Still not convinced? Beyond heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, soft drinks have negative health effects throughout the entire body. Some of the lesser-known effects of soda include Osteoporosis, Asthma, and kidney damage.So, now what? You're not expected to give up the sweet indulgence of soda forever, but now may be the time to start scaling back. Try refilling your SportMixer with water throughout the day instead of the usual Big Gulp. Add fresh fruit or natural extracts to add flavor if water by itself it too bland. By reducing soda intake from 12 oz. a day to 12 oz. once a week you could cut 65 cups of sugar, over 43,000 calories, and 12.5 lbs. from the annual soda consumption. The switch is a difficult one for many, but well worth the health benefits it prospers. Tell us, what has been your experience doing away with sugary beverages?