The Starbucks Diet? Woman Claims She Lost 85 Pounds By Eating There

Sure, Starbucks is known for its high-calorie, high-fat mochas and pastries, but according to one woman, one of America’s favorite coffee chains is the ultimate place to lose weight. In fact, Christine Hall claims to have lost 85 pounds by following a Starbucks diet. Is this too good–and tasty–to be true?

The 66-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia told MSNBC that Starbucks has been her go-to restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner for two years because they offer ”really healthy choices.” By counting calories which are displayed on all Starbucks packaged foods, Hall has found “a system that works”. That system has helped her lose nearly 85 pounds.

Here is what is on Hall’s Starbucks diet:

Breakfast: oatmeal and a black coffee (145 calories)

Lunch: a “bistro box” which includes a snack pack of cheeses, breads and fruit, or a panini (220-460 calories)

Dinner: same as lunch

Dessert: “If I go on a bike ride, I can come back and have a brownie!” Hall explained.

Hall explained how her new, slimmer body is working for her:

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.

But, of course, not everyone agrees that the Starbucks diet is a good idea. Dietician Rebecca Scritchfield explained to MSNBC that it could end up backfiring:

What we know about diets is that they don’t work in the long term. When you follow something that eliminates entire food groups and limits you to one particular restaurant, it’s very difficult to be healthy and meet all of your nutrition needs.

While eating at one particular restaurant to lose weight is nothing new (who can forget Jared Fogle, “the Subway Guy” who claimed he lost 235 pounds by eating at the sandwich chain?), Scritchfield is right. It’s much healthier to get your food from a variety of sources. Not to mention the expense of eating out every meal of every day.

Tell us, would you ever try a “diet” like this?



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    • Laura

      well it’s not ideal for overall best possible health, but it certainly seems to be good for portion control! even with the extra brownie she’d be staying well below 1500 cal per day. and it’s not like it’s devoid of nutrients if she’s getting a bit of fruit for lunch and again for dinner.

      i wouldn’t do it, only because it’s too expensive to eat every meal out.

    • Lauren L.

      They do have some healthy options, but if you are just going to opt for cheese and fruit for lunch, it would be so much more cost effective to just get those things at the grocery store!

    • LisaT

      Aside from the expense, it would be so utterly boring. Their vegan options are so limited anyway, unless you eat nothing but fruit. Overall it sounds expensive, unhealthy, impossible to maintain, and dull. No thanks.

    • Coral

      It would be nice if my local Starbucks offered the bistro boxes! Since I work there, it would be nice to have healthy options for when I don’t have time to prep lunch.

    • Jules Bartow

      The mental health aspect of going someplace where they greet you by name (and sometimes even kisses) and have your “Usual” waiting for you with a community atmosphere of belonging, beats greeting you solely based on your sexual organs (Sir/Ma’am) or the impersonal “Can I help the next person in line” when you’ve been a customer for 20-years.

      Starbucks is an enabler of habits. Two-years of continuous weight loss sounds like a pretty darn good behavior to have been sucked into by wonderful personalized service. The cost in dollars at a grocery store may be less, but who wants to be greeted by a store clerk you see 2-3 times a week who’s goal in life is to punch the time clock at the end of their shift that wouldn’t know your name from Adam or Eve?

      The lesson here is Christine Hall buys EVERY meal here. Alexandria has a huge choice of restaurants and coffee houses. Starbucks is crushing the competition. Businesses that care give customer-facing employees the tools and culture to personally RECOGNIZE regular customers, which is orders of magnitude better than any mobile smart phone application, advertising, marketing, or loyalty rewards program. The other benefit is employees having fun engaging with customers means less turnover.

      But how do you engage when billions and billions are served? Human memory, like the ability to fly unaided by machines, is limited. The popularity of Facebook pictures and names reminding us of elementary school friends long forgotten shows how important community connections are –even if they’re virtual. The same thing happens when EzPL8 “Easy Plate” software built into a cashier’s point-of-sale (POS) shows regular customers’ names, faces, and their “usual” .

      Even a brand new employee can recognize a regular customer as if they were a rock star. There’s no better loyalty than when you treat like royalty.

      The difference between EZPL8 and Facebook is there’s nothing virtual about the person-to-person human interaction taking place at the cash register. Customers and employees look forward to transactions when they feed natural subconscious inclinations to be part of a clan or tribe that guides and protects. This innate fundamental tendency transcending gender and race is why Howard Schultz has 16,000 3rd places in 50-countries .

      How does EzPL8 work if no batteries or app downloads are required by customers? EZPL8 borrows from the concept of license plates, where only the department of motor vehicles knows who owns the vehicle. On rare exceptions, when the vehicle is stolen or there’s an accident (or you’re speeding), police look up the owner’s information. We trade a little bit of privacy for security and social order.

      EZPL8 machine-to-machine technology trades a little bit of privacy to enable human=to-human connection and convenience. Actually, EZPL8 trades NO privacy that isn’t already given up when a customer buys with a credit card; uses a loyalty membership card to get a discount; uses a smartphone that sends E911 beacons every few minutes and geolocation apps like FourSquare, Facebook Location, and Google Latitude; free WiFi internet traffic monitoring; or where dozens of security cameras capture everything you do from when you first pull into the parking lot to watching the entrances to bathrooms.

      An EzPL8 RFID sensor in the drive-thru and at the front door of a business announce when regulars arrive. Customers place a band-aid sized sticker with an embedded antenna and tiny microchip on their windshield, their cell phone, drivers license, employee badge, or student id. This is the same technology making the time- and fuel-wasting stops to pay cash at a toll booth obsolete. Like the DMV, only authorized businesses can read the information related to an EZPL8. Unlike the DMV, the customer chooses which businesses access which information. Wouldn’t it be cool if cops could only write you a ticket if he was nice to you?

      When the EZPL8 is related to a credit or debit card, there’s no need to pull out a wallet or rummage through a purse, making fast food faster.

      Because EZPL8 purchases are set up for routine recurring inexpensive charges within the customers normal travel pattern and a quick comparison between the POS display and the customer’s face is inherently part of the process the possibility of fraud is considerably reduced.