does special k diet really work?
im looking to loose a couple lbs. thanks :)
- nyLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
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
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®
• 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.
"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
Yes, but the key (that most people forget) is that it's based on ONLY eating 2/3 of a cup of cereal at each sitting with SKIM milk.
Honestly do you know how little 2/3 of a cup are!? Lol, I like Special K but often think "holy crap don't people get tired of eating cereal all day?"
Likely that you could lose the same amount of weight with most low fat cereals if you only ate a tiny bowl for a meal (as directed) whether it was special k or something else.
So yes, it works but only if you actually eat it in the instructed portions using low-fat milk.
- Anonymous4 years ago
There are three main ways to lose weight quickly.
1) Use only water as liquid and eliminate all other liquid drinks from your diet. You must drink as much water as possible every day. You must drink about half of your weight. If you have weight of 200 pounds then you must drink about 100 oz of water.
2) The interval between the eating is very important. If you eat once, then you must eat next after 4 hours. You must take breakfast regularly. In the night eat your food three hours before going to bed.
3) Walking is very good. You must walk as much as you can. Walk everywhere you can. Use of elevators and escalators must be reduced and instead of these you must climb stairs more often.
These are some of the fastest ways to lose weight. By just following the simple steps, you can lose your weight very quickly. You must consult your doctor if want to change your diet or exercise routine.
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- 1 decade ago
I've tried it and it worked for me. Special K has so many food and drink products out now-that it dosn't get boring like a regular diet.
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- i_was_myselfLv 71 decade ago
Yes, but it will leave you hungry more than likely while on the diet. The target of the diet is realistic.
- 1 decade ago
im about to start this tomorrow... so im not sure really
ive asked the same question though : many people have commented it . and the majority say it works, but some have said that they didnt keep the weight off
hope this helps,
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