag for work you can most definitely throw in an apple and/or a bag of puffed rice (still keeping it to 180 calories)

    I appreciate your “realist” :) approach to the whole dismiss or promoting products and I normally subscribe to that myself but I really could not come up with one “pro” for Fullbar except concept (which I gave them props for) but Price and taste (in my opinion) made this product un-endorse-able by me.

    Thanks for sharing your point. You always get me thinking. :)

    Stephanie

    February 13, 2009

    You’re exactly on target when you ask whether we are supposed to keep eating fullbars for the rest of our lives. That’s the problem with most diets! They’re not sustainable. It is about lifestyle change.

    BODA weight loss

    Project Swole

    February 13, 2009

    Roni, you said you give them props for the concept, but I don’t really get it. So basically you eat a food bar, then you eat a meal. It sounds to me like a really good way to add 180 calories to a regular meal. I haven’t tried these things, but I don’t see the point behind it. If I’m going to eat a protein bar or a meal replacement bar, I’m just going to eat the bar and to heck with eating a whole meal 30 minutes later. I don’t have the time or desire to eat a bar 30 minutes before a meal. The concept just doesn’t work for me. Anyway, thanks for the honest review.

    Charlie Hills

    February 16, 2009

    While it does look like a great way to add 180 calories to the meal you were going to eat anyway, keep in mind these were designed to replace lapband surgery. For people with serious “I can’t stop” eating problems, putting an extra 180 calories on the front is supposed to prevent you from taking in an extra 800 on the back.

    If you can already eat a normal meal, then by all means SKIP THIS. That’s not what these were designed for.

    Faye

    May 4, 2009

    I bought a box of full bars and I love them. I don’t use them to control my eating, but I eat them as a snack. They really do feel me up for a couple hours. That is something nothing else has done. Sometimes I get hungry and I want a snack, because I can’t or I’m not ready to sit down and eat a meal…this hits the spot allows me to not feel hungry and to keep on trucking for another 90-120 minutes.

    I’ve tried salads (I eat them twice a day before lunch and dinner), fruit, crackers, I’m allergic to nuts so that’s a no go…..and even Fiberone cereal…NOTHING works as well as this tasty bar.

    So while I appreciate your review and the honest experience you had from the full bar..I hope others don’t kick the product to the curb who have never tried it before. Honestly, we all know not to believe everything you read.

    That’s why when I read a review from a trusted online friend I just went to GNC to buy 2 bars to test it out and make up my own mind…I was impressed. If I would have listened to you..I would have missed out on a good thing for myself.

    Who knows I might move on and finally find something else that works for me just as well. But, for the here and now…this works perfectly. It is geared towards my problem..never feeling full on a snack and consistently having hunger pains. It solves that problem.

    roni

    May 4, 2009

    Faye – I’m glad you liked them but I stand by my opinion as you should yours. ALWAYS try things for yourself, I’m just one person sharing an opinion. That’s all.

    Lord knows I LOVE the vita muffins and I know others think I’m crazy for that. :)

    debbie

    July 20, 2009

    Roni, I have not yet decided on what to do for weight loss. I gained a fair amount of weight due to some medications I was on, and while I have been able to lower my dose to the point where I am not gaining the weight any more, I have not been able to loose the 30+ pounds I gained while on the higher dose. I was always the lowest weight person in my family, and actually probably still am, but I really need to loose 50 pounds. While I appreciate your information, I am thinking that Charlie Hills’ review and information is more appropriate. One of my sisters had the lap band surgery and spent well over $10,000 on that surgery as it was NOT covered by her insurance. She had been struggling with weight loss for years. She has successfully lost weight with the surgery and so I understand the concept and how the fullness of the lap band works. When the information about the fullbar indicated it simulated the how the lap band works, it peaked my interest as a short term solution for myself as my weight gain was introduced with medicine. I realize that it is not a long term solution, but it will MAY give me the kick start that I need while I am still on the low dose of the medicine that increases my appetite. I do think that you may want to think about realizing that there are other situations that may exist that may find this product useful. Respectfully, Debbie.

