Monster Energy Addiction

Hello. My name is Hank. And I am an addict.

Hello Hank…

You may remember a while back when I posted a video confession about how addicted to Monster energy drinks I am.  It was more of a video talking about how caffeine seemed to affect me differently now that I have lost a good bit of weight.  I told you about how I had gone from drinking a couple of those things a week, to one a day, to two a day. And some days I will have as many as three (or four). But at no time in the video did I ever talk about quitting the habit or even slowing it down.

Something struck me this week.

I am beyond addicted to the blue can Lo-carb Monster energy drinks. I get headaches if I dont drink at least two a day. I feel antsy if it takes me too long to get my hands on one.  I spend somewhere around $5 a day (sometimes more) on that canned jet fuel. I get mad if I can’t get one.

They say you are what you eat and in this case what I drink (Monster) is making me what I drink (a monster.)

And here is something else that made me open up and say ah.

Around the same time that I started drinking two a day on a regular basis is about the same time that I started hitting a weight plateau. Are they related? I am thinking that yes, they might be.

I really have not lost any weight for several months now. I have been sort of floating up and down, hovering around 250 lbs, like a beautiful, obese hummingbird. Yet I have been eating well and exercising like a champ.

What gives?

Could it be the incredible amount of chemicals and fake sugar that I have been pumping into my body for the past 8 or 9 months? I know that artificial sweeteners do some weird things to your body. Is one of those things something that makes you NOT lose weight, or even gain it. This would be a great time if you have some hard knowledge about this topic (no amateur non-sense please) to leave a comment about the effects of artificial sweeteners on your insulin and whatnot.

Well I have come to a decision that even if the two are not related, it is high time that I get off the juice. Call me maybe crazy but I am thinking that there are a couple of other minor health issues that I am experiencing that might be caused by this sh*t too.  Urgh. I hate my addictive personality (the part where I am too easily addicted to things…not the part where my dashing charm and swoon-worthy appeal draw YOU to be addicted to ME…I love that part.)

So here is where I need your help. I am physically and psychologically addicted to this pop-top evil in a tin and I need some encouragement to get me off of it. I am sitting here writing this, having only had one today, and it is driving me crazy. I feel that this might be as tough as getting off cigs or heroin or Jersey Shore. Let me know how you have kicked habits in the past. What do you feel like is impeding your progress in life? Let’s encourage and support each other to keep tearing down these walls that are holding us back from reaching our goals!

Plus if I can kick this habit, I will be saving somewhere between $35 and $45 a week!

Help me crush this habit and let’s all see if the weight starts to come off again.

Whattya say?

 

43 comments to Monster Energy Addiction

  • Deb
    Twitter: debslosingit

    Get rid of them quick Hank! I don’t drink soda because there is absolutely nothing good for you in it (and it gives me terrible heartburn that lasts the entire day), which I gave up after drinking at least a 6 pack a day 7 years ago.

    Energy drinks are even worse. I wouldn’t drink one if you paid me to.

    I’ve found getting some exercise gives me energy. Get up and take a quick walk or do some long, slow stretches. Do a few sets of some weights. But ditch the energy drinks!

  • Cory

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/22810-dangers-aspartame/

    I was looking for an article from my girl, Jillian Michaels (you may recall this gem https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1430710361251&set=t.7812520&type=3&theater) but I also saw something about this on Dr. Oz. Basically it says that artificial sugars f you up and your body can’t recognize them. In reality, in moderation, sugar is better than all of that. yay. I think you are on to something, sir.

  • Wee Wifey

    Pick something more valuable to put that $35-$45 a week in. A college fund for the boy king. A charity. My pocket book!
    ;)

  • Coach 'Full of Hard Knowledge' Greg
    Twitter: Gregontherun

    Here’s some info from a study that shows that there is an insulin response from some artificial sweeteners.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18556090
    Short version: In conclusion, the current data suggest that the sweeteners sucrose and saccharin activate an insulin response.

