Energy drinks are hot stuff for students, graveyard shift security, and corporate zombies. Not so much for bros who get their fix from powders and capsules.
Bros like us think energy drinks are overrated and too sugary for everyone’s health. Celsius seeks to capitalize on that void by combining the best of both worlds.
Part energy drink, part fat burner, Celsius seems to have found itself right smack in the middle of an interesting brand category. The question is, will it be enough to make us buy it and replace our favorite powders and capsules? Let’s find out.
Celsius prides itself as one popular fat-burner drink. A roster of stars and endorsements as well as really attractive packaging and promises definitely makes you want to go out and buy yourself a whole box. It claims to be a source of healthy energy, burns body fat, and vitamin enriched plus specifically highlights “TASTES GREAT” which is probably the most important promise of all. Formula Notes:
- Lots of flavors: Not just ordinary flavors, they also have Acai, Wild Berry, and Mango.
- No sugar: Most energy drinks have fructose corn syrup or some other sugar form but Celsius seems to know how to market itself to health conscious customers.
- Studies: Having your own studies means a lot in a world full of half-baked claims and empty promises…sometimes.
Celsius Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 12 fl. oz|
Servings Per Container: 1
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)||60 mg (100% DV)|
|Riboflavin||1.7 mg (100% DV)|
|Niacin (as niacinamide)||20 mg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)||2 mg (100% DV)|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||6 mcg (100% DV)|
|Biotin||300 mcg (100% DV)|
|Pantothenic Acid (as calcium-d-pantothenate)||10 mg (100% DV)|
|Calcium (as calcium carbonate)||50 mg (5% DV)|
|Chromium (chelate)||50 mcg (41% DV)|
|Sodium||10 mg (<1% DV)|
|MetaPlus Proprietary Blend||1,810 mg|
|Guarana Extract (seed)|
|Green Tea Leaf Extract (leaf) standardized to 10% EGCG|
|Caffeine (as caffeine anhydrous)|
|Ginger Extract (root)|
|Other Ingredients: Premium Brewed Green Tea Using Filtered Water, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Fruit Juice for Color, Sucralose. Contains: 200 mg total caffeine per serving.|
|Directions for use: Drink one serving (1 can) 15 minutes prior to moderate exercise. Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime.|
A Hollywood-trendy weight loss drink, Celsius is a good mix of fat-burners that centers on caffeine.
As far as energy drinks are concerned, Celsius is still largely part of this brand category mostly due to Caffeine. Yes, it’s hard to deviate from the benefits of caffeine particularly on how cheap it is as an ingredient.
Let’s break down the ingredients in Celsius.
- Vitamins and Minerals Complex: Celsius is a pretty handy source of a few really nice vitamins with each one getting 100% DV. Aside from just being good for the body, B-Vitamins are also known to improve metabolism and energy production. Sodium is at a minimal dose, most probably for electrolyte purposes.
- Taurine. A staple ingredient in common energy drinks, Taurine is an amino acid capable boosting muscle hydration and performance.
- Guarana: Guarana extract is an alternative source of caffeine known to have a milder release. Milder/slower release means reduced risk of caffeine-caused side effects. Celsius specifically mentions their extracts have more caffeine as they extract them from seeds.
- Green Tea Extract. One of the best fat burners in the world, Celsius made sure they standardized it but if we’re going to be honest, and we’re always honest, 10% is too small. The best fat burners often have it standardized at 40-50% and make it five times more potent for the same dose than what Celsius has here.
- Caffeine. Good old caffeine. Effective for energy, fat burning, even for appetite suppression. It’s also amazingly cheap and works in synergy with Taurine and Glucuronolacone, ingredients Celsius has. Together they’ve been shown to boost mental performance and mood. Celsius declares 200 mg of caffeine per serving but with Guarana tagging along (with more dosage at that) we’re pretty sure 200 mg is understated.
- Glucuronolactone. Glucuronolactone, as mentioned earlier, goes well with Taurine and Caffeine. It’s not usually added as a standalone but it’s been reported to help delay the onset of fatigue in lab rats by preventing the exact sequence of chemical changes that lead to fatigue.
