Summer is officially over. Soon enough we’ll all be bundled up, hiding our bodies. Some of you may be happy to hear that if you haven’t exactly reached your body goals yet. For others, you’ll be upset to hide the living piece of art you’ve crafted, and will try to find any chance to show it off in the winter months. Regardless, the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of maintaining your body. And with fall at our doorstep, we have a warning for you: avoid the pumpkin spice latte.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a Dangerous Drink

This drink has gained immense popularity over the last few years, becoming a meme of its own in many respects. It’s also faced a lot of backlash, with VICE even dedicating a whole article to slandering the drink recently.

The pumpkin spice latte is dangerous!

Look, we’re not in any place to question your taste in drinks, but we want to weigh in on the conversation to tell you that the pumpkin spice latte, as delicious as it may be, is an awful choice if you’re trying to lose weight.

This is because the drink is bursting with almost everything but pumpkin. A 16oz Pumpkin Spice Latte with regular whole milk and whipped cream, as most people have it, packs an astonishing 420 calories, 160 of which are fat calories. To make matters worse, the drink also has 52 grams of carbohydrates, and 50 grams of sugar.

The non-fat milk and no whipped cream option, meanwhile, comes out to 260 calories, 51 grams of carbohydrates, and 49 grams of sugar. This may seem a little better, sure, but if you compare it to a regular latte with no pumpkin spice, it has double the amount of calories, and more than double the carbohydrates and sugar.

Essentially, the drink is a perfectly brewed concoction for weight gain.

What To Choose Instead of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

So, what can you do instead, you’re probably asking? A simple answer is to drink black coffee. This is by far the healthiest option of all coffees. A 16oz brewed coffee at Starbucks will mean just 5 calories added to your daily count. This also avoids a lot of the negative effects that sugar and milk bring along.

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If you’re not ready for black coffee this fall, and still need a milk fix, we recommend a simple cappuccino. A 16oz cappuccino at Starbucks with non-fat milk will cost you 80 calories, and just 12 grams of carbohydrates.

One pumpkin spice latte this fall isn’t going to break the scale, but we know the “I’ll just have one” mentality usually never works out as intended. At the same time, though, losing weight should start with compromises, not sacrifice. So, for now, make that switch to the cappuccino, and work your way down from there.

You’ll lose weight, and save yourself from being the butt of many jokes to come. Win-win!

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