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SerendipityLaura 12-02-2007 09:39 AM

Lean for Life Product Nutritional Labels
I want to use this thread as a place to keep in one thread the label information for different products. This would be a great tool for comparison with products sold in the stores.

SerendipityLaura 12-02-2007 09:44 AM

Old Fashioned Oatmeal with Apples & Cinnamon
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 packet (37g)

Amount per serving
Calories:130 Calories from fat: 15

Total fat 1.5g
Saturated fat 0g
Trans fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 45mg
Potassium 170mg

Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary fiber 5g
Sugars 5g

Protein 10g

(I think the usable carbs in this is 16g, which sounds like a lot, unless you are on your protein days trying to reach the minimum 50g's of carbs.)

gchance 12-02-2007 09:34 PM

Wow, that's really good compared to the sugar-laced Quaker stuff, at 32g total carbs (29g net)! I don't have them handy or the time to look them up, but I wonder how that compares to other "diet" oatmeals (like the "weight loss" stuff Quaker makes). More protein, too (Quaker has 4g).


So Cal Girl 12-03-2007 07:27 AM

Good Morning,

I thought I would lend you a hand Laura and help post some of the nutritional information for LFL. I just started the program at a clinic (my 7th day today) and have lost 6.4 lbs so far! :D I know I won't see losses like this every week, but it's a great motivator.;) I'm not sure how to convert regular labels to usable carbs yet, but if anyone would be kind enough to share that with me I would appreciate it!

Caramel Nut Bar: 12 usable carbs
Calories: 160 (calories from fat, 45)
Total Fat: 5g (saturated: 3g, Trans 0)
Cholesterol: less than 5mg
Sodium: 160mg
Potassium: 85mg
Total Carbohydrate: 15g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 3g
Sugar Alcohol: 11g
Protein: 15g

Coconut Almond Bar: 13 usable carbs

Calories: 160 (calories from fat, 50
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: Less than 5mg
Sodium: 105mg
Potassium: 95mg
Total Carbohydrate: 14g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Soluble Fiber: 0g
Insoluble Fiber: Less than 1g
Sugars: 4g
Sugar Alcohol: 10g
Other Carbohydrates: 0g
Protein: 15g

Peanut Butter Crunch Bar: 13 usable carbs
Calories: 150 (calories from fat, 40)
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 120mg
Potassium: 135mg
Total Carbohydrate: 18g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 10g

Double Chocolate Bar: 13 usable carbs

Calories: 150 (calories from fat, 40)
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: less than 5mg
Sodium: 70mg
Potassium: 110mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 13g
Protein: 10g

Chocolate Mint Bar: 13 usable carbs

Calories: 150 (calories from fat, 40)
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: less than 5mg
Sodium: 70mg
Potassium: 110mg
Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 10g

Peanut Butter Bar (not the crunch): 13 usable carbs

Calories: 150 (calories from fat, 45)
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 50mg
Potassium: 95mg
Total Carbohydrate: 19
Dietary Fiber: 4
Sugars: 6
Protein: 10g

Creamy Hot Cocoa: 4 usable carbs
Calories: 70 (calories from fat 10)
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: Less than 5mg
Sodium: 220mg
Potassium: 200
Total Carbohydrate: 6g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 12g

Have a great day everyone!


So Cal Girl 12-03-2007 07:40 AM

Creamy Chocolate Shake: 8 usable carbs

Calories: 90 (calories from fat: 15)
Total Fat: 1.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: Less than 5mg
Sodium: 210mg
Potassium: 180mg
Total Carbohydrate: 8g
Dietary Fiber: less than 1g
Sugars: 3g
Protein: 12g

Creamy Vanilla Shake: 11 usable carbs

Calories: 90 (calories from fat: 5)
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 10mg
Sodium: 180mg
Potassium: 210mg
Total Carbohydrate: 11g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 12g

So Cal Girl 12-03-2007 07:54 AM

Here is a quick list that Lindora gave me to help me with choices for the day. The numbers shown are usable carbs:


Caramel Nut Bar: 12
Chocolate Chip Bar: 13
Chocolate Mint Bar: 13
Coconut Almond Bar: 13
Double Chocolate Bar: 13
Double Chocolate Crunch: 10
Garlic & Onion Soy Nuts: 10
Honey Nut and Oat Bar: 11
Oatmeal Cinnamond Raisin Bar: 13
Peanut Butter Bar: 13
Peanut Butter Crunch Bar: 13
Smokey BBQ Soy Buts: 10
Toasted Pro-Flakes Cereal: 12
Yogurt Peanut Butter Crunch Bar: 10

Cold Beverages and Puddings:

Cheesecake: 8
Chocolate Drink Box:4
Chocolate Drink or Pudding Mix: 5
Chocolate Mousse Pudding: 1
Creamy Chocolate Shake: 8
Creamy Vanilla Shake: 11
Custard Creme Instant Pudding: 5
Double Chocolate Instant Pudding: 7
Dulce de Leche: 7
Lemon Chiffon Instant Pudding: 7
Orange Drink Mix: 2
Peach Mango Drink Mix: 2
Pineapple Apricot Drink Mix: 2
Powder Variety Pack-Sip and Savor: 8
Strawberry Drink Box 5.5
Strawberry Drink of Pudding Mix: 5
Vanilla Drink Box: 4.1
Vanilla Drink or Pudding Mix: 5
Vanilla Parfait: 1
Wildberry Passion Drink: 1

Hot N Hearty Proteins:

Chicken Bouillon Soup: 1
Chicken Noodle Soup: 5
Chicken w/Veg Soup: 6
Cream of Chicken Soup: 1
Cream of Mushroom Soup: 1
Cream of Tomato Soup: 1
Old Fashioned Oatmeal: 21
Scrambled eggs: 3
Vegetable Chili: 11
Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognese: 17

Hot Protein Beverages:

Cappuccino: 4
Cream Hot Cocoa: 4
Hot Chocolate: 4
Raspberry Hot Cocoa: 5

Fiber Drinks and Gels:

Fiber Cherry Gelatin: 0
Fiber Iced Tea w/Lemon: 0
Fiber Mixed Fruit Drink: 0
Fiber Orange Gelatin: 0

gchance 12-03-2007 08:31 AM

What's interesting to me is their bars are so high in usable (net) carbs comparatively with other brands of bars for similar content. Their caloric content, however, seems to be lower.

For example, compare the peanut butter crunch bar with the south beach chocolate peanut butter meal replacement:

Peanut Butter Crunch Bar: 13 usable carbs
Calories: 150 (calories from fat, 40)
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 120mg
Potassium: 135mg
Total Carbohydrate: 18g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 10g

South Beach Chocolate Peanut Butter Meal Replacement Bar (3g usable carbs)
Calories: 210 (60 from fat)
Total Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 350mg
Potassium: 75mg
Total Carbohydrate: 26g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Sugars: <1g
Protein: 19g

Now... does Lindora count their bar as a protein bar? Because the South Beach bar has almost twice as much! Of course, I only eat a half a bar at a time.


SerendipityLaura 12-03-2007 09:11 AM

Thanks, So Cal! Which clinic are you attending?

I'll ask the nurse today about the usable carbs and see what info I can come up with that. Because from what I can see its not a straight (carbs minus fiber or sugar alcohol). I think I remember reading that you are not supposed to subtract anything from the carbs if its not a LFL product, but what's the fun in that?

I'm not sure about the protein bar vs. meal replacement bar thing.... I'll try and remember to ask about that as well... I think I need to start making lists.

gchance 12-03-2007 09:51 AM

Yup, I reread that recently and laughed hysterically at it. I understand the logic if you're making something yourself, because you could be like oh geez, this has all these carbs but if I add a ton of fiber to it, I can subtract! So of course that doesn't work.. but in other products, it should. AND other diet plans do the same thing (south beach, atkins).

Terms like "protein bar", "meal replacement bar", and the like are really more marketing terms than anything. You have to look at their nutritional makeup... like with the South Beach bars, compare their "breakfast bar" with the "meal replacement" bar. Two things stand out immediately to me: the calories and supplements included. A meal replacement bar tends to be higher in calories and have a lot of vitamins & such added to make it more of a rounded item.


