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3/8/07-East Texas

East Texans Chime In On New Calorie-Burning Drink

It sounds to good to be true: burning calories by drinking soda. But that's exactly what Coca-Cola is claiming with their latest product. Enviga hit stores across Texas last month. While the makers claim the energy drink boosts your metabolism, East Texas dieticians say it's not necessarily a quick fix to drop those extra pounds.  

We've all heard "diet and exercise are the only way lose weight" but what if there was a magic pill or perhaps a drink that could burn calories?   

"Very skeptical...there's no magic pills," says Carolyn Mitchell.

"I wouldn't know how...but we're always looking to cut the corner," says Jason Little.

Walking ten to 15 minutes on a treadmill you can burn about a hundred calories but three cans of Enviga claim it can do the same thing.

"I think it would work." We gave a can to Jason Little.  He works out at Elite Gym in Longview six days a week.

"It's real good," he says. "If it's going to give me the energy that I need, I'm going to definitely drink it before my workout."

But not everyone is sold. Carolyn Mitchell has been a personal trainer for more than 30 years.  

"The only way you can lose weight is burn more calories than you consume by the foods you eat. This is saying you can consume and burn calories, it's not a quick fix, you can't do it like that," she explains,

A Registered Dietician Stacy Lennon with the Longview Wellness Center agrees. 

"This drink is definitely not going to be the thing that is going to help you lose weight...I'm definitely skeptical," she says.

Stacy says in the grand scheme of things 60 to 100 calories a day is not that much. 

"You can definitely burn calories other ways and free without having to buy this drink."

So buyers beware. Stacy says Enviga is no magic drink.  Diet and exercise are still the way to go.

The drink has seen its share of controversy. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sued the makers of Enviga, saying they made fraudulent claims about the drink. However, Coca-Cola stands behind their drink, saying it is meant to complement, not replace, diet and exercise.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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