Do Energy Drinks Work to Help You Lose Weight?
Over half of the world’s population is overweight. Rather you call it plump, hefty, large boned, this can be true without being overweight, fat, or obese or anyone of dozens of other terms that facts are the same. Most people, me included, are out of shape and at an unhealthy weight.
The vast majority of us that, are overweight to one degree or another want to lose weight. Many of us want to lose weight to improve our looks, stamina, strength, and health. Because of this the weight loss business is responsible for billions of dollars in retail sales. Energy drinks are gaining a larger chunk of that year by year.
This increased popularity among dieters, athletes, college students, truck drivers, and many more professionals has made energy drinks a target for media coverage.
The big question has been do energy drinks work to promote weight loss?
Out of all the negative publicity and company propaganda it can be a quagmire in which the facts are too often left by the wayside. Here are what the Medias leading concerns are, followed by the facts we found in our investigation:
The high sugar content in energy drinks makes them not only ineffective in promoting weight loss but can also cause an increase in weight gain when consumed.
The facts are pretty simple here. Most energy drinks contain the same or slightly less calories than a regular soda of the same size. The average number of calories is right around 100 calories per energy drink. While this high level of calories is certainly not optimum for dieting we found that slim fast drinks boasted higher numbers of calories than most energy drinks. In fact the average numbers of calories in these slim fast drinks were in fact 140 to 160 calories per beverage! Slimfast is known as a diet drink and if they can be recognized as a good diet shake maybe energy drinks are not as bad as the media is making out.
Many people choose to drink diet sodas when dieting to reduce calories and sugar intake. These diet sodas are flavored with artificial sweeteners like nutria sweet. Studies have proven conclusively that these artificial sweeteners can cause your metabolism to slow down. Personally I would worry more about that than the few extra calories from real sugars.
Now if you are old fashioned and a serious calorie counter then you will be glad to know that most if not all energy drinks are available in diet formulas. These diet formulas like there soda pop counter pops are available with few or 0 calories! This means that you can choose to still get the energy boost from the energy drink with no calories. This makes energy drinks every bit as calorie efficient as diet sodas.
What does all these facts amount to?
Well that is up to you to decide. In my personal opinion I would steer clear of the diet drinks that have artificial sweeteners and try an energy drink in moderation and test the results personally before deciding.