    roni

    July 20, 2009

    Debbie – I’m glad you found the advice and opinion you agreed with on Charlies Blog. I stand by my post and appreciate the fact that not everyone will agree. At the end of the day it is my opinion and that’s what my blog is used for sharing. Respectfully, Roni

    Sharon

    August 3, 2009

    Well, I have to TOTALLY I WAS STILL FULL I was full when I left work, I was full when I left the store, I am still full now and it is 11:14p! I am having a glass of diet ginger ale – just thirsty… and for the first time, in a lONG time… I do not want anything else to eat for the rest of the night. I realize now that 2 bars was a bit too much. But, my point is… it works. I am going back for a 5 days supply at the good ole GNC at $2.50 a piece. This is the FIRST gimmicky product that I have bought that I will buy again.

    I feel as if I had a 5 course meal-I am not joking. Woohooo!!!!!

    Sharon

    August 3, 2009

    For some reason the first line of my post above was removed & scrambled. Odd since I disagree with Roni. Sensorship? Anywhoo…since 4p until now at 11:33p – I am completely full. I am going back to GNC for more. Finally something that works.

    roni

    August 4, 2009

    Sharon.. do you really think I sit up at 11:30 PM waiting to mess up people’s comments who disagree with me? Seriously!?!?

    Disagree away!

    I’m glad they are working for you. I’m glad you like them. I still stand by my opinion. and I can’t change the fact that I didn’t like the taste.

    I FIXED your comment. Don’t use < (that’s a “less then”) or > (greater then) symbols they can garble things. I only spelled them out as I’m not sure they will show up in the email.

    Good luck!

    Karen Maggie

    August 7, 2009

    I just discovered Fullbar and I don’t think your review is that useful for the following reasons:

    -You didn’t truly test the product for effectiveness. Since you didn’t like the taste, you didn’t evaluate whether it had any effect on your appetite and colorie intake.

    -You seem to have a bias that the only way to lose weight is YOUR way. I congratulate you on your successful weight-loss and ability to keep it off. However, most experts agree that there are many ways to lose weight and the key is finding one that works for you as an individual.

    -Meal replacements and bars are one possible weight loss strategy that has been used in many different plans to help people lose weight and keep it off. And it’s a tool that many people find useful. There are many diets that utilize meal replacements and bars not only in the weight loss phase, but also in the maintenance phase. I lost 20 pounds using meal replacements with a plan called HMR and I’ve kept it off for nearly a year now.

    So for the above reasons, I’m going to look for a review from someone that actually tried the product for several weeks to see if it was a useful aid in weight loss.

    roni

    August 7, 2009

    Karen – As I have said to previous commenters that dodn’t agree with me… I stand by my opinion. Whether or not you find my words useful or not is your decision to make. But I’m not going to not share my honest opinion on my blog for fear that someone may not agree or find it “useful.”

    As i like to say… To each there own.

    Walt

    August 17, 2009

    Thanks so much for the helpful review… I was tempeted to spend money that I could not afford! Your puffed wheat option is much better for me moneywise, and will accomplish the same “full feeling” effect I need. I am so very happy that I found your comments! THANK YOU again.

    roni

    August 17, 2009

    Your welcome. Hope the puffed rice helps!

    kayley

    December 4, 2009

    I totally figured this was the case with these bars, so thanks for confirming. I find it super hilarious that people come to YOUR blog and complain about YOUR personal review. as if this was a wiki page and not a private blog. how dare you speak on a product that I feel you didn’t use in the proper way AND that I also skipped over the million caveats you posted about YOUR review in reference to the fact that others mileage may vary, etc.
    good review, lady!

    frenchie

    January 11, 2010

    O.K Enough with the “thanks for your honesty” stuff….Can all of you just
    not go out and try it then make your own opinion. Be your own judge, be your own critic….. one person’s opinion does not make it right! Not to
    mention the Doctor does not say go out and find something at 180
    calories or less he says “try the fullbar”….Imagine that!

    roni

    January 11, 2010

    frenchie- I’m not sure what you mean by. . .

