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Is two larabars every other day a bad addition to support my Insanity routine?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I've been doing Paleo for about a month now. I started the Insanity workout routine two weeks ago. I began to suspect I would not survive doing these intensive workouts on meat and vegetables alone so I would eat two larabars about 4x a week. This particular larabar has nothing but dates, cocoa, mint, and almonds in them.

I'm trying to lose weight and I am getting progress with Insanity and Paleo combined. But I'm wondering if my results may be better if I drop the larabars?

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Well, when I was 7 I used to want to be Simba so I could get with Nala, but Cheetahs have always captivated me more outside of the animated-Disney realm.

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:32 PM

nice answer but cheetah over the king of the jungle? nah, not for me. i want to be mufasa.

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on July 26, 2012
at 12:58 PM

Not necessarily.

The Larabars have long been considered paleo. Except the ones with peanuts and, depending on the version of paleo, cashews. They are pretty high in sugar from the dried fruit, so some people avoid them. You might be better off getting your carbs from starch, like a sweet potato, but I can't say for sure.

Maybe you could drop to one bar at a time and see how that goes? My problem with them is that they are very delicious and I could easily eat too many.

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on July 26, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Sugar is sugar, and larabars have no shortage of it.

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on July 26, 2012
at 01:13 PM

They don't really have anything bad in them, so if you are maintaining your weightloss and fitness goals, I would say go for it. Eat them. Now, I don't really understand the need for them, but I can understand if you want them or like them. I do very intense workouts regularly, and sustain myself on primarily meat and veggies. I do add sweet potatoes a couple times per week. But the body is capable of sustaining intense physical activity with just stored bodyfat if you allow it to get adjusted. I have hiked 14ers in Colorado during an intermittent fast.

Are you doing it pre-workout because you feel you need the energy? If so, I would say you probably just need to eat a little more in your previous meal.

Are you eating them post-workout? If so, there are much better options for recovery, with a higher protein content.

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on July 26, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Hey, Rex. I own the Insanity workout DVDs, and about a year ago when I did not have access to a gym for a couple months, did the program. Now I do them 1-2x per week sporadically in addition to my normal workouts. I lost a bit of muscle when doing just the insanity, but it still felt good to sweat like that. First, a few things you have to recognize is that the models and Shaun T consume a protein recovery drink during and after the workouts, which consists of glucose and whey protein/BCAAs (basically the same as the ever popular Biotest Surge). They also follow a meal plan (Elite Nutrition- you should have the booklet) that is designed to maximize results in conjunction with the workouts. If you notice, the meal plan is rich in foods like salmon, beef, eggs, chicken, green vegetables, some fruit, some nuts, and some whole grains (5 small meals). To me it looks very well balanced, and easy to paleo-ize with safe starches, if you're willing.

Now, if you're following a low carb "paleo" diet in effort to lose weight, then you should reconsider your exercise routine. IF you are in a constantly carb depleted state, your cortisol is going to be through the roof, and your workouts will be subpar. Most likely you're results will be disappointing.

WHen I followed it, I did a lean gains approach and had good results except for losing a bit of muscle mass. I went in at 155lbs (5'9 or 10') and about 6% body fat and came out at 145lbs and about 4% body fat. I worked out around 1000-1130AM (longer than the workouts themselves because I'm OC about stretching and foam rolling for long periods of time whenever I'm done exercising). I would eat lunch shortly after taking a cold shower, and it was always a piece of chicken, or fish with maybe a soft boiled egg or two, 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium ones, and a spoon of almond butter or a splash of coconut milk over the sweet potato. For dinner it was usually meat, veggies/salad, and a handful of berries. Maybe you could try something like that? I mean, skip the lara bars and just eat a real meal shortly after with paleo carbs and solid protein. For me personally, when trying to drop a little body fat, I favor starches (Japanese sweet potatoes, particularly) and a some berries. I love honey eat to maintain, but I'd stay away from any concentrated fructose loads while leaning. Right now I'm around 5%BF and 153lbs. Not huge, but if it were another life and I were cat, I'd pick a cheetah over a lion anyways.

I hope this helps you out some. It's just what I've experienced following Insanity.

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:32 PM

nice answer but cheetah over the king of the jungle? nah, not for me. i want to be mufasa.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on July 26, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Well, when I was 7 I used to want to be Simba so I could get with Nala, but Cheetahs have always captivated me more outside of the animated-Disney realm.

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on July 26, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Depends. Why not eliminate them for a week and see how it goes? Peronally, I would just eat some fruit an hour or two before your workout and then stick to starches post-workout. (Would be cheaper too.)

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on August 13, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Foreveryoung, what were you eating pre-workout?

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on July 26, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Well a Larabar has about the equivalent of 6 apples in it. Would you sit down and eat 6 apples in the time you can eat a Larabar. Generally, as others have said, there's nothing specifically bad in a Larabar, but I still think there's way too much sugar crammed in a small space that you can eat quickly. If weight loss is your goal, then I'd say stay away from these. There's way too much fructose in them unless you're not trying to lean out (and even then, I still think there's too much for most people).

Mike

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