A fitness influencer has confessed to getting hooked on energy drinks despite being literally sick of them.
Beauty expert Tami Tilger, 25, regularly posts on health issues and workouts to her 312,000 Instagram followers.
Now the German fitness model, from the city of Frankfurt, Germany, has admitted she has become hopelessly addicted to caffeine-packed so-called energy drinks.
In an Instagram story posted on Wednesday, 8th November, about guilty pleasures, Tami revealed: “Say, people, do you have anything in your life that, how should I put it, is not good for you at all, but you still can’t quit it?
“Because, for me, that’s the case with energy drinks.”
Tami is seen holding a silver can of Monster Energy Ultra which contains a heart-jolting 160mg of caffeine, nearly double the amount found in a cup of strong coffee.
She told how she’s tried to give it up but declared: “I just can’t let it go.”
Tami added: “Sometimes I drive [to the store] just because of a can, and I swear to myself that it’s the last one. I drive to the drinks market and then do it again a few days later.
“But I just don’t feel good about it at all.”
Even though the drink makes her pulse spike and she often feels physically sick, Tami admitted she still goes back to it.
She said: “It makes me sick, my heart races sometimes, especially when I take it on an empty stomach because I just can’t tolerate caffeine. But I can’t let it go.”
Tami added: “It makes me question my whole life because there are definitely other things in my life that I somehow hold on to that are actually not good for me.”
She later added warnings that she knows of the health dangers of energy drinks. She said she is aware there are much more serious and health-damaging addictions.
Medics warn that high doses of caffeine can cause dangerous spikes in heartbeat rates, palpitations, and lack of sleep.
Reports show that high caffeine drink intake may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
A 2010 study by the University of Maryland School strongly links energy drink consumption with risks of heavy drinking and alcohol dependence.