    “the Doctor does not say go out and find something at 180
    calories or less he says “try the fullbar”….Imagine that!”

    I wouldn’t trust a doc that recommends such an expensive product instead of teaching me the actual strategies and the reason why the product may work.

    Matt

    March 23, 2010

    Got one word: constipation. Tried these things and they make moving stool a very difficult thing indeed. And I get lower-intestinal cramps with them.

    First and last box.

    judy, nyc

    April 10, 2010

    i stopped smoking back in sept ’09 andput on 25 lbs. instantly and have not been able to take it off (i am 67 years of age), plus i was not thin to begin with. rite aid had these bars and i had seen them on tv, so i figured i would try them. i did feel very full, but i still was hungry. so, you can be “full” feeling and your brain still does not tell you it is satiated.

    that was my experience with just one bar. i will try it again.

    Emily

    May 9, 2010

    OH my gosh………….. I SO agree with you! I was actually typing in google “Full bar” to get a picture to put a review on my blog, and that’s how i eneded up on your blog. But yes, stale for sure! I actually looked at the expiration date. You’re not being mean, just honest… which is appreciated, so other people don’t have to waste their money, or their calories!

    Pat Gombar

    May 12, 2010

    I SO wish that I had read this BEFORE getting them last night. But no harm done. The lady at walmart must have tried them herself because apparently she never charged me for them after looking at the receipt.
    My goal in buying these, was to help my teenage son that is on antipyscotics help curb his hunger at night. Unfortunately the medications that he is on all cause hunger, and thus weight gain.
    We were looking for natural alternatives and he was more then willing to try this.

    Well one bite, he choked up, gagged, shoved it at me, said “You try.” I did, and thus, the ritual began of passing that damn bar around the house for everyone to try. Out of 5 people in the house, I have got to say that EVERYONE gagged. This has prompted me to write a letter to that so called baratric surgeon, if he is real, and ask him if he has ever tried his own damn product.

    You had mentioned the puffed wheat. We were doing that before, with splenda sprinkled on top, and skim milk. I believe we will be going back to that.

    Your review, 10 + stars, and 10 + more for honesty!

    Mrs. Clark

    May 13, 2010

    I tried the Banana Nut Bread Full bar and I must admit it wasn’t that tasty but I am a health fanatic and most of the products I eat aren’t the most delicious. I have lost 36 lbs over 2 years and maintained it through diet and exercise. I have been 118 lbs for 2+ years and also I am a pescaterian. Not a full vegetarian but working towards it.

    This is the sacrifice I am willing to make to stay lean and fit.

    Cat

    May 14, 2010

    I do like the coco bar and when I’m on the go, I can just grab that bar and hit the road with my water. I just started using them for about 3 weeks now. I don’t eat them every day, but a couple times of week – sometimes it replaces a breakfast or lunch for me. I had already started exercising and dieting and lost over 20 lbs then, I’m still exercising, watching what I eat – weight watchers on line is great – and do a little full bar here and there. I’m now up to over 30 lbs off and I’ve got another 54 to go, by Jan. Cut out the soda’s and cut down the red meat – which helps a lot and that FLEXBELT – love it !!

