A-list trainer Jillian Michaels on the dangers of SODA
The 43-year-old spoke to DailyMail.com about the various negative impacts of soda, while urging people to stop drinking the fizzy beverages.
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels has spoken out to warn of the oft-ignored dangers of soda, insisting that the fizzy beverages are more harmful to people - and the world around them - than cigarettes.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, the 43-year-old detailed the negative effects that drinking soda can have, explaining that cutting them out of your day-to-day diet is 'an integral part to any healthy lifestyle', adding that it is a 'change everybody should make'.
'I was a soda drinker as a kid, then a diet soda drinker when I got a bit older,' Jillian, who recently partnered with at-home sparkling water maker SodaStream, said.
On a mission: Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels has warned people about the horrific impact that drinking soda can have on their health
'Ten years ago I gave it up, and now I just drink sparkling water and coffee.'
According to Jillian, who is best known for her appearance as a fitness expert on reality series The Biggest Loser, there is no end to the negative impact that drinking soda can have on your health - and your wallet.
'Full-fat sodas contain vast amounts of sugar and the diet options are filled with a huge number of artificial sweeteners and chemicals,' she explained.
'These things are really bad for you!'
And while some might not be aware of the level of harmful effects a soda-drinking habit can have, Jillian says that - much like smoking - the people who continue to drink them are well aware that they are doing something unhealthy, they just need to motivate themselves to do something about it.
'People know that soda is bad from them, just in the way that they know smoking is bad for them,' she said. 'But they need to get off their ass and be catalyzed, and say that they are ready to make a change and get healthy.'
For Jillian, that change was switching to sparkling water, which she now says she drinks 'with lunch and with dinner' every day, waxing lyrical about the benefits of her SodaStream in terms of providing the perfect anti-soda fizzy fix.
Alternatives: The 43-year-old, who recently partnered with SodaStream, admitted that she used to drink soda - both full fat and diet - and only gave it up ten years ago
Moving on: She insists that soda not only has a harmful effect on your health, it also costs you money, and damages the environment
'People don't realize that they can get a machine that makes sparkling water at home from their tap water,' she noted, adding that - even if people aren't interested in making their own lives healthier - they should also take into consideration the impact the soda industry has on the environment, not to mention the astronomical amount of money people are spending on each bottle or can of soda they drink.
'Giving it up is not only essential for your health, it will save you money, and help the environment,' she added.
'It's an obvious choice to make!'
But while the healthy living expert is determined to spread her message about the negative effects of soda, she says she would never consider going as far as to hide them away, or put bold warnings and pictures on the packaging like on cigarette packets; instead she believes 'positive reinforcement is better'.
'These cigarette campaigns haven't really worked,' she explained. 'Instead of trying to show people the awful downsides of drinking soda every time they reach for one, let's explain to them what benefits they will see by giving it up.
'Money talks - explain to them that they are potentially going to save thousands of dollars, just by eliminating soda from their lives.'
Healthy mind, healthy body: 'Giving it up is not only essential for your health, it will save you money, and help the environment,' the fitness guru explained
But, if you're thinking about trying to sub out a soda in favor of fruit juice - think again.
'Don't drink juice!' Jillian warned, adding: 'It's full of calories, you're basically just drinking calories.'
She added: 'Quitting soda isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.
'I recommend quitting cold turkey to eliminate your sweet cravings. If it’s the caffeine fix you desire, then there are plenty of other beverages to enjoy.
'Try a cup of green tea or an organic cold brew like Lucky Jack for a safe energizing drink. If it’s a flavored alternative to water that you’re looking for, start with sparkling or regular water, then add cucumbers and oranges for a zesty flavor.
'I also love mixing two tablespoons of all-natural juices from Trader Joe's (like their cranberry and pomegranate juice) with sparkling water and a slice of lime. I get antioxidants and vitamin C from the cranberry and pomegranate juice for just 30 calories — and no chemicals.
'SodaStream is a product I believe in, because I was able to cut out my own soda habit by switching to sparkling water. SodaStream provides one of the easiest ways for people to drink more water, and reduce their sugar intake from soda. It is also a great way to reduce environmental pollution from plastic bottles, helping me continue to do my part in caring for the health of the planet.'