Wednesday, March 27, 2013
“Americans are actually drinking more water than soda for the first time in three decades”
It was 35 years ago when I decided that I wouldn’t drink another calorie (after my morning coffee and OJ), so I was one of those in the vanguard. Unfortunately, until I started tracking food, I didn’t lose weight either, although looking back it’s probably one reason I didn’t gain MORE than 25 lbs.
Given the calorie differential, giving up even one soda per day translates to 10 lbs lost in a year. So in 3 decades I could have gained 30 – 60 extra pounds if I had been drinking soda instead of water and my weight loss journey would have been more difficult. Have I got that right?
The article points out that the soft drink companies are not suffering from the change because they also sell bottled water. That’s OK with me. We are a capitalist society after all.
I appreciate the convenience. I have a reusable water bottle which I use to sip water throughout the day when I’m out and about. However, I sometimes run out. I can’t carry enough for meals out and I often find myself in locations where I do not feel good about refilling my bottle. So, I buy bottled water in quantity and even individually when needed.
Then there’s the recycling issue. I recycle ALL my water bottles. Have there been similar complaints about plastic bottles in landfills aimed at soda bottles? The commercials I’ve seen only mention water bottles. That’s understandable since those are part of the advertising campaign of the water filter companies.
Whatever the motive I’m glad to see healthier choices being promoted.
Note: It was also my personal choice not to consume sugar substitutes, so diet drinks were never an option.