    John Birmingham

    June 24, 2010

    You’re a fuckin moron. To each his/her own opinion. I used Full Bar and LOVE the way it fucking tastes you fuck, I truthfully love it. It is a healthy, good taste. Simple ingredients, no real preservatives, it tastes GOOD. And I ate two a day today and I was TRUTHFULLY FULL. IT was a fucking MIRACLE. I mean, it really, REALLY WORKED. I am on a fucking roll. You are dead wrong, I am sorry, opinion or not, you are wrong in your review. The product miraculously works.

    roni

    June 24, 2010

    WOW I’m going to assume an intelligent conversation with you is out of the question considering you can’t leave a comment with out dropping the F-bomb every 2 seconds. So I’ll leave it at this… Please feel free to ignore my opinion and continue to pay outrages prices for some miraculous miracle with simple healthy ingredients you could easily make yourself.

    -Roni (The Moron)

    Ashley

    June 24, 2010

    “Are you now stuck buying Fullbars for life because you never learned how to adjust your diet and portions for long term success? ”

    EXACTLY! That’s what people don’t get and why they will sadly waste their money on this “miracle” product. :( It truly saddens me because I probably have tried this at one point my life.

    Stephanie

    June 24, 2010

    Don’t you just love how he calls you are moron BEFORE he says,” to each his/her own opinion”? Wow. How rude.

    Laurie Ann

    June 24, 2010

    What a loon!!

    Natalia

    June 24, 2010

    If not for all the f bombs I would say this person works for the company. What a goober!

    Amanda

    June 24, 2010

    WOW!!! That was rude. Roni–good for you taking the high road!

    jen (@jeninRL)

    June 24, 2010

    HOLY WOW! I cannot believe how upset people are getting because Roni expressed HER opinion. Can’t people just agree to disagree and not be so nasty about it?!?

    Jill

    June 24, 2010

    Looks like he might just be trying to get ‘hits’ on his page… Trying to get attention!

    Tammy

    June 24, 2010

    Comments like John’s you just have to ignore. There are too many superfluous curse words in there to even deciper what he is trying to get across. John, perhaps if you didn’t curse at ALL, we would understand you and be willing to hear what you have to say. But to me, all I hear is mumbling . . . Your review was great, Roni. I’m glad you shared an honest opinion with us. I have never heard of the Full Bars before today, but it’s probably something I won’t try. Heck – every recipe you’ve made looks delicious, and I’ve tried some of them and they ARE delicious, made with REAL food, and low in calories. So keep on doing what you do, girl. It’s all good.

    Jen @ KUrunner

    June 24, 2010

    Seriously, Roni… I’d just delete it! Don’t feed the trolls and definitely don’t send traffic their way!

    Laura

    June 24, 2010

    So weird, Roni… I just saw your tweet and read this review for the first time, and oddly enough I tried my first/last Full Bar earlier today! I absolutely hated it. I got that bite in my mouth, and instantly regretted it. Had to throw the whole thing away. It tasted like damp sponge / flexible styrofoam.

    I do, however, kinda like the Full Bites. I’ve tried the sour cream sofar… I could only eat a half a bag at a time though (thank God, I’m finally getting a grip on the portion control, too).

    roni

    June 24, 2010

    I normally don’t delete comments unless they are blatant spam. This one is just too funny.

    Dev

    June 24, 2010

    Not a fan of Full Bar……I bought some once to try and I pretty much thing they’re crap. I didn’t think they tasted bad (once I got over the whole wet sponge texture), but I’d rather eat something nutritionally sound and know I’m putting something good for me in my body.

    tish matheny

    June 24, 2010

    wow! That guys a real asswhole, haha! It was CRAZY funny though!!! Nice comment back Roni ;)

    Julie J.

    June 24, 2010

    This is why your blog is great! We get the real, authentic Roni here. Thanks for being honest.

    Lynn

    June 25, 2010

    I don’t understand why some people that post on here seem to forget that this is YOUR blog! You can post about anything you want! I did almost try the full bar and still might but I value your opnion Roni!

