Tall americano coffee, paninis for lunch and a chocolate brownie treat: How one senior lost 85lbs on Starbucks-only diet
21:05 GMT, 14 September 2012
A senior who has maintained a Starbucks-only diet for the past two years, has told how she's lost 85 pounds and feels 'like a kid again'.
Christine Hall, 66, from Alexandria, Virginia, visits her local store three times a day, selecting breakfast, lunch and dinner options and describes the coffee chain as her 'second home'.
Using nutrition labels on food and drink packaging she meticulously tracks her calorie intake, eating as little as 1,000 calories a day – less than half of the recommended daily allowance for women.
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Christine Hall, 66, said she ate at Starbucks every day for two years and lost 85 pounds as a result
While sugary cakes, croissants and muffins tempt many Starbucks customers Ms Hall said that she always sticks to the healthier options.
She usually starts the day with
oatmeal and a black coffee (140 calories) while her lunch and dinners consists of either a bistro box – a selection of cheese, bread and meats – or a panini which total around 220-460 calories.
CHRISTINE HALL'S DAILY STARBUCKS DIET
One tall black americano (15 cals) – $2.13
Perfect oatmeal (140 cals) – $2.45
Salami and cheese bistro box (360 cals) – $5.40
Roasted tomato and mozzarella panini (390 calories) – $6.23
Daily cost: $16.21
Total: 905 calories
And sometimes if she exercises during the day she will treat herself to a chocolate brownie (420 calories).
Ms Hall says that despite sticking to the strict diet, which has little variety and eliminates certain food groups, she says she feels better than ever.
She told NBC: 'Nothing hurts any more' I used to attribute some of my
aches and pains to aging. I have no medical issues whatsoever. I just
feel like a kid again.'
According to a Starbucks employee in
the Virgina area, Ms Hall's diet costs around $16 per day, meaning that
over the past two years Ms Hall has spent more than $11,000 at the
Hall claiming that she is in good health, experts warn that her dieting
technique may have a number of long-term health effects.
Dietitian and food expert Rebecca Scritchfield said: 'When you follow something
that … limits you to one particular restaurant, it's very difficult to
be healthy and meet your nutrition needs.
Food for though: Ms Hall says that she visits Starbucks everyday to select breakfast, lunch and dinner options
My second home: Ms Hall visits her local Starbucks in Virginia
Ms Hall joins a group of people who have claimed fast food diets have helped them lose weight.
In 1999 Jared Fogle claimed that he shed 245 pounds in a year after living off sandwiches from Subway.
He has since appeared in numerous adverts for the eatery and now motivates others to lose weight.
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