Are you Pouring on the Pounds?
My post featured at the Naked Apartments Blog yesterday:
We are all aware that our country is experiencing an obesity epidemic of gargantuan proportions. As New Yorkers we think we’re different (and, let’s be honest, better) than the rest of the world, but sadly in this case we are not. Although we live in the most walkable city in the country and for the most part can pull off spandex and ankle booties, the truth is that we too are in the crisis.
Our beloved city has watched as our waist size has increased and finally is putting her Christian Laboutin heel down! New York City is taking a stand with a new health campaign. First topic—sugary beverages.
Did you know that Americans are consuming on average 200-300 more calories PER DAY than we did 30 years ago? More than half of these calories come from sugary beverages, such as soda, iced teas, and sports drinks.The New York Health Department surveyed adult New Yorkers about their consumption of these drinks and the results showed that more than 2 million down at least one sugar-laden drink each day. That’s on average an extra 250 calories, and that adds up….quickly! Did you know that a 20oz Cola contains over 15 teaspoons of sugar? Yikes!
Now is the time to take a look at your diet and see what types of beverages you enjoy. If you eat healthily and work out yet can’t figure out why the pounds aren’t dropping, take a look at what you are drinking. If sweetened beverages play a role in your day-to-day diet they might be the culprit. Especially if you enjoy alcohol during Happy Hours or on the weekend, it can all add up.
So, what can we do to limit sweetened-beverages?
*The best change we can make is drinking water, plain and simple. As New Yorkers, we are lucky enough to enjoy safe, great tasting tap water. But if you just can’t stomach it, try adding a squeeze of citrus, slices or strawberries, cucumber, or mint. Get creative!
*Use seltzer as a vehicle. If you don’t like plain Club Soda, try adding a splash of fruit juice to sweeten. And for all the vodka tonic drinkers, drop the tonic and use seltzer instead (Tonic is just carbonated water with sugar and quinine)
*Wean yourself off of your soda habit slowly. No need to go cold turkey. Start by diluting your soda a bit with fizzy seltzer, and as time progresses, add more seltzer and less soda. In a few weeks, you’ll be surprised at how easy the switch was!
*Check the sugar amounts in your drinks. I’m amazed at how much sugar sports drinks, smoothies, and coffee drinks contain. I’m talking teaspoons of sugar per drink! You don’t want that, do you?
And if those tips don’t help you, just take a long, good look at the new advertisement (featured above). It’s shock value and vomit-inducing graphics might be enough to stop you.
Come on New Yorkers! Let’s make our city proud!