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“Optimizing your workout” is a phrase often used to summarize exercise, which means running faster or more efficiently to target a specific muscle group.
One way some people try to optimize their fitness routine is by using pre-workout energy drinks, such as Celsius and C4 Energy brands, which claim to be healthier than regular energy drinks and help you get through a good workout. Specifically, Celsius claims to “speed up metabolism” and “burn body fat.” Many people use it to feel more alert and focused during exercise.
But can alcohol really do that? Or does exercise itself contribute to these changes in your body and mind? Are there any downsides to these drinks?
Here, experts share what they should be aware of and some of the risks associated with them.
What is a workout energy drink?
These fitness drinks are popular among fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes looking to improve their strength, power, agility or speed. Emma LangDirector of Nutrition Studies at the University of Georgia.
While this is the traditional use of these drinks, she also said they are consumed by thirsty people who like the taste and energy they get after a few sips.
The exact makeup of these sports energy drinks varies by brand Dr. Scott Jeromesuch asA cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center Ports, They typically contain a blend of caffeine, green tea extract, guarana (as a natural form of caffeine), and taurine (which supports the heart and brain and aids in nerve development).
The amount of each supplement is generally not stated on the label, however Most of these drinks advertise that they contain 200 mg of caffeine. For reference, It has an eight-ounce cup of coffee 80 to 100 mg of caffeine. So after drinking one of these, you’re getting an extra boost of energy.
What do these drinks do?
They claim that exercise energy drinks provide a competitive edge that leads to improved energy levels, metabolism, body composition and athletic performance. Overall, they make you a better athlete during your workout.
People who use it to enhance physical activity drink it 30 to 60 minutes before exercise to give the body time to fully kick in.
Do these drinks really work?
Yes and no. The high caffeine content may mean you’ll have a little more energy during a run or weight-lifting session, Jerome says, but any claims of increased weight loss may not be accurate. Weight loss comes not from drinking, but from proper exercise.
In addition, many of the nutrients found in these beverages—such as antioxidants, amino acids, creatine, vitamins, and minerals—have been linked to improved athletic performance in adults, although the amounts of these nutrients vary widely between products. It doesn’t offer much more than a well-balanced diet.
She explains that you can get your daily portion of these nutrients by eating protein-packed foods, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. And eating a balanced diet will absolutely fuel your workout.
““Pre-workout drinks can be expensive and no more beneficial than whole foods in supporting athletic performance,” Laing added.
Plus, those whole foods don’t come with any of the risk factors that, unfortunately, exercise drinks do.
There are heart health risks for people who consume these drinks.
According to Jerome, these energy sports energy drinks increase heart rate and blood pressure, making them a dangerous drink for many people — especially someone with high blood pressure or heart problems.
These problems do not only occur in elderly people with heart problems. Young people have also reported cases after drinking these drinks. A few years ago A 26-year-old boy suffered a heart attack. After drinking many energy drinks in a day and people have Reported on Tik Tok After drinking for a long time, they have heart problems.
“From the heart’s point of view, these are not good,” Jerome said.
And there are other risk factors.
Besides heart problems, these drinks are linked to other serious issues.
“Adverse effects of pre-workout drinks can occur among people who take more than the recommended amount, if they take other performance-enhancing supplements, or if the ingredients in the pre-workout interact negatively with their medications,” says Laing. Therefore, it is important to consider this before drinking a workout drink.
If you’re going to drink one, stick to the dosage and take a minute and any medication you take can have an adverse effect on this drink.
When deciding whether to drink one of these drinks, you should also consider the caffeine content, Laing added. “A 400 milligrams of caffeine per day is recommended for most adults. So just one of these drinks contains half of your daily caffeine intake.
When you consume too much caffeine, you can experience sleep problems and high levels of anxiety, Lang said.
Even as you weigh these risk factors, remember that you can get the nutrients these drinks claim to provide elsewhere—in vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and more.
Diet and exercise are the best ways to achieve what energy sports drinks promise, says Jerome. And, while some of his patients use these drinks, Jerome says he doesn’t recommend it.