So Cal Girl 12-03-2007 11:34 PM

Serendipity Laura: I am going to the Irvine clinic. I've been reading the boards for a few days and I've learned that Greg's hot button is posting other stuff in different threads, so I don't want to make him upset with me the first day. :rofl: I have to say though, I love these little icons, they're hilarious!

Greg: I haven't tried Atkins or South Beach, so I'm going to rely on all of you to learn a little bit about the differences. At Lindora, they call them protein bars. I know you mentioned that some of the others have a lot of vitamins, but maybe the reason Lindora's aren't is because they load you up with vitamins everyday (i.e. vitamin B shot, multi-vitamins (x4), potassium
(x1), Omega (x2), Calcium (x2). Today they gave me a booster right in the hip:cry: Now that one hurt...

I can't wait to learn some more from all of you, so any help or feedback you can give is greatly appreciated.

gchance 12-04-2007 08:49 AM

Geez, yet another reason I wouldn't make it at the Lindora clinic... shots. I can't stand shots, I take them if I have to, but avoid them if at all possible. I'm happy with my vitamin supplement, thanks. :)


SerendipityLaura 12-04-2007 02:47 PM

The shots aren't too bad, they use baby needles...and most of the time I don't even feel it. We get a shot everyday we visit of B-?? can't remember what kind of B vitamin.

but we can also choose to purchase an upgraded B-complex shot that can give you a little bit bigger boost of energy, that is called the "booster". The booster do hurt a little bit.... not so much the needle, but the ingredients sting a little as they enter your body.

I asked one of my nurses and she said that the LFL protein bars can be used as a meal replacement.

Pokey602 12-05-2007 10:54 PM

Hi Laura I have had to cut back on those LFL protein bars. For me they are just to much carbs. So I use them and 1/2 at that as a treat/snack. I have lost only 9 lbs in 1 mth. But I will take it.. Are you getting the B-Boosters weekly. I did and you do get
plenty of energy.

Greg shots in the butt hurts.. But Laura is right B-12 gives alot of energy daily. I guess that is why we get them

Hi So cal girl; I go to the Temecula clinic .

So Cal Girl 12-05-2007 11:07 PM

Greg: She's right. The daily shots are tiny, and don't hurt at all. But, I'm here to tell you.... those boosters.... ahem.... [COLOR="Red"]OUCH[/COLOR]! I have only had one so far and I'm scared to get another one. :cry:

So Cal Girl 12-05-2007 11:08 PM

Pokey: It's nice to meet you! I love to go to Temecula to go to Pechanga!:D Do you ever go there?

How long have you been doing LFL?

gchance 12-06-2007 08:53 AM

Booster is a type of shot, they're the ones they give innoculations to little kids with. I'm not entirely sure what booster means, but I do remember how much they hurt. One time I passed out from one as a kid (think that contributed to my hatred of needles. now?)

Pokey, I'm with you, protein bars are too high in calories in general. With almost every bar I only eat half of one, with exception to the Balance 100 bars, which are exactly 100 calories. They're also delicious. :)


Pokey602 12-06-2007 04:20 PM

Hi so cal Yeeehaaa Pechanga. We go to the concerts. I love the Pechanga Buffet. I can make good choices there.

I have been on Lindora or 4 weeks. With a 9 lb weight loss. Slow butin the right direction.

gchance 12-06-2007 04:32 PM

Slow? 9 pounds in a month isn't slow, that's over 2 pounds a week! If you continued at that rate you'd lose over a hundred in a year.


Pokey602 12-07-2007 01:01 PM

I only need to lose 36 lbs. When yer 5'1" it might as well be 100 lbs. 60yrs young dont help either LOL @ ya Greg. Thanks Greg for the encouraging words. Sue

gchance 12-07-2007 11:53 PM

Right, so then all you need to get to your goal is 5 months! EASY!

Just remember that the last 10 pounds are the hardest, so don't get discouraged.


ntrgrl 01-28-2008 03:38 PM


Greg is right... 9 lbs is great :clap:

I'm 5'5" and I've lost 86 lbs in 7 months (8mo on 19th of Feb). I too have 36 more lbs to go; last week (& wk before) I hit 180 and did not MOVE :mad: :annoyed: after 6 days on an AMP Menu (alternative menu plan) I finally broke through :kicking: Lindora warned me these last 36 would be the hardest.

