Thursday, May 28, 2009

Red Bull Energy Drink Diet = Heart Attack

As posted on "That's Fit".... YIKES!

Posted: May 27th 2009 3:00PM by Maggie Vink
Filed under: Diet and Weight Loss

can of Red BullRed Bull diet? Bull-oney.

Brooke Robertson, 23, from New Zealand, went about shedding pregnancy pounds in an unusual manner. Robertson felt that Red Bull energy drinks suppressed her appetite, so she started drinking 10 to 14 cans each day. For food, Robertson had an occasional handful of dry cereal.

The result? Robertson lost 98 pounds in eight months. And then she survived a heart attack.

This is a diet plan you can file in the severely bad idea category.

Clearly, going overboard on a highly caffeinated drink is a bad move. But trying to lose weight through severe restriction of any form isn't wise.

Take the original Beverly Hills Diet as an example. The diet plan, circa 1981, recommended eating only fruit for the first 10 days. After that, other foods were slowly added. Not only was the diet based on shaky, inaccurate or non-existent science, many weight loss experts felt the plan was potentially harmful.

When you deprive your body of the nutrients and energy it needs, you likely will lose weight. But you may be harming your body much more than you are doing it a favor. And once you loosen the reins on your stringent plan, your body will gain weight back.

For weight loss to really stick, you need to follow a plan that can last for a lifetime. Eating healthfully by selecting a variety of nutrient-dense foods (such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein), keeping your total calories in an appropriate range and exercising regularly are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle -- and a healthy weight.

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