Thursday, March 01, 2012

Something's got to give

I estimate I am consuming about 1,400 calories a week in my coffee, because I put half & half and agave nectar in my coffee, and I drink two mugs a day.

One pound of body fat equals 3,500 calories. Does this mean that if I quit coffee and take up zero-calorie green tea, I will lose one pound every two and a half weeks?

If that is the case, I could lose 16 pounds by the end of the year, just by quitting coffee.

I have no idea if this would work. I have no idea if I can even quit coffee. I'm thinking about it.

Say I quit coffee. And say I go for a half hour walk every day. I have an app that says that equals 117 calories burned, which would be 819 calories a week. At that rate, I'd lose one pound every 4.2 weeks (not very impressive, is it?). That would end up being 9.5 pounds by the end of the year. Combine that with cutting coffee and we're at 25.5 pounds.

Not too shabby. I'm thinking about it.

In case you're wondering, if you make that a half hour of running, it's 356 calories burned. Let's be realistic and say we're only going to run three times a week, and the rest of the days, we'll walk. That's a total of 1,536 calories burned a week, for a total of one pound lost every 2.3 weeks. At year's end, that'd be 17.4 pounds. Combined with quitting coffee, it could total 33.4 pounds.

That's even more impressive. I'm thinking about it.


  1. I've quit coffee, soda, and alcohol ;) it's not easy, but change one behavior every 30 days and eventually you can make permanent changes.

  2. I drink my coffee with skim milk and no sugar. I don't have to quit drinking it, right?

  3. let not get crazy in here (quitting coffee?!) how about using something instead of half and half with the agave nectar, still. i use this lactose free stuff from trader joes, its really good and has less fat and calories than half n half.

  4. Sandra - that's inspiring!

    Mandy - Are you trying to tell me something? hahaha ...

    Holly - if I can't have my coffee this way, I don't want it. I know that seems stubborn, but I am. :) Also, all my fertility books tell me I shouldn't be drinking coffee anyway, so maybe I should finally give it the boot. *sob*

  5. Just be sure not to replace those 200 calories with something else (like a glass of wine). I mean, if you are talking about 200 calories, you could give up something else. But, then it gets difficult to figure out and you have to count. BOO. Giving up something you love sucks.
    Personally, I think the exercise would be beneficial and it could be something you actually enjoy.

  6. I had to switch from coffee to tea because I realized coffee was giving me heartburn. I still miss it on rainy mornings, but it's not all that bad.

    I also use splenda instead of agave. I don't think it's super good for me, but it's such an easy way to cut calories.

  7. I just went back on WW. I'm missing everything good in life.