Posts Tagged ‘Energy drinks’


Monday, January 11th, 2010

I love how Mike Geary always gives it to us totally straight. The creator of the awesome Truth About Six Pack Abs workout and nutrition book really knows his stuff. According to Mike, energy drinks don’t really give you energy, they just make you fat. Take a look at what he has to say below to make better sense of it all:

Do Energy Drinks Really Give You Energy, or Just a Fat Stomach

I receive a ton of questions about all of these new “energy” drinks that have hit the market over the last few years. They seem to be all the rage, especially with the youth, and they promise you the world with outrageous claims of all of the super energy that you are going to have, and how you’ll be crushing the competition in your sport, and so on.

So a couple questions arise:

Are these “energy” drinks really any good for you?

Do they actually increase your energy?

Do they really have some sort of magical energy formula?

Will they help you lose weight?

First of all, let’s look at what most of these energy drinks are usually made of. Most of them are simply carbonated water loaded with gut-fattening high fructose corn syrup, caffeine, the amino acid taurine, and a few random B-vitamins thrown in for show to trick you into thinking there’s something healthy about these concoctions.

Let’s start with the high fructose corn syrup. Well, here we’ve got empty calories that will go straight to your belly fat, and that are actually even WORSE for you than plain old refined sugar.

Ok, so you say that they have low-sugar or sugar-free varieties as an alternative to the HFCS-laden energy drinks. Yes, but now you have the problem of the harmful chemicals in the artificial sweeteners.

Another problem with artificial sweeteners is that there are some researchers that believe artificial sweetener use leads people to inadvertently consume more calories and gain more weight in the long run. I won’t go into the details on that because that would fill up an entire discussion by itself. Just trust me that artificial sweeteners and artificial chemicals in food in general, are all bad news for your body!

What about the caffeine? Well, first of all, caffeine in itself doesn’t provide “energy”. Technically, the only substances that actually provide energy are calories (from carbs, protein, and fat).

However, caffeine can be an aid for livening or waking some people up, by means of stimulating the central nervous system. Keep in mind though, if you’re a regular coffee drinker, you’re probably addicted to caffeine and probably wouldn’t receive too much benefit from the caffeine in an energy drink anyway.

Besides, instead of caffeine added to some carbonated drink, I’d rather get my caffeine from a natural source like green, white, or oolong teas, which actually provide healthful antioxidants too!

Now what about that so called magical blend of taurine and B-vitamins that they load into these energy drinks? Well, big deal…you can get taurine in almost any protein source. And the vast majority of those B-vitamins are simply coming right out into the toilet in your pee. Vitamins are best obtained naturally from real food sources, not artificially added to some carbonated drink. Your body just doesn’t use fake sources of vitamins as readily as natural sources from real food.

So as you can see, in my opinion, I give all of these energy drinks a big time THUMBS DOWN! You’re better off mixing up your own homemade energy drink with some iced unsweetened green, white, and oolong teas, a little bit of 100% pure berry or pomegranate juice, and maybe a touch of a non-denatured whey protein.

Well, I hope this article cleared up some of the confusion about these energy drinks that are being so heavily marketed these days, and will help you make more informed decisions for your health.

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.


Monday, September 7th, 2009

Mike Geary, the author of the awesome fitness eBook Truth About Abs, elaborates a bit more about Energy Drinks and whether they are actually beneficial to fitness and energy or if it’s all must a trick of the mind.

Can Energy Drinks Actually Improve Your Strength, Endurance, and Energy Levels… Or is it All in Your Mind?

Plus an important lesson on how to help your mind control your exercise and diet results

by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

You may have noticed from a lot of my ezine issues that I speak a lot about the power of your mind and how this controls the results you get in your body.

This is yet another example of the power of the placebo effect, and probably the only reason anybody gets any results whatsoever from typical supplements (I’m talking more about bogus fat burner supplements rather than legitimate whole food supplements).

I recently read about an interesting study regarding energy drinks and whether they actually give any results (sorry, I don’t have the exact citation or the exact numbers involved), but here was the general details of the study…

The researchers split the group into 2 large groups of people.  The first group they gave one of these typical “energy drinks” that you see everywhere (which I’ve mentioned before are a complete waste).

Now here’s the important part… the researchers specifically told this 1st group of people that the energy drink they were receiving would increase their strength and endurance levels and increase their energy output.

The 2nd group received the exact same “energy drink” but was not told what the drink was, so nothing was said about it improving anything. For all these people knew, they were just being given a drink because they were thirsty.  They were not told that this drink was an “energy drink”.

The very interesting results:

The 1st group, which was told that the energy drink would improve their strength and endurance, actually DID increase their strength outputs and endurance tests.

However, the 2nd group, which received the EXACT SAME “energy drink” was NOT TOLD that it would help anything, and therefore, they showed no measurable signs of improvement on any of the tests!

Wow… yet another powerful example of how it’s ALL IN YOUR MIND!
Energy drinks don’t really help with anything, but if you strongly believe in your mind that something you are doing will improve your results, it really can help your results.  This is the placebo effect at its best!