Keep up the good work :kicking: We're all here for you :hugs:

PS: do you live near Pechanga? I'm in Grand Terrace... just wondering :)

Lesliekay 02-02-2009 01:25 AM

ntrgrl, have you checked out the plateau diet from Lean for Life? Or maybe that's what you meant with a AMP? It always worked for me when I got stuck.

Regarding protein bars, Lindora will tell you adamantly that you can't count on the usable carb count with any products except theirs, but I suspect that has a lot to do with wanting to sell only their products. If certain ingredients can be subtracted from the Lindora products, then it only makes sense that the same ingredients be deducted from other similar products.

I have developed my own theory about "usable" and actual carb counts, and how they affect low carb diets. I think you can safely subtract the fiber from any product. But you have to be more careful with the sugar alcohols. I have actually tested on myself by trying various so called low "usable" carb products while in ketosis, and then testing again an hour after eating them. Obviously a bar that has only 4 usable carbs is not going to knock me out of ketosis if the rest of the carbs truly don't affect blood sugar levels. My personal experience has been that the sugar alcohols do have some affect on ketosis. Maybe not the full carb count, but I do allright if I believe about half the claims of the products. In any case, I would really try to limit the number of products you use daily that claim to have fewer usable carbs when the actual carb count on the label is high. I only allow myself one of those types of products per day, usually as a treat, and I count half the actual carb count toward my daily totals. Through much trial and error that is what works for me. Of course we're all different, so someone else may have much better luck with those types of products.

Lindora girl 03-14-2009 07:14 PM

Re: Proteins Bars
When I went into maintenance, I started using the Atkins bars. These are very low in carbs 2net carbs per bar. I am now back on program and I am stiil eating the Atkins bars. The have about 130 to 160 cal per bar and fat g varies 6-9, 10 g of protein, as long as you keep the rest of your food low in fat it is alright to have them. I would do a few test days first with the bars. Please let your nurse know if you are doing this. I asked a lot of ?s before I did this and I do not have a problem with it. Just remember that they do have 160 cal per bar and 2 net carbs. I hope this helps.

socalmoma 04-17-2009 11:03 AM

Heellppp for a newbie!
Hey guys, I'm new to all this - starting my protein days on Wed, after Tues nurse visit - I'm stocking up the house getting ready, but I'm struggling to find fat free marg & fat free cheese - am I being a goober :doh:

Are their specific brands I should be looking for? Also I could only find one salad dressing that met the criteria??

Any help gratefully received :hiya:

Lindora girl 04-17-2009 06:48 PM

Re: cheese and butter
Hi, Look for Weight Watchers Cheese, 45 cal, 2.5 fat g, 2 carbs per slice. I also have tried Veggie Slices by Galaxy Nutritional Foods, 35 cal, 2 fat g,less than 1 carb per serving. I use I can't believe its not butter spray zero fat zero carbs per spray.I also use Wish Bone Salad Spritzers, 10 sprays per serving, 15 cal, 1grm fat, less than 1 carb per serving. I hope this helps. :up:

socalmoma 04-17-2009 09:01 PM

Thanks so much - I wondered if I was going blind - but I deffo didn't see any of those (except the wishbone) in VONS - I'll have to check around.

Appreciate the advice :D

Thanks xoxo

MagicalHome 02-22-2010 10:09 PM

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gilryforgod 03-19-2010 02:47 PM

I saw your blog and I would love to speak to you. My sister in OC is doing the same program and is doing great.....Do you have a private email I can email you on and we can chat....I am looking to follow the Lindora as best as possible but without doing it...Dont have the funds to do so but would love to get some insight from you. Thanks

gilryforgod 03-19-2010 02:48 PM

The above message is for serendipitylaura....thanks guys can you tell I am new to this whole site! Yikes!

SerendipityLaura 03-19-2010 02:58 PM

PM'ing you my email address. :D

ETA: Opps, doesn't look like you can receive PM's yet. You can email me at laura 612 at gmail dot com (all together)

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