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Special K Challenge

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  • Established: Parent company Kellogg’s in 1906
  • Founder: Will Keith Kellogg
  • Stock Symbol: K
  • Headquarters: Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Accessibility: Online communities, book
  • Diet Type: Low-calorie, two meals per day replaced with cereal
  • Gender: Female

You've probably seen the commercials - excited women dancing around with bowls of Special K cereal. You probably don't get this enthused after your morning breakfast, but does yours help you lose weight?

The Special K Challenge says that if you'll follow their simple dietary guidelines, including two bowls of Special K cereal each day, you can lose up to six pounds in just two weeks.

The Special K Challenge promotes a community effort, by partnering with Yahoo Health. There you can join the Special K Challenge group, to participate in forums and chats with other challengers and access weight loss tips.

You're advised to visit with your doctor before beginning the Special K Challenge.

  • A simple approach
  • interactive online community at Yahoo Groups
  • Fast approach to weight loss that is relatively healthy
  • High fiber diet

The Special K Challenge is much like a meal replacement diet. You'll begin the day with a bowl of Special K cereal for breakfast with skim milk and fruit. Then replace your typical lunch with a bowl of Special K cereal. You'll then enjoy the dinner of your choosing - the healthier the better. Throughout the day you should consume plenty of fruits and vegetables to replace unhealthy snacks.

Special K has a variety of cereals and snacks to help you stay committed to the program. There are six cereals including Red Berries, Vanilla Almond and Chocolatey Delight. There are also many flavors and varieties of snack bars, protein meals, shakes, cereal bites and bars. Plus, the recent addition of Special K2O Protein water in refreshing flavors like Strawberry Kiwi and Lemon Twist. It should be noted that some of these food items, like the protein bars, contain partially hydrogenated oils- which means they are a source of trans fats.


There is not any guidance provided from Special K regarding exercise.


If you're looking for something to jump-start your weight loss, maybe you can try this for a week or two. Maybe it will be a physiological boost for you to continue. Otherwise, the idea of an obviously temporary eating plan seems like a losing proposition. Be sure to read the food labels of all of the Special K items as you'll want to avoid the ones that list partially hydrogentated oil in the ingredients, as this is a source of trans fats.

Common Misspellings

Special K Deit, Special K Diet, Special K Challenge Diet, special k diets

Related Diets: Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet, High Fiber Diet, Slim-Fast

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posted Apr 29th, 2014 10:17 am


I had hit rock bottom 233 lbs at 32yrs old only 5'4". Now nine months later I'm 178 and still working towards my goal of losing 100lbs. I have used Special K throughout the process on and off so my body didn't get in a rut with it. I would say Special K was a life changing help for me!

posted Feb 22nd, 2013 1:44 am


I started the diet on Janaury 9, 2013 and have lost 6 lbs already (hooray) I have the cereal with a 1/2 bananal for breakfast & lunch and a regular dinner with no bread. Trying to drink lost of water and eat lots of fruits and also the Special K 90 calories bar as a snack. I haven't been able to exercise because I'm recovery from surgery but plan to start in Feb. This plan is working for me. Good luck to everyone on the plan.

posted Jan 14th, 2013 7:39 pm


Can teens do the Special K Challenge? I am 13 years old and i would like to know if i can do the challenge i am 5'51/2" and weigh about 140 and i would like to lose weight .

posted Mar 14th, 2012 2:53 am


Monday, Jan 16, 2012 will mark my daughter & my 2 weeks on this diet. So far, I have lost 5 lbs., more than my daughter because I weigh more. We have a protein shake for breakfast, a crisp & fruit for morning snack, cereal & milk & a fruit for lunch, crackers for afternoon snack, and one of the dinner recipes in the evening & dessert if suggested with the dinner recipe. We also exercise, Mon, Wed, Fri on a Bowflex treadclimber; Tues, Thurs & Sat using a pilates video. Rarely get hungry. Sometimes add a lot more veggies to evening meal. A favorite is smothered cabbage with carmelized onions (no sugar added). Plan to continue beyond the 2 weeks.

posted Jan 13th, 2012 6:32 pm


I've been on this plan since the 11th of January. I'm enjoying it. I'm following the plan and drinking lots of water and doing as much exercise (walking dogs & cleaning house) as much as possible. I've lost three pounds in three days! Yahoo!!