    What does that mean?
    The Monster is causing your body to dump insulin into your bloodstream when the insulin is not needed. Now, you crash as your blood sugar dives down. So, you feel like crap and have no energy, so what do you do? Throw down some caffeine in the form of an energy drink. And the cycle begins again.

    Screw around with your body chemistry that much and all bets are off. In the rat study, the rats using artificial sweeteners ate more calories, gained weight, and put on more body fat. The rats said you can only combat that by strictly counting calories.

    The other part is that by continuing to use artificial sweeteners, you are continuing to train yourself to crave sweet tasting foods.

  • Paula

    Hey Hank! Good luck with this. I found this article in a trainer’s blog I really like. Hope it helps! http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2010/03/what-is-your-biggest-nutrition-or-fitness-problem/

  • Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail)
    Twitter: DarwinianFail

    I think you might be on to something. Definitely ditch the Monster! (Or at least cut back?)

  • DAD

    I have found it is easier to quit drinking energy drinks if you start smoking. Plus, smoking makes you look older, so it is super healthy and cool. Let me know how it works for you.

  • John O'Hearn

    I had some trouble with these delicious treats as well. I found that once I was on them I didn’t have any energy without them. After a lot of love(nagging) from my wife I started substituting them with iced coffee, which has much less caffeine. The iced coffee was much easier to cut down on than the monsters. I am now down to one cup in the morning. I do, however, use a pre-workout called C4 when I exercise. It doesn’t have a ton of caffeine but it does have all the b vitamins and such that monsters do.

  • Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog.
    Twitter: eatteachblog

    I feel the same way with Diet Coke. I know it’s halting my weight loss, but I can’t seem to shake the habit. :-/

  • Cat @ Breakfast to Bed
    Twitter: CatTBowen

    are you wanting more kids? the Taurine in it is good for morphology and motility. Did I sufficiently scare you away?

  • Brittany
    Twitter: BrittATerry

    OMG I cannot begin to tell you how perfect of a time this was. A few weeks ago, I drank my first Monster. Now, EVERYDAY, I have to have one. It’s NUTS. I can totally see where you are coming from. It’s addicting. I usually have it before a workout, so that’s basically my excuse, to “put some energy into me.” I’ve been trying healthier energy alternatives but I still just want my Monster. I’m going to try to get myself off of it but it’s not going to be easy! I’m with you on this one. We’re in this together! And by the way, totally LOL’d at the “Call Me Maybe” reference. ;)

    • hank

      :) Glad you caught it.
      Yeah let’s ditch these chemical highs and find some natural alternatives!

    • Sylvie Haller

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      • amanda

        Going through the same thing now. I have anywhere from 1-4 energy drinks in a day. It started as a boost to my crazy super mom schedule and life. Now its like I can’t live without then. I wake up and start my day with one, if in out I’m a disaster till I get one. Can hardly function at all now. Its all I think about, its like a fix I have to find.

  • Diane
    Twitter: Shekure

    Hank, you can do this! Quitting caffeine is so hard, but it is SO worth it. I love your blog and it’s so inspiring. Just do it!

  • Coach Greg
    Twitter: Gregontherun

    SODIUM!
    I took a look at the Monster drinks in the store. There are 180 mg of sodium in one serving of a Monster energy drink (that’s all varieties that I saw). Each can contains 2 servings and you were drinking 4 of them a day. That’s 1440 mg of sodium just from the drinks. Add in what you are consuming in your diet and you’ve got way too much sodium. (Recommendation is 2300 mg/day and 1500 if you have high blood pressure or are diabetic or black.)

    Don’t tell me about how much you sweat while working out and that you need it.

    With all that sodium, your body needs more water to stay in balance and to expel the excess sodium.

    So -ditch the Monster and I’ll bet you drop a few pounds of water weight as your body chemistry comes back into balance.

    Hope this helps.

