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Woman loses 85 pounds on Starbucks diet

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Every coffee shop has its regulars. But 66-year-old Christine Hall calls Starbucks her second home.

That's because Hall eats all of her meals there, and she said it's helped her to lose nearly 85 pounds in two years.

"Losing weight is hard," Hall said. "But I realized I could do it. I found a system that worked."

Hall said she lost all that weight by counting calories.

Starbucks puts nutrition information on the labels of their packaged foods. That made it easy to keep track of exactly how much she was eating.

"A lot of people look at the top shelf and they think its muffins and fattening things, but look down on the second shelf and there are really healthy choices," Hall said.

So she starts her day with oatmeal and black coffee – a total of 145 calories.

Lunch and dinner is a Panini or bistro box - depending on which kind, that's anywhere from 220 to 460 calories per meal.

"To get the protein every now and then, I get the ham and cheese panini and that's 340 (calories)," Hall said. "If I go for a bike ride, I can come back and have a brownie."

But registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield said Hall may have trouble maintaining her Starbucks diet.

"What we know about diets is that they don't work in the long term," Scritchfield said, warning if Hall isn't careful, she could suffer from malnutrition.

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