I decided last week to stop drinking Dr. Pepper. I have not had a Dr. Pepper for 24 hours now. It doesn’t sound like much, but it is a real accomplishment. Last week I had cut down to just 2 or 3 cans a day. Prior to that, I was drinking a 6-pack a day. That has been my normal intake of Dr. Pepper for 6 years now. Here are some numbers to consider on my own soda addiction:
1 can = 150 calories
6 cans = 900 calories of soda consumed a day
900 calories X 7 days a week = 6300 calories a week
6300 calories X 52 weeks = 327600 calories
One pound of body weight = 3500 calories. If my metabolism wasn’t so off the charts, then I would have gained 93 lbs. this year by drinking this amount of soda.
If I wanted to drop a few pounds by stopping the soda intake; I could loose 1.8 lbs a week.
1 gallon = 128 oz
1 can = 12 oz
((12oz x 6 cans) x 356 days)/128 oz = 200 gallons of soda a year.
I can’t believe I was drinking 200 gallons a year. I’m no Doctor, but I’m really surprised I have not become diabetic.
Soda manufactures are creating enough soda so that every man woman and child can consume 56 gallons of soda each year. I was way over the average.
Before I quit, I had to come up with good reasons to quit. Here are my reasons:
- I currently have 15% body fat (BFI). My goal is to have 8%. This will be impossible to obtain by continuing my soda intake.
- I want to improve my image. At work, I’m always carrying a can of Dr. Pepper. I don’t want to be the guy that always has a Dr. Pepper in his hand. I think this image is about as attractive as the chain smoker.
- I want whiter teeth.
- I want to be in control of my moods. I really think that the caffeine intake has a negative impact on my general mood.
Well, I just thought that I would share this. I will update this throughout the week.