Can "Energy Drinks" Actually Improve Your Strength, Endurance, and Energy Levels... Or is it All in Your Mind?

Plus an important lesson on how to help your mind control your exercise and diet results...

By Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Author of Best-Sellers: The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging

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The mind can do wonders as witnessed by the placebo effect.

This is yet another example of the power of the placebo effect, and probably the only reason anybody gets any results whatsoever from certain hyped up supplements (I am talking more about bogus "miracle" diet pills supplements rather than legitimate whole food, fish oil, or herbal supplements). 

I recently read about an interesting study regarding energy drinks and whether they actually give any results (sorry, I do not have the exact citation or the exact numbers handy right now), but here was the general details of the study...

The researchers split the group into 2 large groups of people. The first group they gave one of these typical "energy drinks" that you see everywhere, which I have mentioned before are a complete waste

Now here is the important part... the researchers specifically told this first group of people that the energy drink they were receiving would increase their strength and endurance levels and increase their energy output. 

The second group received the exact same "energy drink" but was NOT told what the drink was, so nothing was said about it improving anything. For all these people knew, they were just being given a drink because they were thirsty. They were not told that this drink was an "energy drink." 

The very interesting results: 

The 1st group, which was told that the energy drink would improve their strength and endurance, actually DID increase their strength outputs and endurance tests. 

However, the 2nd group, which received the EXACT SAME "energy drink" was NOT TOLD that it would help anything, and therefore, they showed no measurable signs of improvement on any of the tests!

Wow... yet another powerful example of how it is ALL IN YOUR MIND! 

Energy drinks do not really help with anything, but if you strongly believe in your mind that something you are doing will improve your results, it really CAN help your results. This is the placebo effect at its best! 

One way that this phenomenon can be applied to your nutrition and workouts: 

1. When you are performing certain exercises, you need to really strongly BELIEVE IN YOUR MIND that those exercises are transforming your body... in return, that strong belief will improve your results in the gym MUCH more than just mindlessly going through the exercises. 

2. When you are eating healthy food, you need to really strongly believe and think about how much that food is making you leaner, stronger, and giving you more energy. If you believe how much that food is helping you, it WILL help you much more than if you did not think positively about what you were eating. 

This is very powerful stuff! Your brain really CAN control your fitness results or lack of results. 

If you want to see even MORE powerful stuff about how the brain can help your fitness, see this. 

As if that is not enough, if you want MORE evidence of how powerful your brain is, read this article about how hotel maids were "tricked" into burning more fat. Super interesting stuff! 

› Energy Drink & Mind Power
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