Woman drops 100 pounds by giving up carbonated drinks
11:44 AM CDT on Wednesday, May 12, 2004
By JEAN ENERSEN / KING 5 News
What if you could drop unwanted pounds by eliminating just one thing from your diet? Sound impossible? That's what one woman thought until she lost 100 pounds.
The average American drinks nearly two sodas a day and carbonated soft drinks account for nearly 30 percent of America's beverage consumption.
Some people are amazed at how much sugar is in one soda.
"They're accessible, easy to drink, and there's no nutritional value, they're high-calorie," said dietitian Jamie Galeana. "It's become a problem, verging on an epidemic - we have a problem with the sugar consumption in this country. I don't think people realize the negative impact on their health."
Kristen Krogstad, 28, was so heavy she got out of breath just walking around the block. When she couldn't even do it anymore, she decided to lose weight.
"My confidence was so low - people tell you, 'You're so pretty, so pretty,' but you look in the mirror and see what you see," she said. "It hurts being that big, people make comments about you."
So Kristen made a move that changed her life. She cut out all cokes, sweet tea and anything that had a lot of sugar in it. In just one year she dropped 100 pounds.
"I was ecstatic...it felt so great, it came off so fast - just by dropping soda and sweet tea," she said.
Just one soda contains between 10 and 20 teaspoons of sugar. Experts say, 'lose the sugar, shrink your size,' It worked for Kristen.
It's not just soda that's unhealthy. A lot of people think bottled lemonade is a healthier choice, but with 14 teaspoons of sugar, it's not. Dieticians advise sticking with water, which has zero calories and no sugar.
Getting sodas out of schools
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said there's one thing you can take away from kids that will help drastically lower their obesity rates: vending machines. The effort is on to get them out of schools.
The center surveyed more than 1,400 vending machines in 250 schools across the country and found that 70 percent of the beverage options were sugary drinks like soda pop, imitation juice drinks, ice tea and sports drinks
They found 85 percent of snack options were high in calories and fat, setting America's kids up for problems like heart disease and diabetes.
But the snack food industry said it's not the food itself that's to blame, and that kids should learn to make educated choices. The food and soda industries said lack of exercise is a more significant contributor to childhood obesity.
Already many schools nationwide are switching to healthier options, with fruit juices and bottled water in the machines.
Schools depend on vending machines for extra income, receiving as much as 50 percent of profits from them.