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Energy drinks and no food - January 29th 2014, 09:48 PM

Weeell. I don't eat breakfast or lunch, slip food to the dog etc etc. Anyway. Around the time of the mock exams, I drank a lot of energy drinks to stay alert. I've always been fond of monster, but 2 or 3 a week. I had about 2 a day monday to friday. It doesnt sound that bad. That was around the start of January. But I still need them to get through the day :/
Its really annoying because no matter how much I sleep I'm still desperately tired. Sit there on the bus before I've had any and sometimes I'm fighting to stay awake. Just so I can just do the school work I'll have one of those really cheap energy drinks before school, another between periods 2 and 3, a monster at lunch and one or two during any frees I have. And I genuinely need it. E.g. Sitting in a physics lesson the other day first thing without any I read the same paragraph 6 or 7 times and I couldn't tell you what it was about.


I can't just stop drinking them: its a week of school I can't afford to lose. Because I'm tired and have no energy. And tbph, I know how stupid it sounds, but eating in school in front of other people is more or less unthinkable, so no energy source, and likei said: doesn't matter how much I sleep, I'll still be tired. And that's not due to the energy drinks - its been like that long before I started drinking them so much.

Anyway, after you poor people have had to read about me feeling sorry for myself , I have a question. Are energy drinks like alcohol - on an empty stomach they are more effective?
   
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Re: Energy drinks and no food - January 30th 2014, 02:13 AM

No. They're not. Energy drinks are loaded with sugar. It gives you a short burst of energy and then you crash, this is especially true when it is all that you are consuming and all you're going is providing your body with empty calories. I personally call it "poison", but I won't spread my slightly unhealthy terminology beyond that. What you're body really needs is nutrients. I used to do similar to you: I'd skip meals, I'd drink energy drinks, but only I tossed in binging too.

You'd be better off focusing on eating right. I felt so much better when I started eating more fruit/veggies, more eggs and meat (I mostly have fish/chicken but you can pick) and some dairy, drink tons of water and stuff like that. Trust me, I felt so much better when I did that because it allowed my body to function better.

Also, the sugar in energy drinks is the big thing. It makes you jittery, you crash etc. If you need a bit of energy you should switch to coffee. It might feel like energy drinks gives you the better "high" at first, but it's the sugar, there is no real extra value to it beyond that. Coffee and tea gives a healthier dose of energy that on't harm you. And speaking as a university student it should be about all you need.

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Re: Energy drinks and no food - January 30th 2014, 04:26 AM

I agree with the above poster...In my situation...it just might kill me...


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