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I hate gimmicky diets!  Low-Carb, no carb, low fat, high fat, grapefruits only, whatever, they all serve one purpose- to make some schmuck who wrote a book rich.  Eventually, I hope to be that book writing schmuck.  But for now I have no book.  What I do have is a wife with relatives that swear by the “South Beach Diet”- isn’t the pretentious name alone enough to make you gag?

So, as an act of marital love (akin to watching a boring chick flick times 1000) I’ve agreed to do South Beach with her for at least one month.  So what is South Beach?  Think Atkins but more veggies and a bit less steak.  I get two weeks of pretty much just veggies and protein, then I am “allowed” to reintroduce whole wheat and such.  You aren’t even allowed to eat fruit during the first two weeks.  Does that sound healthy to you?  I thought so.  But oh well, I will try it and report back to you.

This is day one of South Beach for me.  For breakfast I had one of those brand name South Beach breakfast bars and about five strips of turkey bacon.  I was able to make it through my time in the gym with a fairly decent workout and some pretty intense leg exercises.  My meals for the rest of the day include turkey breast on greens and whatever my wife makes for dinner tonight.  Wish me luck and pray for me.  HA!

It’s been a while since someone asked, but I finally got around to it.  Over the next week or two I will be posting reviews on protein bars.  I have selected five brands, all of which are available at Wal-mart.  After all, no sense in me reviewing bars you can’t find anywhere.

The competitors are….

Snickers Marathon Protein Bar: 290 calories; 9g fat; 40g carbs (11g fiber, 20g sugar); 21g protein. Caramel Nut Rush.

PowerBar Protein Plus:  290 calories; 6g fat; 37g carbs (2g fiber, 18g sugar); 23 protein.  Chocolate Crisp.

Meso-Tech Complete:  340 calories; 9g fat; 40g carbs (1g fiber, 26g sugar); 25g protein.  Cookies & Cream.

ThinkThin:  240 calories; 8g fat; 27g carbs (1g fiber, 15 sugar alcohol); 20g protein.  Chocolate fudge and Brownie Crunch.

MLO Sports Nutrition EXTREME: 370 calories; 8g fat; 44g carbs (2g fiber, 29g sugar); 30g protein (W/ 5g Creatine).  Peanut Butter.

Now to see how they taste.  I have a feeling this will be an interesting experience.