I have never been a cold turkey type of person, but having formerly worked at a coffee shop (that served Starbucks drinks.. but wasn't Starbucks) I can agree with others that there are ways to cut back. If you are like many people, you partially go to Starbucks out of habit, and because you have a convenient location nearby, and maybe even because you just like the folks that work there.. the community aspect. (Let's just say, I go to Starbucks a lot less now that I don't have one in my office building!). If you are going for the community aspect, maybe it's best to start by decreasing the calories of what you're getting. If you are going in regularly and know the baristas, chances are they will be happy to recommend/suggest a lighter version of your go-to drink. I was always happy to do so, even with non-regulars! Even just swapping out some things, depending on how bad your current drinks/snacks are, could help a lot. Let's say that you typically get a Venti Java Chip made the standard way, with whip (580 calories) and an iced lemon pound cake (470 calories). That's 1000 calories in drinks and a snack. Get a cake pop and a grande java chip, skip the whip, and you're at 500 calories. That's still not great of course, but it's still HALF the calories of the first example.
You've gotten good suggestions already. I'll add two more:
1) Think in terms of money, not just calories. A drink at Starbucks (even a healthy one) is going to cost you at least $3 more than making that drink at home or skipping it altogether. Think of something that you have always wanted but wouldn't get for yourself because it was too expensive or "frivolous." Then figure out how much you're spending on Starbucks and beer every week or month, and make a rough calculation of how long it would take to buy the other item with your beer & coffee money. Then for every day that you don't go to Starbucks or buy beer, put the equivalent amount of money in a special envelope or box decorated with a picture of what you're saving for. Also make it a rule that if you're going to buy fancy coffee of beer, you have to take cash out of that special fund to do it (which means you would have to go home to get that cash before stopping at the coffee shop.) If you're buying one fancy Starbucks and one beer a day on weekdays only, and you stop that, at the end of a year you'll have enough for a pretty nice vacation, a new washer-dryer set, some good art, all the sports/exercise equipment you want, matching designer shoes and bag--all sorts of things that are more fun than coffee.
2) If you can't break the coffee shop habit, make it part of a healthy diet. A grande non-fat latte has around 130 calories and 13 grams of protein, which is a decent snack. A frappucino has at least double the calories and can go up to 600, most of it sugar and saturated fat. Unsweetened tea or black coffee will be 10 calories or less. They have the nutrition info in the store, but it's probably better to look it up before you go so that you'll know what you want and be less tempted.
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If you don't know what is causing your weight gain, finding out the cause of your weight gain is going to be the best thing that you can do. Because if you burn 2000 cals a day, cutting out 200 cals of beverages is just going to mean a slower gain if you are still eating 2400 cals. Beverages certainly can add up, but so can larger portion sizes and "just this once" sorts of things. So look at what you are actually eating and what you are actually burning. Most people can work in a beverage, but not a Starbucks drink and a Starbucks treat and beer and any other treat. A common problem is getting all of these items down to a reasonable portion size for your calorie range, but then having multiple items which defeats the smaller potion size. Again, knowing where you are coming from can help you make the best adjustments for where you want to go.
Sodas, beer and other sugar loaded drinks pack on the weight. Drinking water with fruit ( oranges, lime, strawberry) was what I had to do and I didn't loose any weight until I did. Not a happy note but I have never seen an exception.
I didn't think so. But writing everything down realized that I love Starbucks cinnamon dulce latte. I would justify it by telling myself that it was only once a week but I have cut it down to after runs of more than 90 mins. So I don't have them very often and go for no fat milk and no whip and a tall instead of Venti. Has definitely helped.
Usually no, but I do sometimes have a cocktail or glass of wine, maybe twice a week.
Lately, though, I've been intrigued by the "Pink Drink" from Starbucks described as "... a light and refreshing beverage that features the sweet flavors of Strawberry Acai Refreshers® with accents of passion fruit and acai combined with Coconut Milk, and topped with a scoop of strawberries.
Sounds so yummy! Will I give in? Probably not, but like all their limited editions, I just enjoy seeing them.
I gave up all beverages with calories when I decided to get healthy. Nothing good comes from drinking liquid sugar. Water and unsweetened tea are all I drink now and it has drastically improved my ability to lose weight.
I've never been a coffee drinker so I don't have any words for that, but I can tell you that I was on vacation last week and had a drink every night (either 2 glasses of wine or a bottle of cider) and I gained 3 pounds over the week. That's what I consider moderate, and obviously moderate drinking is too much for me if I want to lose.
Now that I'm back on normal schedule, I will usually have that 2 glasses of wine or bottle of cider on a Friday night only. Then it's a treat, a way to wind down from the work week, and still works in with my plan. Good luck!
"I've put on almost 50 pounds and I don't even know why. But, I do know that I am addicted to sweet drinks and treats from Starbucks, and way too many beers per week."
You sure DO know why!
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"I've put on almost 50 pounds and I don't even know why."
I guess you DO know why!!!
If you are like my son who used to go to Starbucks 2-3 times a day, why not cut down one of those times and replace what you would have with a healthier choice, and work on that for a while, then drop down again.
You can UNteach your tastebuds and it is easier if you do it gradually.
I only go Starbucks if I'm meeting someone..way too expensive to me.
I make a mean mocha Cappuccino with Colombian coffee, half tsp of Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder, 1 tsp of sugar, topped with a froth of 2 oz of whole milk that I have nuked in the microwave for 30 sec and whipped with an immersion blender. Yum.
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tracking EVERYTHING will help. For me, once I saw all the 'empty calories' it was much easier to stop drinking anything other than water. When I want something other than water, I will drink green tea with a very small amount of 100% fruit juice (or plain green tea).
I've never been a coffee drinker. That be a more difficult habit to break.
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Beverages can be sneaky with their calories. So, instead of quitting, maybe you can think of cutting back? Instead of drinking a Venti Frappuccino, maybe you can start ordering a grande or a tall? Or get without the whip cream or less of it? Instead of ordering 2% or whole milk, get skim? Instead of getting whatever Starbuck's drink you get daily, cut back the trips. Save it for Friday, for example.
As for beer, I rarely drink. Drinking really shouldn't be daily event, in my humble opinion. If you think quitting drinking alcohol regularly may be a problem, I wonder if there's a dependency issue? Or a disordered use of it to drown out stress or troubles or whatever.
I have 4 beers in my fridge and they have been in there since last October, as a matter of fact. I had 5 but I decided to drink one on Sunday since Spring may have finally arrived in Minnesota. I also ran/walked 9 miles so I knew I had the space for the calories. I used to drink more regularly but when I lost weight the first time, I realized I didn't want to spend calories on drinking multiple days a week. Now, I have a drink or two rarely and am able to enjoy it for the taste and socialization it brings.
I've put on almost 50 pounds and I don't even know why. But, I do know that I am addicted to sweet drinks and treats from Starbucks, and way too many beers per week. I've gotten so accustomed to these things that envisioning quitting seems so difficult (even though I used to do without them). They just kind of crept into my life. Anyone else struggle with beverage calories?