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From Pacific Health Labs, makers of Accelerade and Endurox R4, comes a new snack bar and drink line called Forze GPS. These bars use a special blend of healthy fats, protein, and fiber to make you feel full and control your appetite between meals.

I’ll admit, I never really liked meal replacement bars, appetite suppressants, or whatever else falls into the category of weight loss/management. Everything seemed like an unnatural shortcut that did not translate to a long-term strategy.

But I agreed to test the Forze GPS line because it is more of a natural thing. The combination of fat, protein, and fiber is supposed to make you feel fuller, longer. It’s not some exotic herb or synthetic chemical designed to disrupt your body.

There is no ephedra or fake ephedra garbage, and I didn’t catch any weird herbs in the ingredients (like with ACT Body Trim.) I did have mild success with Body Trim and with a pill called Lean Out, but I’m not planning to ingest any of that stuff on a regular basis.

So let’s take a more detailed look at Forze GPS…

Forze GPS Ingredients and Nutrition Facts

With the Forze GPS bars, you find the standard ingredients for most chewy granola bars. There’s added sugar but luckily no high fructose corn syrup. Health-wise, this bar falls somewhere between fresh fruit and a candy bar.

The Forze GPS drinks look pretty good, except for the sucralose, which I despise. However, they want to keep calories down, and sucralose works in that regard. (I don’t make it a habit to consume anything with artificial sweeteners, but you can make your own decision on that matter.)

Calorie-wise, the bars pack 160 calories while the drink is just 45 calories.

Typical dieters may shy away from the bars, considering 160 calories is 155 more than most diet pills, but that’s fine. These bars are for athletes who need to curb their cravings on occasion to stay at race weight.

For example, I can maintain weight at about 3,500-4,000 calories per day, depending on the exact activity level. A day where I barely eat still means I’m taking in 2,200-2,500 calories. So 160 calories is nothing.

Forze GPS Taste Test

Here’s what I thought of the taste and texture of these bars and drinks…

forze gps drink vanilla

Vanilla drink: For starters, this drink comes in a neat juice box that will fit nicely into your lunch box. The straw is neat, too. Instead of bending, it is a two-piece straw that expands when you go to use it.

The vanilla flavor was similar to other drinks of this flavor, kind of like Carnation instant breakfast. Forze was not as creamy though, and it has a bit of an aftertaste that was not pleasant.

It’s drinkable, but nowhere near as good as the bars!

forze gps bar chocolate peanut butter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar: This is a good bar. It has a nice crunchy texture and a very strong flavor. It starts with a strong chocolate flavor which is followed with a peanut flavor, and the bar finishes with a “mocha coffee” flavor.

I prefer the Cranberry Nut flavor, but this was good. I’m sure chocolate fanatics would choose this flavor.

forze gps bar cranberry nut

Cranberry Nut Bar: This is a soft and chewy bar, and it smells great. It tastes like most chewy granola bars, like those “Quaker chewy” ones for example. The flavor is very good, and it’s actually better than those similar chewy granola bars out there!

You could consider this a delicacy amongst many energy bars and granola bars. I’m not sure what it is, but this bar is very, very good!

Testing the Appetite Control of Forze GPS

forze gps bar wrapper

The real question with Forze GPS is, “how well does it control my appetite?”

The bars are “designed to be a snack replacement between meals,” which means I could have 2-3 of these bars or drinks each day. That’s a lot of money at $2 per bar and $3 per drink. We’re looking at $4-$7 per day! (I’ll be looking to use as few of these bars as necessary to curb my appetite.)

Here’s how it went for me:

Test Day #1, Sunday 4/19/09

I started the day with a big chicken sandwich for breakfast at 8:30am, followed by a small peanut butter sandwich at 11:00.

At 12:45pm, I downed a cranberry nut Forze bar in place of a 400 calorie snack. I was just hoping it would hold me over till about 3:00. It did; my next snack consisted of an apple, a couple pretzels, and green tea at 3:30.

Normally I would have been starving, but I was only slightly hungry! The bar worked!!

Things changed at 4:30pm though. I sat down and started snacking while watching NHL and NBA playoffs. I couldn’t stop! I sat on my butt and downed pieces of fresh cinnamon raisin bread, hard pretzels, and some hot chocolate. That lasted till about 5:30.

At 6:00 I was stuffed due to the binge! I snacked on a few vegetables later in the evening, and despite the late afternoon binge, I’d say the first test was a success.

Test Day #2, Monday 4/20/09

I started out with breakfast at 8:00am, which was about 600-900 calories of sprouted grain bread, natural peanut butter, walnuts, and an Ola Loa multivitamin.

I needed a snack at 11:30, so I chose a chocolate peanut butter Forze bar. That fueled me up for weight lifting from 1:30-3:00pm and then some.

It wasn’t till 4:30 that I made a huge banana smoothie. Surprisingly, I had a hard time finishing all 36oz.

At 7:30pm, I had two huge plates of veggies, and that was it for the day. Rarely do I eat this little!!

Test Day #3, Tuesday 4/21/09

Started the day with a small breakfast at 8:00am – 1/2 a chicken breast smothered in basil pesto. Then I turned to a Forze drink at 11:30, which kept me satiated for my indoor trainer ride from 12:30-1:30pm.

My post-ride snack was a banana, followed by a nice concoction of apple, peanut butter, and raisins. That was spaced between 2:00 and 3:00pm.

I got hungry for a real meal at 3:30, but I wasn’t starving. I made some banana oatmeal (which was actually more banana than oats,) then I had a couple plates of veggies.

I needed a couple pieces of dark chocolate at around 9:00pm (or else I would have been too hungry to get to sleep.) I’d say Day 3 was another superb result!

Test Summary

During these three days and the other days when I used the Forze GPS bars, I could really tell they were working. I consumed fewer calories than usual, and it was easy! Even if I eat a lot of food, I rarely get that “too full to actually eat” feeling, but things changed with Forze GPS.

Using just one Forze GPS bar per day made a huge impact in my caloric intake and kept me feeling full. It definitely works as an appetite suppressant. Their job is to keep my feeling full, and that’s exactly what they did.

The best way to look at it, is…

This small amount of processed food could replace a large amount of processed food when used as a snack replacement. If I get hungry, it’s usually too late to cook something, so I grab a snack that’s not always healthy.

Let’s take hard pretzels as an example. It’s rare that I eat these anymore, but it happens. If I eat the pretzels, I’ll have at least a few, and easily get 400 calories and no health benefit. And not even feel full.

But if I take one of these bars instead, that’s only 160 calories, and I’m satisfied. It will give me time to cook a few plates of vegetables.

My final verdict is…

As usual, I recommend a healthy diet full of unprocessed foods, especially high in fruits and vegetables. Something like these Forze GPS bars (and any energy bars, for that matter) should be used sparingly.

But, you can use these strategically and end up improving your diet. (Unless you already have the perfect physique and diet, in which case you have no reason to look at any sort of “bars.”)

I am 100% sure I’ll use these again, based on how well they worked. Plus, the great taste of those Cranberry Nut bars will tempt me for sure! (I could go for a chocolate peanut butter bar, too, but I’ll be avoiding the drinks.)

So if you want an appetite suppressant, give Forze GPS a chance before you go and take something crazy like ephedra. Forze GPS would be the safer and better tasting option. And they work better than anything I’ve tried!

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Product Review Details
Company: Pacific Health Labs
Product: Forze GPS Bar
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2009-05-04
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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