Soft Drink Math: 50 Extra Calories a Day = 5 Extra Lbs. a Year

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Health Daily reports on another recent study that shows Americans consume 300 calories in liquid form daily, a 50 calorie increase over 2 decades. This translated to adding 5 pounds of weight a year. Conversely, eliminating those 300 empty calories can lead to a 2.5lb weight reduction every month.

“People are taking in enormous amounts of calories in liquid form,” said study author Sara Bleich, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “If you’re looking for an easy way to lose weight, just stop drinking soda and other sweetened beverages.”

“U.S. adults are consuming a very large amount of sugar-sweetened beverages, and it has increased over time,” said Bleich. “I think there are two main drivers to the increase: One is availability. Sugar-sweetened beverages are everywhere. And, two, the container size has increased, so that on any given consumption occasion, people are drinking more.”

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What you need to know:

A 12 oz. can of sweetened beverage contains 10(!) teaspoons of sugar. That’s 50 grams of carbs, each adding 4 calories, for a total of 200 calories that do nothing at all to satisfy hunger.

What to do at the supermarket:

Challenge yourself to skip the beverage aisle when shopping this week. Try drinking water instead and see how it goes.

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