FullBar and Aquafull Product Review

June 19, 2009 · 15 comments

Disclaimer: The PR firm for FullBar sent me some FullBars and AquaFull samples to review, however I am under no obligation to do so nor to make the review positive. This review reflects my personal opinion about these products.

See below for how you can easily get your own sample pack to try this product for yourself!

FullBar

The convenience of an individually packaged food bar cannot be overstated. When I was doing really well on my diet one of the things that worked for me was to have a protein bar in my car for the ride home – this made it such that I was less tempted to stop at a fast food place before I got home. I’ve probably tried about every kind of energy or protein bar there is and frankly there are only a few that I like enough to continue to buy.

Prior to being sent a couple of FullBars I had never tried them before. The concept of the FullBar is as it’s name would imply – it is specially formulated to make you feel full before you eat a meal, so that you don’t overeat. Here is how it is described on FullBar.com:

Here’s how it works. 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.

FullBars come in five different flavors, Fresh Berry Bliss, Peanut Butter Crunch, Cranberry Almond, Cocoa Chip and Caramel Apple Crisp. I tried the last two flavors myself. Overall I thought the bars were OK – an interesting texture which basicially consists of puffed wheat bound together by whatever ingredients are in the flavoring. They were a little chewy, but all in all not bad.

AquaFull

FullBar makes a companion product called Aquafull that I was also able to try. Instead of just drinking a plain bottle of water with your FullBar you can give it a little pop by adding a packet of Aquafull to it. I’m not a big fan of adding things to my water but my kids do it constantly with Crystal Light so I know it is something some people like to do. Here is how the makers describe it:

Drink Aquafull with your Fullbar 30 minutes before meals for added fullness or alone anytime. With antioxidants and metabolizers, Aquafull is a powerful tool for hunger management. On the go, easy hydration that helps you feel full so you can get back to enjoying your full life!

Aquafull comes in three flavors, Zesty Lemon Tea, Berry Bliss, and Pomegranate Orange. I tried the first two. Of the two, I preferred Berry Bliss.

I think most everyone who has been on a diet understands this general concept. But how does eating a Fullbar and drinking water with Aquaful differ from eating or drinking anything else prior to a meal? Wouldn’t you get the same benefits if you just drank a bunch more water before your meal? I know that is a strategy some people employ. Maybe some granola or bran? Here is what they say about that:

Research regarding satiety shows that it is not simply achieved by eating a fiber source such as bran; tthere needs to be a combination of ingredients to provoke the response (this would be one reason why after drinking a fiber supplement, one does not feel satisfied). The combination of ingredients is: a fiber source, a protein source, shear bulk with low calories as well as water. This combination has the best effect in specific ratios which we have perfected here at FullBar™. So, yes it is much different than eating some bran and water before a meal, plus it tastes much better.

I used this strategy twice and I can honestly say that I think I did feel less hungry at meal time and that because of that I did eat less. So that’s good! However, I can’t honestly say I wouldn’t have felt just as full if I had just had more water. I think if I were to invest some time in doing some scientific research into it I could probably determine whether that was true or not.

SOLD OUT! Here’s the thing – I don’t have time to do that! However, maybe you do! Interested in trying FullBar and Aquafull for yourself? The first 10 people who comment on this post and also leave me their shipping info on my contact form (don’t put your address in your public comment, US addresses only) will be sent a sample pack to try out for yourself. Your address will only be used for shipping out the sample pack, not for any other marketing purpose. SOLD OUT!

So what do you think – does it logically follow that eating a puffed wheat bar with water would make you feel fuller or are you skeptical? Leave a comment and you can try it out for yourself.

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{ 15 comments }

alissa June 19, 2009 at 7:21 am

sounds interesting! i would love to try it!

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

Tami June 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

I’ve heard that eating an apple along with drinking a glass of water is supposed to work too. Or have a bowl of broth before dinner.

I need to do something different for dinner. I eat on plan all day but usually over indulge at dinner time.
Too bad there just isn’t some magic words to say that would help us feel more full.

Dinner time has long been my problem as well – good all day and then WHAMMO.

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

Charles Martin June 19, 2009 at 8:36 am

I would love to give it a try. Although I’m not a huge fan of using artificial sweeteners, having one once in a while could help me out.

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

David June 19, 2009 at 9:34 am

I’d love to try out both of these products. I always drink a lot of water, but that usually doesn’t help my cravings disappear.

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

MamaBearJune June 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I’ve seen the infomercials and admit I’m a skeptic. What exactly are the ingredients in these? I’d rather drink water and eat a piece of fruit or some soup.

And for so many people, it’s not an issue of hunger that keeps them eating. There are emotional issues that have them noshing, so the bars wouldn’t help that.

Good point about the issue being more than hunger. I know for me that can often be a huge deal where I still eat even when not hungry. It seems like the primary ingredients are Brown Rice Syrup, whatever that is and Puffed Wheat (see http://www.fullbar.com/fullbar-flavors.html). Definitely not low carb.

Becca June 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Any idea exactly what makes these “supposedly” work so well? I have looked into them as well as everything else on the planet promising the full feeling. With 100 pounds to lose you always look for something to help.

I’m with ya there. Well I guess the theory is the puffed wheat expands in your stomach? Not 100% sure. Send me your address and I’ll get some shipped out to you so that you can try them for yourself. Nothing to lose!

Thanks for sending your address Becca – You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

MackAttack June 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I’d love to try some! Could be really helpful before long meetings!

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

Pat June 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm

I would love to try this product!

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

Jackie June 20, 2009 at 12:54 am

I would love to try this!

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Choosing Losing June 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

Would love to try!

You’ve got a FullBar sample pack coming your way!

Silly Syl June 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I’m ready to try something new. . .this could be the ticket.

Send me your address via my private contact form and I’ll hook you up. Only 1 left!

Mary :: A Merry Life June 20, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I’m lucky comment #13! Oh wait, that means I lose. Haha. But anyway, never heard of either of these. They sound interesting.

p.potter June 21, 2009 at 12:33 am

I’ve read some mixed reviews on these bars, but I’m still intrigued. The hard part is choosing not to eat, even when you know you’re not hungry. Boredom often gets the best of me!

Sandra July 3, 2009 at 7:13 am

I like eating these kind of snack/protein/fiber bars. Besides the nutrition the most important thing to me is the taste! If it doesn’t taste good I won’t eat it. I really like Cliff Z Bars for this reason; the brownie bar really does taste like a brownie! BTW, my husband has lost 20 pounds eating at least one or two bars of various brands every day.

angie September 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I would like to try and see if it really works have tried everything else and I have heard good reviews. Is it posible to get a free sample Thank you

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