  • Holly
    Twitter: hollliipop

    I had this AWFUL diet coke addiction. Basically, very similiar to your description of your monster drink addiction. Diet coke literally would dictate my day. A good day = lots of diet coke. A bad day = diet coke no where to be found. I finally decided to kick it and it has been the best thing I have ever done. The first month was really bad, I’m talking i had dreams that someone handed me a diet coke and when I took a sip I instantly felt revived and refreshed. I would wake up immediately wanting one! The headaches lasted for about a week and then slowly dwindled. I supplemented with seltzer water and natural flavored water. After giving up diet coke, I realized that I have a really bad sugar addiction and diet coke was just adding fuel to the fire. Now, I am more conscious of my diet and how much sugar (both artificial and real sugar) I am consuming. It’s true that artificial sweetners illicit an insulin response and your body will actually crave more sugary products to replenish its glucose storage. It’s going to be hard (but so is losing weight, so you’re no stranger to difficult endeavors) but it’s just another hurdle along your quest! You can do it!

  • Ann

    Hello Hank. I see that you posted this over a week ago, how is the addiction fight going? I am 27 and have been a hard core Blue Monster Addict for about 6 years now. I drink 4 on my good days. Other days…well…eek. I have the same side effects you do, along with others. Monster actually no longer energizes me. It just keeps me at a natural human level. Without it am a grumpy zombie. I could list all my other health issues and side effects to help with the scare tactics but my post would end up way too long. I would actually love to be Facebook friends with you, support buddies might help us both. Hope to hear from you : )

    • hank

      Hey Ann. I have had no more than one per day in two weeks and there were at least two days that I did not have one at all. It is really tough for sure.

  • Becky

    I have once again found myself a slave to the green monster… i say once again because I’ve “quit” twice before for a few months each time and now im back to 3-4cans daily ! Stopping was relatively easy go cold turkey! i picked up some caffeine pills to ease the massive headaches induced by fore-going my fav lil green friend and replaced it with regular pop… not my smartest idea cause my addiction was easily transferable lol. My point is that the battle isn’t won just by kicking the habbit, you have to make sure your not replacing it with something just as bad and avoid that tempting M permanently

  • Elaine

    Thanks for this!!!

    Well, I am suffering from the same thing only difference monster helped me lose weight until i started drinking 2 a day. So asof tomorrow I am bringing back down my intake by drinking one a day.

    Best is to slowly ween off it. Quit to quickly and you’ll suffer from more headaches. So if you are on 3 go back down to 2 the one, then one every second day. Until you drink it once in a while and then never. Just take it slow.

    I read about someone who was killed by the high levels of caffeine in 2 cans. It is sugested that you drink only 250mg of caffeine every day. So that is one can of monster lo carb.

    Kind regards,
    Elaine

  • Lynn

    Hi guys,
    Ok so I am suffering the same fate…
    I am a monster addict. Today I am one day clean, however I can go a few days without the urge to induldge now.
    Last week I spent a week without Monster Low Carb.

    I am also Bipolar and Monster had my emotions out of whack. Not only did that happen, I have been sick for weeks, eat something wrong and I feel sick. This my doctor said is due to the high levels of chemicals which shouldnt be in my system to start with.
    I am no expert but I did speak to my doctor. She said monster is like poison. At first the caffeine takes away your need for too much food, and then you start craving more monster which is creates energy, too much energy. What happens to energy that is not used? it is stored. I have hit a plateau but luckily I am a dancer so I havent lost weight in a while but i have built a lot of muscle. Stay away from energy drinks. They kill you slowly and make you fat in the process.

    Hank I feel your pain!

