Anyway, there was a time when I was very very dependent on these bars. I was working as a consultant, flying all over the place, and was forced to eat in airports, in taxi cabs, at my desk, etc. Bars were easy and, in some cases, not too horrible tasting. But I have often wondered, are they really any better than a candy bar? As a short article in iVillage points out, these bars have the same number of calories, sometimes more, than say, a regular sized Snickers bar. These bars sure look like candy bars, and more and more, they have things like chocolate, marshmallows ("s'mores flavor"). If it's a meal replacement, they sure are small for a meal, for I've found that I often want to eat another one because I don't feel full.
Are the "diet bars" really helping people lose weight? What about the true protein bars that look like canned spam and taste like peanut butter mixed with tree bark? Are they really that useful for athletes? IVillage has a few tips about how to effectively make use of meal replacement bars if you have to.