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Published June 20, 2012, 11:30 PM

Thursday Review: Energy drinks provide a pre-workout boost

FARGO – I wish drinking Celsius made me look like Sofia Vergara. A few cans of the gingery beverage and I’d magically transform into a leggy Colombian goddess.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

FARGO – I wish drinking Celsius made me look like Sofia Vergara.

A few cans of the gingery beverage and I’d magically transform into a leggy Colombian goddess.

The “Modern Family” super-babe was recently spotted sipping “the world’s first and only negative-calorie drink,” which promises to boost metabolism, reduce body fat, increase endurance and provide lasting energy.

The low-sodium Celsius contains no sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup, no aspartame, and no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

If you drink it before a workout (which I did – twice), you’re supposed to burn up to 100 calories due to its “thermogenic effect,” or the amount of energy required to digest, absorb, transport and store food.

Since I don’t have a Bodybugg or other wearable calorie-tracking device, I don’t know for sure whether Celsius gave me an additional calorie burn.

On night one, I drank the Sparkling Wild Berry (the best of the three flavors I tried) before doing an hourlong cardio workout.

On night two, I drank the Sparkling Orange before an hourlong half-cardio, half-strength-training workout.

I’d like to think the fizzy liquid gave me a boost because I felt good both nights even though I’d taken the previous week off from the gym.

Celsius, powered by “MetaPlus,” a blend of supposed calorie-burning ingredients such as green tea, ginger and guarana, made me feel strong and energized.

… Or was it because I was happy to be back in the gym? Or was it the placebo effect?

On Monday morning, I sipped a little of the non-carbonated Green Tea Raspberry Acai in place of my half-pot of dark roast, though Celsius contains 200 mg of caffeine, similar to drinking two 8-ounce cups of coffee.

(For best results, you’re supposed to drink Celsius 15 minutes before moderate exercise, but I wanted to try three of the seven flavors available.)

The Green Tea Raspberry Acai was my least favorite. The can remained on my desk three-fourths full. These drinks definitely benefit from carbonation.

The 10-calorie drinks, which have been featured on NBC’s “Today” show and Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” go down easier when they’re ice cold and you drink them quickly.

Bottom line: I’d drink Celsius again (the Wild Berry flavor, anyway), even if it doesn’t affect my calorie burn or make me look like Sofia Vergara.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590

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