    John Birmingham

    June 25, 2010

    Well, I am sorry, I didn’t mean to call you a moron or be so mean to you, but I was all excited that my diet was truly working and looked up reviews on the Full Bar at that time to see, just to verify that it was some real working thing, unlike any other “diet” product, which obviously none of them work… I thought this one was really different and still maybe think so as I continue to eat this thing… and then I come across your blog which seems wildly popular and at the top of the Google search for “Full Bar reviews,” completely bashing this product I was so happy about. So I got ticked off. I apologize and respect your opinion, but I beg to differ thus far. And I don’t get why people think it tastes so bad. Are they so tastebud brainwashed on Coke, Fritos, white bread and butter grilled cheese sandwiches and all around crap that is the staple of the American diet that they can’t enjoy something that is actually good for you?

    Patty

    June 25, 2010

    I agree with Jill that this person is trying to stir up negative attention to get hits. Great reply, everyone should remember that reading a blog is like entering a persons livingroom, you certainly can engage in debates but you should still show respect and manners.

    John Birmingham

    June 25, 2010

    “Are you now stuck buying Fullbars for life because you never learned how to adjust your diet and portions for long term success? ”
    I just wanted to add to this… are you JOKING??!!!! You mean, if you actually found something that worked, that TRULY WORKED, you would NOT keep taking it for life? I would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe more over the course of a lifetime to have something that truly helped me get in great shape. Are you joking that the meager cost of these things (which you will be paying far less in grocery bills becuase you will be in fact eating LESS anyway, duh), this additional cost nonetheless is reason to just get fat again?? NOTHING is worth that. You here are ADMITTING that the product works, but then saying you are stuck paying for this product for life. THat would be SO TOTALLY AWESOME if I ACTUALLY GOT A PRODUCT that worked, I would willingly pay almost any REASONABLE price if it would keep me in the type of shape I wanted. $175/3 months supply is what it works out to… HOWEVER, you are probably eating $500 less in groceries and food over this time period, at least, so you are in fact saving money. It is well worth it to stay in shape!

    Sasha

    June 25, 2010

    I had no idea these bars existed until I checked your blog. After reading thru the comments I still want to kind of try it, but I kind of don’t want to try it (especially after what Matt said about constipation – yikes!). But as always, I really enjoy reading your posts and this review was no exception. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Jim

    June 25, 2010

    I’m just catching this. Moron indeed.

    Muscle Man

    June 25, 2010

    With all the 1,000’s of un-healthy products out there, I fail to see why you pick on something that helps people. Where are you on the Chip, Bread, Ice Cream or Cola front? Now those are products that deserve pounding.

    roni

    June 25, 2010

    IF you read my blog you would know that I am. Not to mention Fullbar contacted ME and asked for my OPINION! So I gave it. It’s not rocket science. It’s blogging.

    Shay

    June 26, 2010

    I am so angry reading this jerks comments that I can’t stand it. In reading this, it is so OBVIOUS that he has a financial interest in this product, because no one would be such an ass for any other reason. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who might have bought this product had it NOT been for this outrageous attack. Congratulations, you just succeeded in directing people AWAY from your product. And if you really DON’T have a financial interest in the company, I’m sure those who do are really going to LOVE you for single handedly turning people away from their product by your asininity. (Um, yeah, look it up… it has more letters than the F word, but I’m sure you can handle it.)

    Natalia

    June 26, 2010

    Actually, I’m starting to think that all the people that posted how much the Full Bar worked for them……..work for Full Bar… ;)

    Were there any regular readers of Roni’s blog that posted how much they like the Full Bar, or are they all strangers to Roni’s blog?

    roni

    June 28, 2010

    there’s one.. way up at the top. Charlie from BackInTheFridge. Other then him all these newbie supportive comments are not readers.

    Cat

    July 6, 2010

    I found this blog through google, I don’t work for full bar – I’m still liking those coco bar’s ! I haven’t found to many other flavor’s I like though and my mother hated them – so everyone has different taste. I look forward to reading/ trying out some of Roni’s recipes.

