Emmerdale star Laura Norton has shed three stone in weight after kicking her addiction to fizzy drinks.
The actress, who plays Kerry Wyatt in the ITV soap, admitted she has been addicted to Coca Cola ever since she was a teenager and would consume up to four litres a day.
That means Laura was taking in 1,700 calories a day just through drinking alone, which equates to 106 teaspoons of sugar, that’s definitely not going to help you to lose weight.
‘I had been addicted since I was a teenager,’ she revealed to The Mirror. ‘At its worst, I used to drink two 2-litre bottles of Coke a day. I know now how much sugar is in it, but when you are addicted, you don’t realise how much you are getting through. In the end, it was my dad who pointed it out.’
Recalling the day she realised she had a problem, Laura said: ‘One day I was at home in my pyjamas and I wanted [my dad] to go to the off-licence to get me some Coke. I think he just thought it had gone too far.
‘It was so much caffeine, so much sugar, so bad for you teeth. I think I am lucky I still have a tooth in my head,’ she added.
But since landing her role on Emmerdale, Laura admits that her character’s skimpy outfits spurred her on to finally kick her fizzy drinks habit – and she hasn’t looked back since.
She said: ‘It was about three years ago when I started to lose weight. I was in skimpy outfits all the time on telly, and the camera also adds weight to you, so I thought I’d do something.
‘I started to do a bit of exercise, which I hadn’t done for years. You get a bit older and weight is harder to lose. Then I cut the Coca-Cola out and started to notice the difference and then just decided to keep it up.’