  • Virginia

    I realize this post is a little old, but I wanted to post my experience. I’ve lost 90 pounds over the last two years, thanks to blue Monster energy drinks. They completely eliminated my desire for food. The problem is that I also developed Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, which is a pretty serious heart condition, and even lost my position in the fire department/EMT because of it. I continued to drink a couple a day, convincing myself it probably wasn’t related. I “quit” lots of times before, but I’m finally off for good.. Two months clean. It took a hike after drinking two, and nearly dying though. When I want to slide back, I remember the promise I made to my kids not to. BUT and this is a HUGE but, I’ve gained about 15 pounds in that time. I suddenly have an appetite and it’s like my body is trying to catch up. The point is, I agree with you about the connection, and it’s a major bummer. I guess I better learn to love exercise, eh!? :)

  • jb

    I no this is an old post. but i to am addidicted to energy drinks. i drink 3 maybe 4 aday and have been feeling rather unwell latley. As the dr told me this is down to the drinks i to have decided to kick the habbit. But after reading the comments above i no longer feel like i am the only person living off the stuff….so wish me luck…ready steady….cold turkey

  • Elle

    Thanks for sharing your experiences everyone. I have been worried about my husbands Red Monster consumption for more than five years. He drinks two per day, every day. At first I noticed his teeth turning for the worst, and he was in his late twenties! Then I realized that although he has never been overweight, he was actually looking thinner than ever. He suffers from dark circles around the eyes and crazy mood swings too. I can’t even mention my concern for him without him becoming irate like a junkie! Last year I confided in his mom, but she laughed it off. Is there any constructive way for me to get through to him? I’m even concerned that it has damaged our marriage : (

    • hank

      Unfortunately Elle, I do not know how to tell someone who doesn’t WANT to be told that they have an issue. Maybe you can subtly point him to the research that is being done and how there is evidence that those drinks have actually been linked to heart problems as well as other issues…

  • chassity

    Hi hank I started drinking green monsters and switched to blue monsters I haven’t been on them long maybe a month or so I don’t think that I’m addicted to them I only drink 1 a day started at 2 a day maybe I should drink the five that’s in my ice.box then kick it too and on top of that I’m also addicted to diet coke but I stopped drinking it before this shouldn’t be to hard for me

  • Matt

    I also am extremely addicted to the blue Lo-Carb Monster Energy drinks. I wanna stop drinking them, but don’t know how. Any advice or helpful tips/hints are greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • Jackie

    Hi Hank,

    This blog has helped me a ton. I’m a one a day Monster girl but this has inspired me to quit. Thanks!

  • bryton

    i feel your pain man im 14 and drink them damn things like water still i know its bad but ive cut back MAJORILY because you know i drink three or four a week i buy them cuz i work but me and my friend were going to the pool and well…he tried pushing me in and i drink a monster about 10 min before we went soo i ran away from about 5 yards and i literally thought i was gonna dir i could not catch my breath i sounded like a old smoker and my friend is like what the hell!!! im goin to call your mom soo ever since i have been cutting back its scary i shouldnt be drinking them but i have spent 100s of dollars on them too by the cases cuz its cheaper! but just be carefull man!!!! idk i mean just not as many

  • mandy

    Hey fellow monster peeps.
    Back in January, I had started drinking a monster here and there -always the “lo-carb” or “zero” (blue, white, pink) ones. I used that as my defense when my family would tell me I was gonna end up dying from ‘em. About 3 months ago, I built up to drinking 2, sometimes 3, a day and have since gained 9lbs. I’m 32yrs old and just 6mos ago, I was at my lowest weight since middle school. Now, I’m growing back into my fat-pants, again, and I still work out 5-7x a week! I can’t even say they give me energy anymore, and I have a feeling they are counter-acting with my Adderall, which is prescribed to keep me awake! I also get migraines and they have been more sever and happening more often. The last two ended up with me in the ER and hooked up to IV’s. If that’s not enough, I’m also setting up an appointment for a root canal this week. This coming from someone that has a toothbrush/paste and floss with her at all times! I brush 3-4x a day! Needless to say, after finding this blog & confirming my beliefs…
    TODAY, is my first day not having a monster…yet! I wish I had seen this sooner! Thank you so much, Hank, for putting this out here!

