A 23-year-old mother who lost weight significantly in eight months by drinking nothing but Red Bull has been left with serious health problems. Without any intention of doing a documentary against Red Bull (in case you're wondering if she's the new Morgan Spurlock of Supersize Me), Brooke Robertson from Auckland, New Zealand, saw her body shrunk as her weight plummet from 101 kg to 57 kg, all thanks to a diet of 1 to 14 cans of Red Bull a day – teamed with the occasional handful of dry cereal.
The mother-of-one had been concerned about the weight she put on during her pregnancy with her son, Keir, now four.
She told the Herald on Sunday: ‘I just started drinking it. I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating – I was exhausted. I just continued to drink it because it’s an appetite suppressant and I noticed I was losing weight so I stuck to it.’
For eight months Ms Robertson, who says she ‘shook constantly’, kept her addiction a secret from her family and friends – until she was hospitalised for a minor heart attack.
It was during her two-week stay in hospital that she finally managed to wean herself off the energy drink.
She said: ‘I had severe withdrawals – sweating, nausea, shaking. It was an addiction. The doctors stated that.’
But a Red Bull spokesman denied the drink was addictive and said there was ‘scientific evidence that caffeine is not addictive’.
He said it was available in 148 countries ‘because health authorities across the world have concluded that Red Bull is safe to consume’.
Following her stay in hospital, Ms Robertson now stays slim through a combination of exercise and a Weight Watchers diet.
But she still suffers the effects of her extreme diet – including severe pain and cramping in her stomach and bowel.
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