Monday, 17 September 2012
Christine Hall of Alexandria, Va., 66, claims to have lost close to 80 by consuming nothing but foods and beverages from Starbucks. The law librarian has dropped from 190 pounds to 114 pounds. Hall, who tracks her calorie intake online via MyPlate calorie tracker at livestrong.com, began eating exclusively at Starbucks because the franchise is convenient and reveals its calorie information.
Hall told USA Today: “I have a busy schedule, so it just works for me. I know exactly what I’m getting. I can plan my day in advance because I’ve memorized the calories in everything. It’s not like I’m having a bagel every day,” she said. “I’m mixing it up and making sure I get protein, fruits and vegetables.”
While it's easy to be impressed by her results, there are a few factors you should keep in mind:
- A Starbucks-only diet must be very expensive
- Some days Hall only consumed as little at 876 calories. Most doctors agree you should be consuming at least 1,200 calories a day.
- Hall consulted her doctor and, hopefully, met her nutritional requirements.
There's no denying that hall's weight loss method is unique, but is it really fair to give Starbucks the credit? I, for one, don't think so. It seems that she applied the basic principles of dieting--calorie tracking and controlling dietary intake--which is why she saw successful results.
What do you think?