Let’s face it, Fall is here and all the Pumpkin spice products have now been released. To many this is fantastic news since Starbucks has once again released their infamous Pumpkin spice latte. However, have you ever put into persepctive if a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte can hinder your physique and weight loss goals? Let’s go ahead and dive deeper.
What’s inside a Starbucks Pumpkin spice Latte?
From just looking at the outside, a Starbucks Pumpkin spice latte has Whipped cream, Syrups, Milk, and Espresso. However, what is the main ingredient that can typically hinder your physique? Sugar. If you didn’t already know, High-sugar diets elevates blood sugar, insulin resistance, and leptin resistance — which results in gaining excessive unwanted and unsexy fat.
Diving a bit deeper, a grande PSL contains 50 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, Men should be consuming up to 37.5 grams of sugar per day while Women should be consuming 25 grams per day. So if you put this into perspective, one Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte amounts to twice as much of the recommended sugar intake for a healthy adult.
Grande PSL Macros
Fats: 14 grams
Carbs: 52 grams
Protein: 14 grams
Now I’m not saying NOT to drink a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, it’s actually awesome to drink from time to time. However, the point is to become savvy about knowing if you can afford to drink this latte (calorie wise).
Which is why you need to really plan ahead of times with your meals.
If you know you’re going to drink a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, plan your meals based off the Macros of the PSL.
More so, plan to burn it off. I would highly suggest doing fasted cardio in the morning with a hybrid weight training / conditioning in the evening.
An average workout will burn around 400-600 calories. Of course, this varies completely based on the amount of effort but know that a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is almost equivalent to the number of calories lost in one intense workout.
If you cannot live without consuming pumpkin flavors, luckily there’s leaner alternatives.
One way to do it is to order a smaller size. This cuts the calories and also the sugar.
You can also share a cup with a friend. I believe most people order more than what they need and a couple sips of their favorite drink may just do the trick.
Lastly, you may want to check out our awesome protein pumpkin bread recipe. Eat this breakfast with black coffee and you would save yourself tons of extra calories and sugar.
So now that you have a fresh perspective of what’s truly in a PSL, hopefully you’ll adjust your macros so you can stay on track with your fitness goals.