Special K Diet.

Discussion in 'Dieting, Weight Loss & Fitness' started by jennifer89, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. jennifer89

    jennifer89 Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Does the 'Drop A Jean Size' Special K Diet Exist Anymore? The one where you have 2 of your meals as Bowls of Cereal.

    I Went on the Website but there all different now.
  2. Blah11

    Blah11 ☼ Mummy to Amelie ☼

    May 8, 2008
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    I dont see a point in this 'diet' anyway. Just a clever marketing scheme. You could eat ANYTHING for the same amount of calories and lose exactly the same amount of weight.
  3. jennifer89

    jennifer89 Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2009
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    thanks hun, was just cruious if it was any good, was thinking of trying slimfast for a few weeks to bump start my motivation, need something rigid!
  4. ILoveShoes

    ILoveShoes Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2009
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    I agree with Blah.
    Why not have a try of WW or SW? They both seem quite good.
  5. longtobeamum

    longtobeamum Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2011
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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

    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.

    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".

    I would highly recommend Slimming World. Lost nearly 11lbs in 3 weeks. Healthy eating, 3 meals a day, snacks, and I can still eat chips :)

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