No Fizz? No Problem! Families Give Up Soda for 30 Days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Charlotte's Jennifer Bullock is always on the lookout for her daughters' health. "I've seen people put soda in their baby's bottles, you know, it just kills me,” says Bullock. Her three-and-a-half-year old Avery, already a water lover, has never even tasted soda.
"I tell my daughter that soda is an adult drink but I'm gonna start telling her that soda is a never drink, just because it's horrible,” Bullock.
Bullock recently completed the "No Fizz Charlotte" challenge. She swapped her diet soda for water, gained energy and even lost some weight. "Not a whole lot, I've lost about five pounds, probably, but I'm trying to lose it gradually so I can keep it off in the long run,” she says.
Bullock's success story is just one of many, says "No Fizz" founder Bobby DeMuro. He's a personal trainer in Cornelius by trade. One day, he challenged a friend on Twitter to give up soda for 30 days. 150 tweet backs later, the “No Fizz” movement was born.
"You know, I hesitate to say this and I don't mean this as strong of a connection as cigarettes, but hopefully in a couple generations or less, soda will be looked at like cigarette smoking is now,” says DeMuro.
DeMuro says his research has shown that soda is the number one source of calories in our diet and that Americans consume soda more than anything else. That said, DeMuro says you don't have to eliminate soda entirely from your diet, but rather just consume it in moderation.
"Moderation doesn't mean one a day or one or two a week because two a week shows to double your chances of pancreatic cancer,” says DeMuro.
“No Fizz” is also about to challenge every mayor in North and South Carolina to give up soda for 30 days starting January first.
Back at Bullock's house, water has already become the drink du jour.
The 30 day December challenge starts December 1st. Sign up is free. Just look for "No Fizz Clt" on Twitter or goto www.nofizzclt.org. The non-profit also goes to schools and teaches kids about making healthy hydration choices.