“Don’t eat that banana. It has sugar in it!” Yup, that’s something I heard the other day and you know what? It was like nails on a chalk board for me.
The natural sugar found in a banana is different than the added sugars in these energy drinks and is not what the American Heart Association (AHA) had in mind when it developed its most recent guidelines regarding added sugar intake.
8 teaspoons of sugar. That’s how much is in this energy drink! That’s the daily maximum recommended by the AHA for men and over the recommended limit for women.
Want to clean up your diet and lose weight without feeling deprived? That’s what I’m all about. I help people achieve a greater state of health by making simple but sustainable changes to the way they eat. In this case, the answer to the question is: kick the can! The sugary beverage can that is.
Drinking a 150 calorie drink like this on top of what you normally eat every day will earn you an extra 15 pounds by the end of the year. And, adding insult to injury, you don’t get the same sense of fullness you would get if you ate 150 calories of food. The good news? Turn it around. Stop drinking 150 calories a day and lose 15 pounds by the end of the year.
“But I need the buzz from these energy drinks in order to stay awake.” you say. Well, I’d recommend a good ol plain cup of coffee and then ask “Why are you not making 7-8 hours of sleep a night your priority?” But I’ll leave that for another blog post for another day.
Until the next time, I’m wishing the best!