(Ace) asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 decade ago

special K diet works?

would the diet help lose 6 lbs

i want to be 115, which just happens to be my goal.

I've been dieting and exorcising for the past 3 weeks and my weight hasn't changed at all.

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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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  • 4 years ago

    Well for me a proper diet has worked. I follow a proper routine which includes proper food, rich in minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, etc and to know more about diet check the link given below.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here is a web site that talks about various ways to lose weight from exercise to supplements and even compares the various ways. Also has a BMI counter

    http://www.gonefat.com/index.html

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