- Ginger. This zesty spice has Zingerone, an active compound that seems to show promise in promoting thermogenesis by spiking norepinephrine. This hormone triggers lipolysis aka the “burning of fat for energy” process.
Celsius wants to be a hybrid of two highly marketable worlds: Energy Drinks and Fat Burning Supplements. It seeks to prove to be more than just another Red Bull in a sense that it also promotes weight loss aside from giving you mind-numbing energy with each sip.
It starts out good with a standard selection of vitamins and minerals which we really can’t dispute in terms of bodily use. The forms, they could’ve done so much better but vitamins aren’t the major players here so we’ll give them a pass on this one.
Taurine, Caffeine, and Glucuronactone are ingredients that do well on their own but excel so much more when together. Taurine provides adequate muscle support, Caffeine supplies the energy, and Glucuronactone delays fatigue. This stack is the reason why energy drinks like Red Bull have gained notorious popularity across all ages.
We assume Guarana to be more than 250 mg or so. If 1000 mg of Guarana seeds equates to roughly 50 mg, then we can at least assume Celsius to have an additional 12.5 mg of caffeine on top of the 200 mg it provides. Green Tea Extract is standardized but it’s too weak to be of significant value. The only consolation is the fact that it’s standardized at the very least. Ginger extract is good and all but it’s not standardized and we also have no idea if the dosing is enough to call this a functioning ingredient but if we consider the prop blend weight then maybe it’s enough.
Based on what we have, we can definitely say Celsius is a smartly formulated energy drink but probably only half as good as a fat-burner. The fact that it’s a drink makes it an ideal medium for absorption but it also limits the ingredients you can add as you’ll most likely taste the fat burners. Supplement ingredients don’t exactly taste like rainbows, bro.
Expect to experience a good surge of energy, reduced fatigue, and a mild amount of fat burning activity. You’ll also feel better due to the mood-boosting effect of its Taurine, Caffeine, and Glucuronolactone stack.
Who Takes It?
It’s definitely for energy drink enthusiasts who also want to lose weight and we’re pretty sure the demographic is large…especially given the celebrity-driven pop-culture buzz surrounding Celsius. Lifters might find this drink a bit weak or not potent enough especially if they’re used to taking conventional fat burners but it’s a pretty good temporary fix if their stack runs out. This is really more an entry-level, mass-market fat burner that peeps pick up on a whim at the drugstore.
Any Side Effects?
We’re seeing a good amount of caffeine here bro so expect the usual suspects: Jitters, headaches, and crashes. They claim it to be jitter-free for up to five hours but this is subjective. Celsius can boost your mood and will also make you feel down and sleepy once the effect is gone. Stacking it up with a good nootropic formula that includes L-Theanine will help to minimize any jitters, especially if you’re drinking more than 1 can of Celsius per day.
- Focused. One can of energy and fat burning please!
- B-Complex. The right amounts for basic metabolic function.
- Liquefied. Fast release & absorption… tasty & refreshing, too.
- Potent energy stack. Can’t go wrong with the basics.
- Plenty of flavors. There’s one flavor for your out there.
- Clinically backed. Gotta hand it to companies that invest on research.
- Prop Blend. We had to guesstimate the dosages, boooo.
- Mild fat burning. Not as good as the energy it gives.
- Not cheap. 24 cans/servings for $45 is pretty high end.
- It’s girly. There, we said it. A con if you’re a bro.
Pricing & Buying Info
- 1 pack (24 bottles): $45.37
- 4 bottles: $7.49 ($1.88 per)
- Available online and in retail stores
Final Word on Celsius
Celsius is a solid fat-burner/energy-drink hybrid. No doubt, if you’re looking for a Red Bull or MONSTER that can also help burn a little fat, then Celsius is a good bet. It won’t replace any of today’s best industrial-strength fat burners any time soon but if you ain’t got nothing else then Celsius should make for a quick fix. But don’t let your Bros see you drinking this fruity business; you might lose your man-card.