One way that this phenomenon can be applied to your nutrition and workouts:

1. When you’re performing certain exercises, you need to really strongly BELIEVE IN YOUR MIND that those exercises are transforming your body… in return, that strong belief will improve your results in the gym MUCH more than just mindlessly going through the exercises.

2. When you are eating healthy food, you need to really strongly believe and think about how much that food is making you leaner, stronger, and giving you more energy. If you believe strongly how much that food is helping you, it WILL help you much more than if you didn’t think about what you were eating positively.

This is very powerful stuff!  Your brain CAN really control your fitness results or lack of results.

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.


Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs, the best fitness ebook known to mankind (in my opinion, anyway) fills us in on Energy Drinks and what’s best for before your workout.

Pre-Workout Energy Drink Ideas – What is Best to Eat or Drink Before a Workout?

by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

In today’s Lean-Body Fitness Secrets Ezine, I wanted to tackle a question that I received recently from a subscriber. I’ve had similar questions from several people, so I thought this might be of interest to you. It has to do with pre-workout energy drinks, and morning workouts on an empty stomach.

Q: “Hi Mike. I was hoping you could give me some advice about my morning workouts. Because of my busy day, I find that the only time I can realistically squeeze my workouts in is in the mornings before work. My problem is that if I don’t eat anything, I have no energy during my workout and I feel really weak and sluggish. On the other hand, if I eat even just a bowl of cereal or bagel, I end up getting cramps during my workout. Any suggestions you have, I would really appreciate. Thanks,
Brian F., Calgary, Canada”

A: First of all, if you’re really serious about getting lean for good, I’d recommend ditching the bagels and cereal altogether unless they are truly high-fiber whole grain varieties (sprouted grain is actually the best option). Otherwise, they are just empty refined carbs that will only add blubber to the old belly!

Another topic that this brings up is whether doing your morning workout on an empty stomach is really a good idea or not. Some people swear by morning cardio on an empty stomach as a great way to burn fat, since you don’t have any immediate carbohydrates in your system. From my experience though, and working with hundreds of people who have tried this, I haven’t really seen good results with empty stomach morning workouts.

Personally, when I tried a month or so of morning empty stomach workouts, it resulted in a loss of lean muscle, which I believe ultimately lowered my metabolic rate, making it easier for my body to store body fat in the long run. Again, for me (and others I’ve talked to) morning empty stomach workouts backfired big time, although some people claim it has worked wonders for them. I guess you won’t know if it works for you unless you try it.

Back to Brian’s question about how working out in the morning on an empty stomach leaves him weak and sluggish, whereas eating some cereal or a bagel gives him cramps during his workout…here’s my solution to the problem:

Try getting just a small amount of carbohydrates and protein in liquid form when you wake up. Shown below is my own little concoction… you can call it “Geary’s pre-workout energy serum”. This is 10x better than any ripoff energy supplements or any other crap that the supplement companies will try to lure you into paying top dollar for.

My pre-workout drink will give you the energy to make it through your workout, plus it will help reverse the catabolic state you are in upon waking in the morning, where your body is breaking down muscle tissue in order to supply other areas of the body with necessary amino acids.

My suggestion is to try mixing about 6 oz of an unsweetened iced tea mixture (preferably green, white, oolong, yerba mate, or rooibos teas) with about 6 oz of a PURE berry juice (about 20 grams of carbs), and about 15-20 grams of a quality whey protein powder. You can also add a teaspoon or two of coconut milk as that will add some quickly digestible medium chain fatty acids (a source of healthy fats) for immediate energy for the workout.

For the juice, try to find a PURE berry juice such as blueberry, blackberry, or even a pure pomegranate or cherry juice. Make sure they do NOT contain apple or grape juices.

Keep in mind that I’m usually against drinking fruit juices because I believe you need to eat the whole fruit to reap the benefits, as you’re missing out on the fiber and other nutrients when you just drink the juice. However, I’ve found some of these pure berry juices at whole food or natural food markets and they contain some fruit puree and a couple grams of fiber per glass, so I think they are ok for the purpose of this pre-workout drink (since the amount of carbs is fairly low at approx 20 gms).

I’ve found that this type of pre-workout liquid mixture gives people the needed energy to make it through their morning workouts without cramps, while also helping to prevent the excessive muscle catabolism (breakdown) that might occur during an empty stomach morning workout.

If you haven’t read my internationally selling book, The Truth about Six Pack Abs, featuring over 100 pages of my full training and nutritional system for getting lean ripped flat abs for life, grab a copy today. You’ll see exactly why so many others are finally able to get rid of that stubborn belly fat once they start applying these techniques.

If you enjoyed today’s tip about my pre-workout morning energy drinks, feel free to email this link to any friends or family you know that will find it useful.

I hope you have a great day and hopefully get out and enjoy some fresh air. I’ll be back in a few days with more Lean-Body Secrets.

Stay lean,

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.

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