Sugar & Weight Loss The epitome of a love-hate relationship. We LOVE the taste but HATE the effects. Did you know that on average, American adults eat 21 teaspoons of sugar every day? This equates to about 137 pounds a year. No wonder 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese. What are the most common culprits? Soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks, and candy are some, but sugar is found in many other foods, such as cakes and cookies, fast food and ice cream, drink mixers, canned foods and sauces, and cereals and breads.