Virginia woman loses 85 pounds by eating only at Starbucks

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(CNN) — A woman from Virginia claims to have lost nearly 85 pounds from eating almost every meal at Starbucks.

Christine Hall said she used to weigh 190 pounds, but she’s now down to 114 pounds after she started buying all her meals from the popular coffee chain two years ago.

“I have a busy schedule, so it just works for me,” Hall said. “I know exactly what I’m getting. I can plan my day in advance because I’ve memorized the calories in everything.”

The 66-year-old law librarian said she likes eating Starbucks’ paninis for dinner because they fill her up. But she makes sure to switch it up, incorporating protein, fruits and vegetables into her diet by buying things like the “bistro box,” which contains fruit and cheese.

Hall started keeping a food diary, and in 2010 she started tracking her calorie intake at livestrong.com. It wasn’t long before she was able to lose 40 pounds, enough to become a healthy kidney donor.

The 5-foot-4 Starbucks devotee said she likes buying her food from Starbucks because it’s convenient and the food includes calorie information.

Eating healthy can be expensive, especially eating out for every meal, but Hall says since she’s been buying her food from Starbucks she has more energy now and feels great.

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