It's no groundbreaking news that obesity is on the rise in our country. Between 1986 and 2006 (20 years) the number of deaths due to excess body fat was 18%.
As this becomes more of a trend, that number will increase, lowering life expectancy for the first time in two generations. Today’s generation will be the first generation EVER to have a shorter life span than their parents..
Even though so many factors are to blame on this phenomenon, portion sizes are definitely one of the culprits. Some of today’s restaurant portions are really family sized portions, big enough to serve four people. Imagine the uproar created if a party of four were to go into a restaurant, order one entrée and inform the server that they need it split four ways---talk about anarchy!
But the single most blatant factor in this dismal obesity epidemic is the prevalence of what I call soda-addiction in our society. Go anywhere and everywhere, and you are bombarded with advertisements, marketing campaigns and endorsements for soda. Cheap soda, diet soda, “healthy” soda, soda in different languages…you name it, it’s everywhere. For something that is so mainstream yet so damaging to our health, you would think that there would be widespread understanding of not only its damaging implications to our health, but its calorie content alone as a factor in unwanted pounds. Unfortunately, what you won’t find in those who are “soda-addicted” is common sense.
I mean, I’ve seen overweight children in 7-Elevens filling up their Big Gulps. Or how about the co-worker who declares that she’s “on a diet”, yet arrives every morning to work with a 44-ounce cup filled with soda. Surely these people are not enjoying great health, and in addition, these are the people who believe that what they are eating is making them overweight!
Take a look at these numbers:
· A “Double-Gulp” is 64 ounces (that’s a half gallon, folks) and contains 744 calories
· An “Extreme Gulp” is 52 ounces and contains 585 calories
· A “Super Gulp” is 44 ounces and contains 510 calories
· A “Big Gulp” is 32 ounces and contains 365 calories
· A 20 ounce bottle of soda contains 240 calories
· A 16 ounce bottle of soda contains 200 calories
· A 12 ounce bottle of soda contains 140 calories
Wow! A “Double Gulp” gives you almost a half a day’s worth of calories!
Seriously, why would anyone willingly want to do that kind of damage to their body on a regular basis? Where’s the common sense in it? Sadly, there is none. Instead, there is only ignorance. I mean, who really believes that they can consume that many calories on top of their regular/food calories and NOT GAIN WEIGHT? What I believe is true is that a huge majority of people do not even believe that drinks have calories at all; that they are “safe” because, well, it’s a drink.
Newsflash: With the exception of water and flavored waters,
all drinks have calories!!
Your body is made up of over 60% water –that’s more than half. It needs water to function, not soda.
So, Ditch the Soda! It’s that simple, and one of the best health improvements you can make. And if you use the examples set forth above, eliminating just one of those drinks daily will save you almost the equivalent of a pound’s worth of calories in just one week.
I bet you can smell the pounds coming of now. Or is that the soda you’re smelling?
If you're a soda drinker, do you still want to drink it after reading this article? Let me know be leaving a comment below, I'd love to hear from you.
Blessings and best of health,