What I found interesting was the interpretation of this means of controlling one's caloric intake by Shape and Men's Health, which took almost opposing views. While neither recommended the Starbucks diet as the best & most balanced means of losing weight, Shape focused on the downsides, such as restricting oneself to a very narrow menu that would border on boring after the 1st week. Men's Health focused on the bigger picture of calories and making healthy choices when faced with temptation.
Personally, I like the Mediterranean diet for its balance of vegetables, lean protein & healthy oils. It also helps that this way of eating has been studied and linked to better health outcomes than any other diet. In case, you're wondering, there are also less expensive ways of eating than stopping by Starbucks three times a day. Let's hope she purchased stock in the company before starting her diet . . .