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Is our love of coffee shops fuelling the obesity epidemic ?

Who doesn’t like a coffee? A  catch up with friends, or a quick cuppa grabbed at the station on the way to work. But are we in danger of putting our health at risk by the extra calories we are inadvertently consuming?

The perfect business opportunity.

Whenever, you enter a coffee shop you inevitably have to queue. Here is the perfect opportunity for businesses to market their wares. You are stopped in the queue, directly opposite the tantalising cakes, biscuits and sandwiches. Often you may not be hungry, but after the smell of the teacakes  toasting, the sight of chocolate brownies and the server asking if you would like to order anything else, by the time you get to order your coffee, your willpower has gone completely. You order a croissant, or cake with your coffee and before you know it your best intentions are out the window.

Even if you don’t have a cake but have a hazelnut syrup etc in the coffee and most people buy a regular(medium size) drink, then the calories mount up.

A list of your favourite drinks and cakes

  • COSTA MEDIUM HAZELNUT PRALINE  LATTE……………….361 CALORIES
  • CHOCOLATE BROWNIE ………………………………………………….373 CALORIES
  • STARBUCKS GRANDE CARAMEL LATTE………………………….370 CALORIES
  • STARBUCKS ALMOND CROISSANT………………………………….380 CALORIES

To put that into context,  in one sitting you can consume on average 750 calories.That’s more than half the daily  calories for an average woman!!

How to reduce your calories on your favourite drinks?

It’s not rock science and could save you a few easy calories……..

  • purchase a smaller size coffee.
  • forego the syrup and add stevia to sweeten instead .
  • limit the amount of coffees you drink a day, drink more water.

Did you know that just by consuming 1 coffee less  a day at a cost of £2.50, you could save £17.50 a week . Now that’s got to be worth trying !!

If you have found this article interesting and would like to know more about weight loss and nutrition. Contact me, I provide a free 15 minute consultation! 

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