  • Danny

    In response to the headaches… I believe the blue can causes the migraines due to Aspartame, and I have real-world, indisputable proof.

    If I consume aspartame, whether it is in a packet of blue or pink sugar alternative powder or in diet soda or a blue monster, I get migraines that feel like my head is shrinking and growing, even something crawling on my brain. Ouch!

    It happens 100% of the time. I can give myself a migraine on demand by consuming Aspartame.

    My sister has the same sensitivity to Aspartame. She has suffered from Migraines for years now, consuming countless diet soda’s (out of the belief that they are better for losing weight than regular soda). She can’t stop, and neither can the migraines.

    Atleast switch to the green can and see if that cures the migraines. Then try weening yourself off of monsters. I would replace it with a lesser evil first, like coffee, then ween yourself down from it to black tea, then green tea.

  • Danny

    I want to share a tactic for scaring yourself off of toxic shit.

    Get a notebook, then label the page with the product you wan’t to get off of. Then write down the entire ingredient list (via pen or pencil, not copy & paste!!!)

    Then go to wikipedia, lookup every single ingredient and write the side effects and purpose of each.

    I never eat trail mix anymore, because every time I look at it, all I can think about is titanium dioxide.

    It’s hard to eat protein bars, since they are pretty much all Corn Syrup.

  • Jessica R

    Wow. I thought I was looking into a mirror for a second. I tried Monster and before I knew it I was drinking 3-4 a day (blue lo carb) and buying giant packs from a bulk item store. If I didn’t have any my body would shut down… It took me twice to figure out it was from the monster. I would be overwhelmed with fatigue that I could not even lift my head off the couch! Terrible headaches. The only benefit was that I lost 20 lbs while drinking them. I got off the monster kick. It’s obvious that its not good…. It took 24-48 hrs to shake off the desire. Every now and then I get one and end up throwing it away bc it takes horrible. I wish I could say I found a more effective way to re lose the weight… But salads and running just aren’t cutting it…. Yet. Lol

  • Laura

    Hi Hank,
    I know I’m late to the party, but you may be my long lost brother. It started when a bartender introduced me to Monster/Vodka. It was my go-to drink at the club for years, then I started buying it in the store to mix at home. Then just to drink straight. At one point I had a Sam’s Club membership just for the bulk Monster discount. It was one a day for years, sometimes two.. then two a day…
    I went to England for a semester in college & it was so expensive I quit, but as soon as I was back in the states I started right back up again. I quit a couple times, for a couple months, then started up again, even worse. Summer/fall of 2013 I was averaging 2-3 a day. Expensive, but I finally really got educated about the dangers of artificial sweeteners! I quit about 6 weeks ago and, though I usually pick up one a week, I feel like I’m doing good… I still have coffee, but am looking to cut down on that caffeine intake as my body gets used to the absence of Monster.
    Now, it actually feels good when I buy one, take a drink & the heavens do not reveal themselves… it’s so sweet, and the smell actually gets to me at times. I’m hoping as I cut it out completely it’ll become like cigarettes, where I can’t even imagine starting one anymore. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Katherine

    hi, I too am addicted to low carb monster blue can energy drinks, this is my second day of not drinking one & I am going tru terrible withdrawals. I would drink about 4 to 6 cans a day for about 2 years now, being 62 years old its time get off them. I feel really horrible right now but I am determined not to drink anymore. I’m on a fixed income and the cost of those drinks are really draining me. I would tell anyone “don’t get started on them”. I don’t know what they put in those drinks to make you so addicted. Good luck hope you can kick it

  • Cassie

    The exact same thing happened to me! My dad and I were so addicted. Now I limit myself to one, once in awhile. The headaches are the worst. Especially when you crash. They made me feel great at the time until I noticed some major differences before I had drank them. Im trying to get back on the right track. When I get headaches I take aspirin and lay down for a bit or drink lemon with water. P.S Soda tastes disgusting but Monster doesn’t. I wish you luck!

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