With increasing obesity problems (and all the resulting ailments) weighing down America, a solution desperately needs to be found. While by no means an all-encompassing answer, drinking tea is always a good idea. But if you are a numbers person (like me), you like to see the figures in front of you. So I present a little math, fueled by tea:

what a waist!Most sugary (or more likely, high-fructose-corn-syrupy) beverages contain about 140+ calories per 12 oz serving. Tea, on the other hand, contains just trace amounts of calories. That means that, by switching just one of those sugar drinks to tea daily, you can trim over 50,000 calories a year from your diet – that’s roughly 14 pounds!

But that isn’t even the end of it: for typical adults, the human body burns about 2,000 calories per day. Drinking 3-4 cups of tea has been shown to increase that energy expenditure up to 4%, which translates into about 80 more calories fried per day. That equates to almost 30,000 extra calories burned a year – or another 8 pounds.

That’s about 22 pounds a year just by putting down that soft drink and steeping up some tea…

So is drinking tea a good idea?

You do the math!