For the first time in about a year, I had tall a Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte on Monday. It tasted like a warm hug on a cool Beaver Creek day. It was the perfect balance of sweet and toasty with a nice touch of cinnamon. It was heaven in a cup.
There's a reason, though, it was the first one I had in a long time: consuming lattes regularly, even skinny ones, can be a fat pill.
A tall skinny latte has 100 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates. That's not a lot BUT skim milk is a carbohydrate that your body breaks down into glucose AKA sugar. If you drink too much of it, it's stored as fat. When you drink a skinny latte, you're adding more simple carbs to your diet. The fatty acids in full-fat milk can help with regulating your weight. There is science to support full-fat dairy correlating to a lower risk of obesity.
Carbs do not make you fat. Excess carbs do and that's what too many skinny lattes can become: excess carbohydrates.
Let's think about this realistically: do you often just get a tall latte? Is it usually a grande? Do you drink lattes five days a week? Do you sometimes drink more than one a day? Registered dietician Tanya Zuckerbrot told Elle magazine that skim lattes are like taking two slices of white bread and putting them in a coffee cup. (Candidly, I think her math is off a bit. She claims that skim lattes have 35 grams of carbs. A skim venti latte has 25 grams of carbs, according to Starbucks official nutrition menu). Her point about consuming too many simple carbohydrates is worth considering.
I Was A Fat Skinny Latte Drinker
When I was fat, I was a skinny latte drinker. I stopped drinking lattes regularly and swapped them for plain, old brewed coffee. I now drink coffee with milk (whole or 2%), almond milk, half & half, hazelnut/french vanilla coconut creamer or whatever else I have on hand. I always add a liberal dash of cinnamon which adds a wealth of healthy benefits. I didn't drop a ton of weight immediately but it is one of those little changes that has made a big impact over the long haul and has helped me lose 55 pounds.
Bonus? I'm also saving money. A latte costs more than $3. Drip coffee is a little more than a buck when you purchase it in a coffee shop. It's even less expensive when you brew it at home.
I'm not saying you should give up your latte. Think about limiting it to just once a week and consider going with a full-fat version. You will enjoy it more, feel fuller and save a few bucks in the process.
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