What happens when you eat most of your meals at Starbucks for two years?
You lose a lot of weight.
At least that’s what happened to 66-year-old Christine Hall, who chose Starbucks as an alternative to other weight-loss programs out of convenience, and because they list calorie information on their prepackaged meals.
‘I have a busy schedule, so it just works for me,’ Hall told the Today Show. ’I know exactly what I’m getting. I can plan my day in advance because I’ve memorized the calories in everything.’
Unfortunately for those who love pumpkin spice lattes and oat fudge bars, those aren’t the menu items Hall consumed to lose weight.
Instead, she opted for oatmeal and cup of coffee for breakfast, a ‘bistro box’ with fruit and cheese for lunch, and a Panini for dinner.
‘It’s not like I’m having a bagel every day,’ Hall told the Today Show. ‘I’m mixing it up and making sure I get protein, fruits and vegetables.’
While it worked for Hall, counting calories is only one part of a weight loss equation. What you eat is just as important as how much, to ensure you get a good nutritional balance.
There’s definitely something to be said for Hall’s discipline, though. Personally, I’d find it difficult to walk into Starbucks every day and avoid the tempting array of treats and the intoxicating smell of freshly baked goods and coffee. Not to mention the cost. Other weight loss programs can be expensive, but so too can Starbucks.
What do you think? Would you try the ‘Starbucks diet?’ What do you think is the most effective way to lose weight?
-Katharine Watts, Associate Web Editor