Does Red Bull give you (bingo) wings?

Hi Guys

Over the last few years, supermarket shelves have become stacked with energy drinks: Red Bull, Monster, Red Rooster, Relentless and Lucozade to name just a few. Allegedly loaded with “special” ingredients, they all promise the same thing:

  • Higher energy levels
  • Better concentration
  • Increased endurance and performance

Last week one of my clients walked into the gym for our session carrying a Red Bull. He’d heard that it was the perfect energy boost ahead of training.

He was wrong.

In truth, Red Bull is just about the WORST thing you could drink ahead of a workout.

And here’s why…

The truth about energy drinks

When you scratch the surface, these energy drinks contain three main ingredients in bucketloads: sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine. This cocktail of ingredients has been the subject of much controversy in medical circles. So much so that Red Bull has actually been BANNED in recent years in France, Denmark and Norway.

Technically speaking you will get a short-term energy boost, but it will be followed by a dramatic crash in your energy levels. You’ll feel lethargic and sluggish and if anything, your concentration will be a lot WORSE.

And the risk is that then you look for another short-term energy boost, another energy drink loaded with caffeine and sugar – and the cycle continues. You’re overloading your body with empty calories which end up depositing themselves around your waistline.

Do you actually need an energy drink?

If you’re someone that relies on energy drinks, it’s likely that something in your lifestyle is making you yearn for a can of Red Bull to make you feel more alert.

It could be any of the following:

  • You’re not getting enough sleep
  • You’re not drinking enough water
  • You’re not exercising enough
  • You’re feeling stressed
  • You’re eating too much junk

Natural ways to boost your energy levels

So rather than rush out to the newsagents for a caffeine and sugar fix, try some of the following to see if that makes you perk up.

  • Go to bed a bit earlier (more sleep will relax you mentally and physically)
  • Drink more water (preferably 1.5 – 2 litres a day)
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables (fruit is a natural source of sugar)
  • Cut down on “cheap sugar” from cakes and chocolate (and avoid sugar highs and lows)
  • Exercise more (even a brisk walk could re-vitalise you)
  • Eat more regularly (healthy snacks between meals will keep your mind and body alert)

So there we go. That’s my sponsorship deal with Red Bull down the toilet. But it’s really important to know exactly what you’re consuming and what effect it has on your health.

As always, drop me a line if you’ve got any questions. I’ll do my best to get back to you as quick as I can.

Take it easy
Tony

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