Can Energy Drinks Help You Lose Weight?

I am not an “Energy Drink” consumer but judging from the prevalence on the store shelves and especially the prominent displays at 7/11 and other convenience stores, lots of people want/need their “energy drinks”.   The “energy”, of course, comes from the caffeine component.  One of the most popular drinks is Red Bull, produced by an Austrian company and sells 6.8 billion (yes, not million, billion) cans a year worldwide.


The nutritional content of a Red Bull: (111 calories)


Total Fat 0.3 g


Saturated fat 0 g


Polyunsaturated fat 0 g


Monounsaturated fat 0 g


Cholesterol 0 mg


Sodium 140 mg


Potassium 11 mg


Total Carbohydrate 40 g


Dietary fiber 0 g


Sugar 37 g


Protein 0.9 g


Caffeine 110 mg


There is a “diet” version of Red Bull that contains only 5 calories.


So, to the question: Can “Energy Drinks”, such as the very popular Red Bull help a person lose weight?  First, the increased “metabolic” effects of energy drinks are responsible for no more than 10 calories a day burned off.  In the 110 calorie version, clearly the net effect is a positive intake of 100 calories; certainly not a help for weight control.  In the “diet”, 5 calorie version, the question arises, similar to diet sodas, whether the artificial sweeteners stimulate brain chemicals that make us seek more sugary foods.


The answer:  Do not look towards Energy Drinks as some “weight loss” aid.  If anyone tells you otherwise, they are full of (Red Bull) s---.  (PG nature of these blog entries prevent me from spelling out the “s” word.)

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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