Does Red Bull Help You Lose Weight?

Does Red Bull Help You Lose Weight?

The world we are in today is a busy place. As a result, time management has become a major issue. This lack of time often translates into unhealthy eating habits and leads to weight related issues.

After a while, an individual realizes that they have put on too much weight, sometimes it takes the intervention of a doctor for one to understand the risk they are exposing themselves to. Some people turn to diets like the Red Bull diet. However, does Red Bull help you lose weight?

The realization that one’s life could be in danger or at risk of lifestyle, disease throws most people into a panic, leading them to take rash decisions. These decisions often include fad diets among other weight loss programs.

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The Crazy Diet

With the Internet readily available to most people, finding these diets has become a lot easier. A while ago, a crazy diet became the subject on the internet following a heart attack incident. This diet is popularly referred to as the Red Bull diet.

The lady in question was a regular user of the energy drink, and after some time she realized it had the ability to suppress her appetite. As time went by, she added her daily intake and was reported to have been taking up to 14 cans a day. The effects were a suppressed appetite, leading her to survive on very little food, sometimes just a hand full of cereal.

There is a misconception regarding the use of Red Bull and weight loss. Red Bull, like any other energy drink, has lots of caffeine. This is the main ingredient that gives you the sudden burst of energy upon consumption.

Red Bull

However, caffeine for one is diuretic. It can effortlessly dehydrate your body, especially when taken in large amounts. Therefore, your body loses a lot of water, and this water loss translates into weight loss. The question is, is the weight loss permanent or just a temporary thing?

Some people have taken the argument further by recommending the sugar-free version of Red Bull. Indeed, sugar contributes a great deal to weight gain. Refined sugar like the one used in energy drinks is considered even worse.

These people, therefore, argue that omitting this sugar will translate to results, but the role of the energy drink is to give you a burst of energy. Energy means an intake of calories. Therefore, the other ingredients in the energy drink will still add to your caloric intake, and this is counterproductive.


 Caffeine & Metabolism

The caffeine contained in Red Bull also leads to an increase in the resting metabolism rate. Research shows that caffeine can give rise to a 4 % increase in the energy expenditure of the human body during rest for two hours. 60 % of our daily energy is consumed during rest. From a layman’s point of view, a 4 % increase to the 60 % for two hours seems like a big gain but to be honest, it is quite insignificant.

To make significant results, it would mean maintaining this elevated metabolic rate for a longer period. To do this, one would need to take at least a can of Red Bull every two hours.

The amount of caffeine intake would result in other side effects. Coffee drinkers are conversant with irritability, racing heart, lack of focus, and impulsive decision making, all as a result of excessive caffeine intake.

Caffeine is attributed to causing more health problems than gains. When taken in reasonable amounts, it can stimulate the body and bring some positive results. However, when taken in excessive amounts, there are more disadvantages than benefits.

Anxiety, muscle twitching, insomnia, headaches, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease are just but some of the complications associated with excessive caffeine intake. Red Bull is known to increase the heart rate by as much as 10 %. Normally, this is not a major issue but for hypertensive people, it could trigger high blood pressure.

Indeed, Red Bull does cause some minor weight loss, but this is only temporary. Excessive Red bull intake could result in some significant weight loss but coupled with a lot of health risks. The small weight loss is easily reversible by water intake, which begs the question; does Red Bull help you lose weight? Are the risks attached to the Red Bull diet worth the trouble?

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18 thoughts on “Does Red Bull Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Hello Chris
    wow , it’s first tome for me to read about red bull diet , seems not very efficient
    do you have a good review for the effect of coke and other soda beverages ? as these are the most things i begin to worry about
    also the exercise section is very useful with lots of good information

    1. Hi Karim,

      Well we haven’t really dedicated an article to Coke or related soft drinks yet as we thought everyone would be fully aware of how awful they are by now. Even the creators of Coke are desperately trying to reduce the sugar levels in their drink due to slumps in sales!

  2. I have been looking for ways to lose a few pounds which led me to your site. I honestly have not heard of the red bull diet before. I am very sensitive to caffeine (I don’t sleep well) so I do not think this diet would be for me.

    After reading your article I don’t think anyone would benefit from the red bull diet in order to lose weight. I am sure there might be some initial weight loss, but it wouldn’t be sustainable and the side effects seem to outweigh any benefits there might be.

    Thanks for the information!

    1. No Simone, this is not the type of diet we would stand behind on this site! The article is meant to highlight the fact that the Red Bull diet is a ridiculous idea ( to be avoided at all costs! ).

