Anonymous asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

Special K!?

ok I need help here pls? is any kellogg brand ceral considered part of the specail k diet??? also can ur normal meal be lunch or does it have 2 be dinner??? thanx

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Special K Diet

    • Eat a serving of Kellogg's® Special K®, Special K® Red Berries, Special K® Vanilla Almond, Special K® Fruit & Yogurt or Special K® Low Carb Lifestyle Protein Plus cereal with 2/3 cup skim milk and fruit for two meals a day.

    • Eat your third meal as you normally do.

    • For snacks, choose from fresh fruits and vegetables or a Special K® Bar.

    • Consume beverages as you normally do.

    Special K claim that the diet is "based on valid research conducted at leading universities". In typical hard-sell fashion, they fail to provide the reference or provide a link to the "valid research". After some digging, I found the aforementioned study.

    Yes - People Lost Weight

    It made interesting reading, and effectively backed up some of the claims from Special K. According to my reading, the mean weight loss was less than 2 kg (4.4 pounds) in the 2 week period.

    A basic low fat diet

    So what's the magic? There is no magic. The women in the study ate less than they normally did. According to the study, the women in the Special K group were eating about 2200 kcals per day. When they started substituting the cereal meals they dropped daily intake by about 640 kcals per day. Furthermore, a lot of those calories were from fat (~39 grams or 351 kcals).

    Good or What?

    Personally I think incorporating some cereals into your diet can be good - but there are some caveats here:

    Satiety - From experience, I've noticed that wolfing down a bowl of cereal doesn't always curb the hunger pangs. However having a bit more protein in the mix does keep the pangs at bay.

    Nutrition - The simple truth is - Special K is better than what most people eat, but it still contains such gems as High Fructose Corn Syrup. Serving for serving, it has less potassium and fiber than oats, and more sugar. Compare here and here.

    The Claim

    "Lose 6 Pounds in 2 Weeks

    "If you currently have a poor diet, but substitute it with our cereal - you may lose 4.4 pounds over the first two weeks. You will be probably feel very hungry while restricting your calories, and will may find eating cereal for dinner or lunch to be untenable after a while. Boredom could well set in. History shows that a low-fat, higher-carb diet can work, but in the long run it may backfire".

    That said - you could do a lot worse than eating cereal, skim milk, and fruit - it's a lot healthier than the average American meal...

  • 1 decade ago

    the Kellogg brand cereal that is part of the Special K diet is "Special K" sort of like corn flakes or something. Not sure what you mean by "normal meal", but if you mean a more like a sit down meal rather than eating in a hurry & on the run, I've read many, many times & heard over & over again how much healthier it is to eat a bigger meal at lunch (in the middle part of the day) than at dinner (evening meal). Probably because usually we are more active in the afternoon & more apt to not just sit around the whole time after we eat.

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think your normal meal can be either lunch or dinnner. It's best to make your biggest meal lunch. That way your body has time to digest it before bedtime.

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  • 5 years ago

    Use it to start your day off its not bad for a diet!

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