Can You Take Energy Drinks On The Military Diet?
During the military diet, you may consider taking energy drinks since eating less can make you feel exhausted and with reduced energy levels. However, it is not advisable to take energy drinks. That is because of two reasons. While caffeine in moderation is not bad, taking too much of it is. Also, energy drinks such as Rock Star, Monster, and even Red Bull have high levels of fructose corn syrup or sugar. It will rather lead to fat gain rather than weight loss. Because of this, it is not advisable to take energy drinks during the military diet. Even after the 3 day military diet, you should avoid energy drinks or limit them to just 1 can per day.
Energy Drink In The Military Diet
The question on many people’s minds is why energy drinks are so bad for the diet? With this issue, you have to carefully consider the two main ingredients in energy drinks – caffeine and sugar. Energy drinks contain a few more ingredients depending on the brand you decide to consider, the two main ingredients are caffeine and sugar. These ingredients are responsible for the boost of energy felt when you take in a can of energy drink. One of the ingredient caffeine can be taken in moderation, and it will not affect your health as an adult nor mess with your weight loss scheme. The other ingredient, which is sugar/ high fructose corn syrup, should be avoided at all cost. Let us have a look at both ingredients.
Caffeine In The Military Diet
While research has shown that caffeine helps improve your skin (reduce the occurrence and appearance of wrinkles, crows feet and other signs of aging) and also aid in the development of strong healthy hair, it is only beneficial when taken in moderation. An overdose of caffeine is quite dangerous. If you must take caffeine, you should brew a cup of coffee or better still a cup of matcha green tea or sencha green tea. This will give you the right amount of caffeine without affecting your health in a bad way. It is best not to add any sweeteners. You should also be careful how many cups of green tea you take in.
While matcha and sencha green teas are excellent sources of caffeine, catechins such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) (which aids in elevating metabolism, helps in fat oxidation and improve insulin activities), and polyphenols (an organic compound which is an excellent antioxidant), matcha and sencha green teas as with other teas contain caffeine which can make you vulnerable to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is bad for your bones. Also, consuming a large amount of tea (8 cups a day) can cause hepatoxicity. Green tea, coffee, soda and other colorful drinks can stain the teeth. With this said, a cup or 2 of matcha or sencha green tea is far better than any energy drink.
Sugar In The Military Diet
Most of us trying to lose weight or trying to maintain a trim lean figure know that sugar is an adversary. This is because sugar or sucrose increases the glycemic index and causes our body to store more fat. For this reason, we try to avoid sugar as much as we can.
High fructose corn syrup, the sweetener found in many energy drinks and carbonated drinks, is a hundred times worse than sucrose (regular sugar). This causes your body to start storing fat. You may be wondering why the body does that. It is because it is designed that way. We know in the past, food was not as abundant and also starvation and famines were quite a normal occurrence. Sadly in some parts of the world, it still is a normal occurrence. This meant that our body storing excess fat would likely save our lives when food is scarce since the body can then burn through the fat reserves.
In many parts of the modern world, this is not the case. We eat on a daily basis, meaning the body never gets the opportunity to burn off the fat stored when we take in excess sugar. The target of a weight loss program is to allow your body to burn the excess fat stored in your belly and other body parts avoiding foods that cause your body to store fat. Taking energy drinks such as Red Bull will not do this.
You may be thinking, “But I know people who drink energy drinks regularly but do not pot bellies”. While it is true that there are some who drink a lot of energy drinks and do not gain weight from it, you need to know that not everyone is the same. There are people who naturally have a high metabolism rate and as such, their body can effortlessly burn through the fat created. Also, the lifestyle of those people may be one with a lot of physical activities that burns of the sugar and fats.
If you are looking to lose weight, then it is clear that without help your body cannot burn all the fat stored as a result of taking in too much sugar in the form of sodas and energy drinks. For this reason, it is best to avoid any source of sugar. This includes energy drinks, which have high levels of sugar.
What about bottled or canned energy drinks that do not contain sugar? If the energy drink is unsweetened but still taste sweet then they may contain artificial sweeteners. These are not the best options. Some dieticians, medical practitioners, and such even think they are worse than sugar. This is because they can mess with the hormonal balances of your body and thus causes negative health issues.
Permitted Energy Drinks In The Military Diet
If you are looking to take any drink that will boost your energy, you should consider taking in a cup of green tea or coffee without sweeteners. Drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are also much healthier than the usual energy drinks. You may have noticed sportsmen and sportswomen taking them during a sporting event. They are packed with electrolytes and will rehydrate you. During your military diet, it may be best to stick to the food list. And after the 3 active days of the military diet, you can take in some green tea whenever you feel like having a drink.