  3. This is a crazy article and something id never even considered. It makes somewhat sense but then you cant help thinking about other adverse effects of drinks like redbulls, or sodas of any kind for example. For one, too many can often send people to the bathroom because of the way it effects digestion. So its not all about weight loss.

  4. wow, i like the article for the 6 health benefits of carrot apple juice. Specially the fact that in the carrots you have a lot of potassium. I am a somebody who’s need potassium in my days because i train a lot. And when i see this benefits it’s a nice reminder for me.

    thanks for these stats

    have a nice day 🙂

  5. I can not imagine that this can be healthy at all! Where would you get some nutritious value? I know a lot of people and some of my friends that drink red bull and monster like it’s water. I agree there is only 1 sound way to lose weight, stay healthy and keep it off.

  6. Hi Chris,
    This is really an interesting article. Sometimes, I can’t believe how horrible we are to our bodies and our overall well-being.
    A friend of mine started getting heart palpitations after having a redbull a few times each day. That is when I realised just how dangerous it is to drink too many energy drinks.
    I do have a weakness for caffeine though and have made the decision that it about time to cut down on that as well…your article has just emphasized how much I need to do this. 🙂
    Thanks much.
    Vivia

  7. It would be really hard to believe if Red Bull actually helps you lose a considerable amount of weight. I was glad to see in your article that it was a very short term weight loss strategy but didn’t act as a long term solution to help you lose weight. Have you ever tried to lose weight with Red Bull?

  8. Hi

    I like this post as it outlines the dangers of some of these crazy diets rather than encouraging them.

    I had a friend who used to do a lemonade diet where she pretty much just drank lemonade and ate some crackers for weeks on end, she got very ill but still does it from time to time, people really need to stay away from these fads.

  9. Well I’m losing weight and gaining muscle mainly in bicep but generally all body muscles starts to show more, all began when I started working in fast pace while consuming red bull same as before but with less activity and physical pressure at work. In 7 hours daily I consume roughly 28oz give or take 4oz. I’m noticing belly dropping and muscle showing back up even though last time I worked out was more than couple of years ago. So even though it has sugar, comparing to coke or Pepsi, it only has few more calories but has much more boost ingredients such compared to lcarnitine and I believe that with appropriate physical activity redbull does help the weight loss whereas truck drivers drinking it behind the steering wheel in a cozy spring supported and cushioned seat, of course the term diet would not do anything but cause damage in cardiovascular area. I’m drinking regular redbull for 6 years and noticing that with increased activity, such as cardio which it provides for, you will beat the calories a can has in less than 20minutes. Some may work for it a whole hour, so much from my own experience.

    1. That’s cool Tom – it’s always pretty awesome to get other’s experiences up on these articles, regardless if they agree or not!
      How long have you been using RB in this manner and did you see success with it straight away?

      1. Actually Chris, I’ve been drinking it for years with no intentions regards any sort of diet, dietary supplement nor weight loss targeting. It came spontaneously as my workplace put much more load on me causing to move nearly twice as fast and thus putting more workload, consumption of red bull haven’t changed in all the years and been maintaining same body weight throughoutly however now, despite the fact I continue drinking red bull on regular basis and eating same junk foods with no diet in mind, I lose fat mainly in legs showing more muscular structure beneath, bicep area is getting larger in muscle, never had much fat there, and belly is getting flat, this leads me to believe that redbull does indeed support the growth of muscles sneakily while all is covered in fat that’s being washed off, of course were talking about drinking it while working physically, and putting more stress on the body, the fat cells won’t stick onto our body, from my observance, in a two month period the workload increases fat is actually fading in slow progress. Now, maybe the results would be the same even without drinking red bull, however, to say red bull won’t help lose weight in people, I dont agree and it’s supporting me in producing workload with ease. But, red bull diet? If that consists of doing nothing but drinking redbull that’s not even zero? All I can see it’s a great risks of random heart diseases, I myself had heart murmur in the past and assure anyone who’s moving around and drinking red bull long term, it won’t have negative impact on your metabolism. Just keep it balanced and use red bull as a dietary supplement when say, working, or working out. Otherwise don’t touch it as it may be damaging for sure.

        1. Sorry for the delay Tom – this comment somehow managed to get mixed up in our spam folder (technology today!).
          That really is interesting – especially the point you make about losing belly fat – getting flat. I can imagine a lot of my readers will by VERY interested by this turn up.

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