Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Case Study No. 1876: Christine Hall

Woman loses 85lbs on Starbucks Diet, constant diarrhea?
A woman loses 85 pounds eating exclusively at Starbucks restaurants. I say good for her, many of us could afford to lose sound pounds, but Starbucks??? Expensive as hell. You would be broke and coffee runs me to the toilet in minutes.So maybe that's her secret , the runs....
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[scene opens with an older female librarian entering a Starbucks and waving to the barista behind the counter]
FRANK: Hi, Christine!
CHRISTINE: Hi, sweetie!
[she gives her a kiss on the cheek]
NARRATOR: Sixty-six year old Christine Hall calls this Starbucks her second home. That's because she eats all of her meals here. In two years, she's lost nearly eighty five pounds.
[cut to the librarian ("Christine Hall, Starbucks Dieter") speaking directly to the camera]
CHRISTINE: Losing weight's hard, but I realized I could do it. I had found a system that works.
[cut to a graphic showing a calculator on a dinner plate]
NARRATOR: She says she lost all that weight by counting calories, and Starbucks has made it easier lately by putting nutrition information on the labels of their packaged foods. That helps her keep track of how much she's eating.
[cut back to inside of the Starbucks]
CHRISTINE: [in voice over] A lotta people look at the top shelf and they think, "Oh, it's muffins and fattening things." But look down on the second shelf, there are really healthy choices.
[cut to a photograph of a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of coffee, as "145 Calories" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: She starts her day with oatmeal and black coffee, one hundred forty five calories.
[cut to a photograph more packaged food from Starbucks, as "220-460 Calories" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: Lunch and dinner, a panini or bistro box. Those range anywhere from two hundred and twenty to four hundred and sixty calories per meal.
[cut to a closeup of the Starbucks Ham & Swiss Hot Panini]
CHRISTINE: [in voice over] To get the protein every now and then, I get a ham and cheese panini and that's three-forty.
[cut back to the librarian speaking directly to the camera]
CHRISTINE: If I go for a bike ride, I can come back and have a brownie.
[cut to a woman typing on her laptop]
NARRATOR: Dietician Rebecca Scritchfield says this approach might be difficult to sustain.
[cut to the woman ("Rebecca Scritchfield, Registered Dietician") speaking directly to the camera]
REBECCA: What we know about diets is that they don't work in the long term.
[cut to the librarian walking out of the Alexandria Law Library]
NARRATOR: Worse yet, fad diets can lead to malnutrition.
[cut back to the dietician speaking directly to the camera]
REBECCA: When you follow something that eliminates entire food groups, or limits you to one particular restaurant, it's very difficult to be healthy and meet all of your nutrition needs.
[cut to the librarian walking down the street]
NARRATOR: Christine says she's feeling better than ever.
[cut back to the librarian speaking directly to the camera]
CHRISTINE: Nothing hurts anymore. 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.


From today.com:

Christine Hall didn't join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.

Instead, as she lost the weight over the last few years, almost everything she consumed has come from Starbucks.

A law librarian with two jobs, she gets her meals from the Starbucks right near work, where employees have cheered on the 5-foot, 4-inch Hall as she's gone from weighing 190 to a trim 114 pounds.

As she tracked her calorie intake online, she started eating almost exclusive at Starbucks two years ago because it's convenient and the products include calorie information.

"I have a busy schedule, so it just works for me," says Hall, 66, of Alexandria, Va. "I know exactly what I'm getting. I can plan my day in advance because I've memorized the calories in everything."

And, Hall says she's eating a healthy variety of foods, with her doctor's approval. "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."

Hall said her weight never came up at checkups, though she reached a high of 212 pounds in November, 2009. But it did become an issue when, at 200 pounds, she was rejected as a kidney donor.

"The kidney doctor was the first who had the nerve to say, 'Let's talk about your weight,'" Hall said.

She started keeping a written food diary and lost 10 pounds. By May 10, 2010, at 190 pounds, she discovered the MyPlate calorie tracker at livestrong.com and started buying all of her food from Starbucks.

She eventually lost 40 pounds, enough to become an altruistic kidney donor in a 32-person kidney swap in November, 2010.

She kept going, losing about two pounds a week at the beginning, and sometimes eating as little as 876 calories in a day.

A daily menu could consist of oatmeal for breakfast and a 5-calorie cup of coffee, a "bistro box" with fruit and cheese for lunch, and, she said, "I love a panini for dinner because it fills me up."

Registered dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic says there's no doubt that Hall found weight-loss success. But anyone looking to lose weight should make sure they're meeting their nutritional requirements, she said.

"It's one thing to choose foods that are low in calories, but it's another thing to choose low-calorie foods that are nutritionally balanced," said Jamieson-Petonic, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Not to mention that constantly dining out -- even if it is just at the local Starbucks -- can be costly. "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."

Jamieson-Petonic suggests choosing budget- and waistline-friendly foods like legumes, brown rice, whole grains and frozen fruits and vegetables to "stretch your food dollars." If you're mindful about it, she adds, "Preparing meals at home can cost half the price of dining out."

Hall is still eating at Starbucks, enough calories to maintain her weight, which gives her a body mass index in the normal range of just under 20.

"I want to keep it at 20 or below for the rest of my life, and that's a very healthy place to be," Hall said. It's a stark contrast to when she struggled with obesity. "I has sleep apnea and I was tired all the time," Hall said. "My joints hurt. It hurt to stand up. I was in trouble." Now, she says, she has no medical problems, takes no medication and feels "like I'm 15."

"I'm so blessed with good health," she said. "I sleep like a baby and I have tons of energy. It's great."


From abajournal.com:

Law Librarian Attributes Weight Loss to Starbucks Diet
Posted Oct 12, 2012 02:14 pm CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

Move over, Jared.

A law librarian says she lost nearly 80 pounds by eating out, but she didn't go to Subway.

Christine Hall, 66, says she managed to lose weight by buying most of her meals from Starbucks, Today reports. Above the Law notes the story and identifies Hall as director of the Alexandria Law Library and a part-time reference librarian at George Mason University School of Law.

Hall typically ate oatmeal and coffee for breakfast, a bistro box with fruit and cheese for lunch, and a panini for dinner, Today says. Her new weight is 114 pounds. She is now on a maintenance diet and eating a healthy variety of foods, Hall tells Today.

Hall got serious about weight loss after a doctor cited her weight in refusing to allow her to become a kidney donor. After losing part of the weight, she became a donor in November 2010.

Today spoke with a dietician who cautioned that it's important to eat a nutritionally balanced diet when losing weight.

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