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article imageWoman goes on 'Starbucks diet' and loses over 75 pounds

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By Leigh Goessl
Sep 19, 2012 in Food
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Alexandria - A Virginia woman claims to have lost over 75 pounds over the course of two years by eating her meals almost exclusively at Starbucks.
According to Yahoo! Shine, Christine Hall, 66, told the media she lost 76-pounds by eating almost all of her meals at Starbucks.
She was motivated to lose weight after being rejected as a kidney donor; she was told she could not have the surgery to donate the organ because of her 200-pound, 5 foot, 4 inch frame.
Hall found her solution in Starbucks. She told the Today Show she didn't want to join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery plan. Busy with two jobs, she began buying all her prepackaged meals at Starbucks, as it clearly outlines calorie information and it was convenient.
“I have a busy schedule, so it just works for me,” says Hall, who lives in Alexandria, Va. “I know exactly what I’m getting. I can plan my day in advance because I’ve memorized the calories in everything.”
Christine Hall has eaten almost all of her meals at Starbucks for the last two years and has lost ov...
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Christine Hall has eaten almost all of her meals at Starbucks for the last two years and has lost over 75 pounds
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She says she varies her meals daily to ensure she gets a variety of nutrients, and said her doctor has approved. Hall does her calorie tracking using MyPlate on http://www.livestrong.com/. She eats foods such as paninis, cheese, oatmeal, and also eats her fruits and vegetables.
But is eating pre-packaged meals all the time a healthy diet? And what about cost?
Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told the Today Show that it's important for any dieter to remember that in addition to cutting back calories, it is important to eat nutritionally balanced meals.
"Eating healthy on a budget is a top priority for most people," Jamieson-Petonic said in an email to TODAY.com. "Making food at home is a better option when you are watching your food dollars closely." (Some estimates say she's spent $11K by following this diet).
Hall says what she's doing works.
"I had sleep apnea and I was tired all the time," Hall describes how she felt before her self-designed diet. "My joints hurt. It hurt to stand up. I was in trouble." Now, she told Today Show, her medical problems have faded, she takes no medication and feels "like I'm 15."
Do you think going on a 'Starbucks diet' is an effective weight-loss plan?
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