    Catherine

    January 20, 2011

    I could not agree with you more! I left the gym this morning, and wanted to run a few errands before returning home. I was unprepared (normally carry a banana, some trail mix, etc with me for emergencies!) However, I had picked up a fullbar about a week ago, and stashed it in my glove box (I guess I know myself too well :) Anyway, I tore into the package and literally CHOKED the bar down…it was awful. And when I say awful, I mean REALLY awful! I will never again waste 180 calories on something that I wouldn’t feed a stray dog…that would just be cruel! I appreciate the honest review :)

    Danny K

    May 30, 2011

    I have never tried Fullbars, but my wife is going to give it a shot. I’m glad to hear that you can get them at GNC. We were going to get the three month supply but it seems like a good idea to try them out first. Have you ever had Rice cakes? I just can’t eat them. I have a friend that loves them. I have a red car and my neighbor has a silver one. What was that saying? You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. We have all been conditioned to our own way of life so of cource our tastes are different. Thanks for your blog. With all the comments I was able to pick and chose according to my tastes.

    Gina

    June 23, 2011

    I like them. The flavor is so-so, but they do make me feel full for a long time. I am not a regular reader of this blog because I didn’t know it existed. I found it when I googled “Full Bar” because I have become so impressed with the product over the past few days. I do not work for Full Bar and I think it is childish to believe that everyone who disagrees with the blogger works for Full Bar because they are not devotees of her blog.

    I eat a healthy diet, but I have issues with appitite. This product is helpful for me. I don’t think that most other foods that I can eat for 180 calories have the same protein and fiber contents as the Full Bar. The protein and fiber are what makes you full, not the water. Drinking water before a meal has never made me feel full. Certainly not for several hours like the full bar does.

    I don’t care about adding 360 calories to my day because I am so satisfied that I have to remind myself to eat and I know I am cutting way more than 360 calories from my average day. I am guessing that I am cutting about 1.000 on average.

    Will I still eat them after I lose weight? I doubt it, since I am obviously eating less and my stomach will shrink. When my stomach is smaller I will be eating the amount that it takes to feel satisfied, but that will be less than I am eating now because my stomach is smaller. As long as I continue to monitor portion size I will keep the weight off and will no longer need this product to feel full.

    Is it expensive? It doesn’t seem to me to be too much of a sacrifice to spend $50 / month for a few months to have this little bit of help getting over the appitite hump since my issue is that I am just hungry a lot and have to learn to eat less to shrink my stomach. I suspect this is the primary issue for a lot of people. When I eat a full bar I am definitely eating much less in volume and calories at that meal even including the full bar.

    I have lost three pounds in two days. I know that is not water weight because all of the dieting, cutting out this and that, drinking more water, exercising, etc. that I have been doing for th past decade have not given me these results. It is the fiber and protein and the fact that you feel full and eat less all around.

    Roni, I know that you will “stand by [your] opinion.” That’s great. Your review seems to be helpful to a lot of people. I will stick with the full bard. I bought 18 boxes (108 bars) for $54.12 plus tax at Big Lots. My husband also thinks they are great, so this supply will last us noth about a month. I may decide that my appitite is sufficiently under control at that point or I may buy more even at full price. I am sure I will be spending less on groceries since I am eating less.

    Thanks for the honest review. I hope that my honest review, based on having tried the product, is also helpful to some folks.

    roni

    June 23, 2011

    Gina – AWESOME! I’m glad you like them and that you added your intelligent, well thought out, opinion and experience. Not just a heated reaction to my review. I hope it helps those that can relate.

    Tee

    August 28, 2011

    I just bought the Full Bar tonight and tried it. I had the Roux n Y stomach staple 10 years ago, and needed something that is not so darned sweet! (hard to find), and something that would satisfy, so I don’t graze and eat too much, and something to help fill me up. I got the Almond Cranberry flavor. First bite? Not that impressed, but as I ate it, it grew on me. I liked it. Doesn’t taste like puffed rice to me. Kind of a nutty flavor. Didn’t taste stale, but then NOT sweet!. I did feel full, and it stopped my craving immediately for cake. Since I cannot eat sweets and constantly crave them, this was a winner for me. First one tho, and I need to evaluate for a while. I will check back later and let you know if I change my mind.

