- the billions of plastic soda bottles and plastic-lined soda cans heading straight for the landfill
- our ever-expanding wastelines
So let's imagine a "what if"...
How much weight would Americans lose if they gave up soda?
Let's start with the stats:
- Americans consumed 10.26 billion cases of carbonated beverages in 2005 (69.8% of 14.7 billion cases of beverages sold) , according to the American Beverage Association.
- A case is defined as 192 ounces by the American Beverage association.
- The approximate population in the United States is about 300 million people (this estimate is based on 2006 data so it may be a bit high).
- Of all soda consumed, 29.6 percent of soda consumption was diet in 2005.
- There are 146 calories in a 12 ounce can of coke, which I'll use as a measure for the number of calories in the average can of soda.
- To lose one pound, you need to create a 3,500 calorie deficit.
- There are zero calories in water.
- 10.26 billion cases/300 million people = 34.2 cases/person in 2005
- 34.2 cases * 192 ounces = 6,566 ounces of soda/person
- 6,566 ounces of soda * .296 of diet = 1,944 ounces of diet soda per yer
- 6,566 ounces total - 1944 ounces diet = 4,622 ounces of regular soda
- 4,622 ounces of regular soda / 12 months = 385 ounces of regular soda per month
- 385 ounces of regular soda / 12 ounces per can = 32 cans of regular soda per month
- 32 cans of regular soda * 146 calories per can = 4,672 calories from soda per month
- 4,672 calories from soda/3,500 calories (the deficit required to lose a pound) = 1.3
That if we collectively gave up pop and replaced it with water, which has zero calories and creates zero waste, the average American would lose 1.3 pounds a month, or 15.6 pounds each year.
In other words, America would lose 4.7 billion pounds of fat each year.