Powered By Red Bull

Posted on April 2, 2010. Filed under: athletic training, beauty, body weight, caloric intake, calories, carbs, circuit training, clean eating, diet, eating clean, eating healthy, exercise, fat, fat loss, fitness, food, get fit, get in shape, getting in shape, health, healthy food, heart rate, jogging, lifting, lose weight, losing weight, nutrition, nutrition labels, Personal training, resistance training, running, runs, Strength training, vitamins, weight lifting, weight loss, weight training, workout |

I get harassed all the time by my co-workers about how much Redbull I drink. They all try to tell me that all the caffeine in Redbull is going to make my heart explode. But the thing is that I don’t drink coffee!! I think it tastes gross and it upsets my stomach. And all of thing things you have to put in it just rack up calories and fat. Sometimes I do drink green tea, but that’s it. I am like everyone else and I pretty much rely on my caffeine every morning to get my going. Then sometimes I have it if I’m really tired in the afternoon and want it for the gym. Anyhow, I compiled some of the reasons why caffeine is GOOD for you.. so all you non-believers can hear the other side of the story…

– Can improve athletic performance (speed & endurance) by giving more energy for a longer period of time
– Gives a mental perk as well as the ability to stay focused
– Caffeine breaks down fat, freeing fatty acids, so they can be burned
– Caffeine energizes your central nervous system & increases your heart rate, which is great for gearing up for a workout
– Caffeine may contribute to getting your muscles primed. According to a Men’s Health magazine article, “Calcium must be released within a muscle fiber in order for that fiber to contract, and caffeine may block the adenosine receptors attached to muscle fibers, triggering electrical activity that prompts bigger bursts of calcium.” This results in longer muscle contraction.
– Increases metabolism
– Reduces risk of Parkinson’s Disease as well as Diabetes
– Used to treat headaches
– Used to fight depression

So there’s lots of benefits for consuming caffeine. And people who think coffee and energy drinks are the only ways it’s being consumed are crazy. Here’s a list of all different caffeinated drinks and how many milligrams are in each..

12-ounce beverage milligrams
Red Bull (8.2 oz) 80.0
Mountain Dew 55.0
Diet Coke 45.6
Dr. Pepper 41.0
Pepsi-Cola 37.5
Coca-Cola Zero 35.0
Coca-Cola Classic 34.0
Snapple Flavored Teas (Reg. or Diet) 31.5
Canada Dry Cola 30.0
Nestea Sweet Iced Tea 26.5
Canada Dry Diet Cola 1.2
Sprite 0
7-Up 0
Root Beer 0
Sierra Mist 0
Yoo-Hoo 0
Fresca 0

Beverage (8-oz or as noted) milligrams
Starbucks Grande Coffee (16 oz) 330
Coffee, Drip 115-175
Starbucks Grande Latte (16 oz) 150
Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee (16 oz) 143
Coffee, Brewed 80-135
McDonald’s Coffee (small) 100
Coffee, Espresso (2 ounces) 100
Coffee, Instant 65-100
Tea, iced 47
Tea, brewed, imported brands (avg.) 60
Tea, brewed, U.S. brands (avg.) 40
Tea, instant 30
Tea, green 15
Hot cocoa 14
Starbucks Grande Decaf Latte (16 oz) 13
Chocolate Milk (8 oz) 5
Coffee, Decaf, brewed 3-4
Coffee, Decaf, instant 2-3

Kyra Williams
The Get In Shape Girl

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