    Britni

    November 6, 2011

    Hi. I just tried Fullbar for the first time today and decided to check online about what everybody was saying. I bought it in CVS for a little over a dollar per bar. Anyway. You were incredibly right about the taste. After my first bite, I was trying to decide whether I really wanted to finish it or not. Lol. But alas, I did finish it because my goal was to not be as hungry. The Coco Chip tastes bad from first bite cause I wasn’t used to it, but it started to taste a little bit better with each new bite. Guess I started to get used to it. Haha.

    Anyway, I do feel pretty full now which means it does work. :) And I do disagree with the whole “stuck buying Fullbars for life because you never learned how to adjust your diet and portions for long term success” part. I think the Fullbars are actually trainging your body to start eating in smaller portions. After being used to eating smaller portions and feeling full, your brain starts to think “That’s enough” when you fill your plate. That’s the impression the full bar is giving me. Now I can be like “hmm, I am not hungry enough to eat that much.”

    But I do think your review was very helpful. :) I know that it’s the puffed up wheat that causes you to feel full and I think I will go and buy some. I also think that the comment about the taste was helpful too. For a second I thought it was just me. Hahaha.

    Good luck on your continuing weight loss! :)

    Maryann O

    November 8, 2011

    I have been using Fullbar and I definitely eat less food. I honestly don’t think they taste bad at all. I happen to like the texture. It’s different, but I personally don’t mind it. I use Fullbar 1/2 hour before lunch and 1/2 hour before dinner. I lost 5 lbs. the first two weeks. I will keep going with it. I think John Birmingham came on too strong in his first post, but he was angry that the product he liked was being bashed. I can understand how he feels. I am not condoning his initial actions, but can put myself in his shoes to understand why he did that. When I initially read the article, I also felt a bit defensive to Fullbar because it personally is working for me.

    Sara

    January 16, 2012

    My gosh, you are quite rude. You come across as pretentious and a know it all. I love the line of products made by full bar. They work and incase you hadnt noticed, they do contribute to managing your intake of food. If you are concious and aware of what you are putting in your mouth, that is half the battle. MORE THAN HALF. I lost 90 pounds and have kept it off for 5 years. I know this is your blog, (and I’m sure it makes you feel like God) but, you are not everyone. Your way is not the only way. The products work as described, and that is what matters.

    roni

    January 16, 2012

    What makes me any more pretentious then you for sharing my opinion? You just did the same thing.

    You’ve had success with them? AWESOME! I’m glad they worked for you. It stil doesn’t change the fact that I don’t like them.

    Thanks for adding your experience and congrats on your weight loss.

    Sharon

    January 16, 2012

    Yeah Roni..I would have to agree with Sara. My comment in support of the bars, was also slammed. Not sure why you make this exchange such a bad experience…odd. Our exchange took place over a year ago and I still remember your odd attack response.

    roni

    January 16, 2012

    You guys are cracking me up. How did I slam either of your comments? I left them up, allowing you to share your opinion on my blog. Yes, “allowing” as this is MY blog and in a way I am a “god” as Sara mentioned.

    I think it’s great that you guys are leaving comments in support of the product! For those that find my post and disagree with me they can read thru the comments and see that others share their opinion too.

    That’s how I run the comment section of my blog. I’m not apologizing for not liking a product and then sharing that opinion in a space that I created specifically to share my opinion.

    And if I remember correctly Sharon, you attacked me making a claim that I removed part of you comment. Which I would never, EVER do.

    roni

    January 16, 2012

    Comments are close. I don’t have time to defend an opinion I posted 2 years ago. For that that like the product, I’m glad it’s working for you.