View Poll Results: Do you get coffee from Starbucks, Dunkin, etc... Daily?

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  1. #1
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    Angry Breaking the daily Starbucks addiction

    Edit: Whoops! That second option on the poll should read "No", Obviously

    So I got some bad news from the old bathroom scale last week.



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    Through most of 2016, I was actively dieting. I started cutting back on the cream and sugar on my daily coffee, and eventually I was down to two cups of black coffee a day(for a few weeks, at least).

    That just wasn't sustainable for me. I kinda got used to the taste, but it always messed with my stomach, if you know what I mean.

    As I hit my goal (only wanted to lose about 10 pounds), I slowly got less and less restrictive with my daily choices. Before long, I was off the black coffee and home and started 'treating myself' to a couple of Starbucks visits per weeks.

    Somehow I got hooked
    , and for the past few months I've been going nearly every day. I started just getting a 'regular' with a little bit of cream and no sugar, but I eventually caved and started craving my old favorite mochas again. A couple times, I even said 'yes' to the extra whipped cream (whoops!)
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    I don't want to go back to a crazy diet like I was doing last year, but I've started getting conscious again about the little tweaks that I can make, to get this creeping weight gain under control. I know that cutting the daily coffees loaded with sugar and fat, is an 'easy' adjustment that I can start to benefit from right away.

    As crazy as this might sound, I've had a lot of success by using a food scale. It takes me an extra couple seconds to put my mug on there every morning and measure out about 30grams of cream (60 calories). It's tasty enough, compared to straight black coffee, but it's much better than a 500+ calories starbucks drink.

    Oh right, and I'll probably save a ton of money too LOL


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    I had a little fun with it and created a quick visual guide over at my blog - "How many calories in coffee?" Check it out and let me know what you think, if you have a minute.

    It's so hard that first few days, switching to the 'simpler stuff'. How have you guys found best to deal with this tendency to 'slip' into the more extravagant daily drinks?
    Last edited by lizthorn; 03-15-2017 at 12:37 PM.

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    I came to prefer my coffee black against my will. Participating in a weight management program of a medical university, I could not have any dairy products for the first thirty days. I thought not being able to have milk in my coffee was a terrible deprivation and could not wait for the 30 days to be over. After drinking black coffee for thirty days, the wonderful day came when I could have milk in my coffee again. Surprise, surprise, I thought it was nasty and wondered why I had adulterated good coffee with milk all those years. My wife had exactly the same reaction and neither of us have put anything in our coffee in many years.

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    It's definitely an acquired taste. I'm glad to hear that you've never gone back!

    Unfortunately I am proof that it is possible to backslide, although now I can tolerate much less dairy since I went through the experience with black.

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    I admit that I like the mocha and french vanilla flavors you can add but I use sugar free and use very little of it, I like the coffee taste to stand out with just a hint of the other. If you can find it Hills Brothers makes some fairly good cappuccino mix.

  5. #5
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    Yes! So glad you brought this up. Those light flavorings in coffee do add a few calories, but much less than sugar. on the days I drank black it was actually a french vanilla flavored variety.

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    The key is to buy fresh roasted coffee and grind just before brewing... follow those two simple guidelines and you will be amazed at how good some 'black' coffee taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musicphan View Post
    The key is to buy fresh roasted coffee and grind just before brewing... follow those two simple guidelines and you will be amazed at how good some 'black' coffee taste.
    Agreed! I can't believe I forgot to mention this. The trick is having that extra time to grind and brew, which is not always realistic for me on weekday mornings.

 

 

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