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Seattle Personal Trainer Counts Calories at Starbucks. It Ain’t Pretty. . .

Is Starbucks making you fat?

So here in Seattle one might say we’re a little addicted to our coffee drinks.  Most of us aren’t drinking the old fashioned black stuff, though.  We have our favorite coffee drinks that may have whole milk, sugar loaded syrup, more sugar loaded chocolate and a large dollop of whip cream. 

A few months ago I decided to do some undercover investigative work for a Sync Fitness corporate presentation I did in downtown Seattle.  If you know downtown Seattle, you know there’s a Starbucks on every corner and most of our corporate population lives on the stuff.  I though some education might be necessary.  What I found was frightening, to say the least.

Have you ever checked out the nutritional information for your favorite Starbucks Drink?  You really should.  I’ll make it easy for you:  Note that they default all drinks to grande size with 2% milk, but you can go in and change that data to specify your size and milk of choice.  

You’ll notice that more than a few drinks have the calorie content of an entire meal.  I’m guessing, just guessing, that when you consume a 500 calorie coffee drink, you don’t forgo your lunch because you already drank your lunch calories. 

Also, check out the sugar content.  HOLY COW!  Are you kidding me?!  Some of these drinks have more sugar than TWO cans of pop or a container of Ben & Jerry’s.  REALLY!  If you’re drinking the equivalent of a carton of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream everyday, we need to talk…  sooner than later…

It appears the worst culprits are drinks with peppermint syrup and/or white chocolate syrup.  Those ones have the highest calories and sugar content.  

I’m using Starbucks as an example here, but all coffee shops have similar drinks with similarly horrifying nutritional content.  

So, the moral of the story is unless you want to decrease the amount of food you eat in exchange for “coffee calories”, you should stick to drip coffee, americanos and lattes (lattes with non-fat milk, no flavoring, no whip, that is!) 

To all my clients who work for Starbucks –  no worries, I still love you 🙂 .   

One Comment:

#1 - Shawna Says:


An entire container of Ben and Jerry’s? That’s crazy!

Honestly, I’m a fan of good old fashioned green or peppermint tea, but I love little sample sizes of the sugary drinks when they’re available. It’s the perfect amount!

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