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Anonymous asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

Does the Special K diet work?

I went on to SpecialK.com and they put together a healthy meal plan for me. But it doesnt tell me anywhere what are the stats and how many calories or carbs or any of that stuff. Does it really work and is it healthy for me? Any info would be really appreciated! Thanks :)

Update:

By the way, i was thinking about incorporating meat for dinner so that i could still get my protein, and also eating vegetables with my meat dinner. Im hoping this will help too!

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  • ny
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Kelloggs' Special K brand have been promoting their very own Special

    K Diet Challenge (for a number of years now). Not to be outdone, Kraft

    have "lose 10 pounds" emblazoned on virtually the entire line of

    "Post" brand cereals (called Eat 2 Lose 10)

    Both cereal "diets" are bold and upfront with their claims: "Lose up

    to 6 pounds in 2 weeks!" shouts Special K. Is this for real? Is it

    valid?

    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"

    The Interpretation

    "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...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, it does work, but you shouldn't do it for more than 2 weeks, which they actually tell you on the site.

    I believe that most of the meal plans average out at 1200 calories, but you could easily use fitday or some other website to calculate calorie totals. :)

    p.s. Measure your cereal portions, you'll be surprised how small a portion actually is, LOL!

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  • 4 years ago

    go 20 mph on your bike for 6 1 2 minutes

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    It will definetely make you lose weight, I have a girlfriend who did it and lost a ton of weight!

    BUT she was sick all the time and looked terrible... I would not advise you to ever go on that diet!

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  • 1 decade ago

    those special k diets aren't healthy you need lots of protein and water and green tea is awesome too

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wouldnt say its healthy because all you eat is cereal and that dosnt give you enough nutrients to support your body

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Can't you look on the side of the box? Jeezus!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no. it doesn't. sorry.

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