What it Takes to Burn Off: Popular Starbucks Drinks

As far as I am concerned, summer is Frappuccino time, and this summer’s flavors seem better than ever!  Below are some popular drinks, and the treadmill equivalent 😉

PLEASE NOTE, the purpose of this post is not to bash delicious, frothy, caffeinated beverages.  I love these kinds of drinks, and as far as I’m concerned, if I’m going to buy a coffee rather than make my own, you better believe its going to have whipped cream on top.  This post is really meant to show you how these treats can add up in the calorie department, and what that means for your exercise plan.

For drama’s sake, I went with grande, whole milk, whipped cream, the whole shebang versions of each drink.

1) (my favorite) Caramel Macchiato – 270 calories

sb1The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 30 minutes!

2) White Chocolate Mocha – 430 calories

sb2The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 45 minutes

3) Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino – 510 calories

sb3The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 60 minutes

4) S’mores Frappuccino – 500 calories

sb4The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 60 minutes

5) Chai Tea Latte – 220 calories

sb5The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 22 minutes

6) Cinnamon Dolce Latte – 310 calories

sb6The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 32 minutes

7) Tiramisu Latte – 290 calories

sb7The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 31 minutes

8) Java Chip Frappuccino – 470 calories

sb8The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 49 minutes

9) Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino – 400 calories

sb9The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 42 minutes

10) Cafe Mocha – 400 calories

sb10The average 140 lb woman would have to run at 5 mph, at a 1% grade for 42 minutes

Of course everyone’s metabolic rate is going to be different.  Working at lower intensities, i.e. walking on the treadmill, or on a flat will take more time to burn those calories, and working at a higher intensity will take less time.

These drinks aren’t terrible as long as you treat them as what they are: a treat.  If a Frappuccino is your everyday coffee however, those calories will add up during the week, and no matter what fad trends are out there, research continues to show that calorie expenditure (be it by burning more, or eating less), is the best way to lose weight.

Final thoughts: Having a good day?  Treat yourself!  Having a bad day?  Treat yourself.  As long as you don’t treat yourself every day – moderation is key!

Coffee break anyone?

-Juliane, ACSM CEP

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3 thoughts on “What it Takes to Burn Off: Popular Starbucks Drinks

    1. I had one of the s’mores frapps the other day. It was delicious – no regrets, but definitely eye opening when you find out the calorie count! It was a wake-up call just writing this post 🙂

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