posted Jan 13th, 2012 6:15 pm


I've been on this for 1 week (yeah I know, not a long time) and GAINED 2 POUNDS!!!! I followed it exactly as planned, now what? Oh by the way, I exercise too.

posted Jan 13th, 2012 2:12 pm


I did this last year around this time, and I got down to my goal weight, just before I found out I was expecting #3. I'm looking to get back there again. I love all the bars and shakes, and the snack bars are great too, very filling. I also drank a lot of water, and tried to get some good excerise, but chasing babies all day long really helps with that... I think if you are looking for something to help get to started this is the way to go, I really saw results, and it helped give me the boost I needed. Also, you need to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes, and plan healthy dinner meals. It's common sense for most, but others need more guidence!!! Hope everyone is doing great and best of luck!!!

posted Jan 8th, 2012 11:16 pm


Today is my second day of the Special K diet and i like it so far except that i am hungry. I'm used to eating whatever i want but since i had surgery on my foot i havent been able to do much physical activity but im healing now so with a cardio program and this short diet i am very optimistic. I am 19 and 5'3" and 128. i used to weigh 110. I would like to get down to that but i know your only supposed to lose a few lbs with this diet so i think it will be a great jumpstart. Thanks to everyone who is so motivating!

posted Oct 24th, 2011 10:38 am


i actually just started it today i am very excited i hope it works! but what else could i do besides the speacial k and work out i know eat healthy and good meal plans?!

posted Oct 12th, 2011 11:32 pm


Well I tried this for the two weeks and lost 2 pounds of the 6 I want to loose. I was down 4 pounds at one point, but it didn't last more than a day. I swung around a lot on this diet. I did NOT loose any inches anywhere. I followed everything to the letter save for a single day that I went over 1500 calories. Most days I didn't hit 1100. All that sacrifice for little reward. Working out and even just walking each day is pretty much manditory for any weight loss, just eating less can help if you have a lot to loose, but if you are like me and only want to loose a pant size and a few pounds, it just won't do.

posted Sep 23rd, 2011 10:40 am


Im wondering if the challenge really only 11 and i am '5.3.i already weigh 160 pounds and i have no idea what to thinking of taking the challenge and spent an hour reading the comments.dont judge me just cause im only 11.plz. any suggestions?

posted Sep 17th, 2011 6:56 pm


Would the Special K Challenge be a safe for a 13 yr old?? i am only 13 yrs old ... i am about 5'3 and weigh 130 pounds i really am trying to lose weight and was wondering if it wold be safe to start this diet... i exercise regularly . i would like to start it but am still debating on weather it would be healthy for me only being 13 !! please respond fast i was thinking about going today to buy the stuff thanks :)

posted Sep 3rd, 2011 1:05 pm


I have been trying to watch the special with Dr Gupta abotu Reversing heart disease and on his website he mentions the number one food is Special K. I am excited to try it and will post once I lose some lbs. I have 4 stents in my heart. Will do anything to reverse this gene I inherited from my Dad!

posted Aug 31st, 2011 9:04 am

Billy gun.

This diet works,but you dont have to buy the special k cereal,you can do it with regular corn flakes or any generic brand,breakfast a bowl of cereal with banana,lunch wherever you want,and for dinner another bowl of cereal,and drink water,and u will lose weight.

posted Jul 31st, 2011 5:44 pm


A few years ago I tried this diet and was successful. I am 4'10 and was 108 pounds and dropped my weight down to 103 in two weeks! I'm trying this diet again because it is summer and I think this is a great way to kick start my goal of staying in shape!
Stick to it and have self control! You must remember that cheating on a diet will do your body no good if you want to cheat yourself! I'm currently 110 and hope to lose 10 pounds in the next few months and tone up!!

posted Jun 22nd, 2011 2:40 pm


I am 15 years old, about 5'11 or so, and weigh about 207 pds... My parents are doing a great plan from a nutritionist and have lost a great amount of weight, but the food has a bit of an aquired taste, and it's really hard for me to eat it all day. I've loved Special K cereal since I was little, so when I went to Walmart today I planned on just getting a box. I saw on the front that you could lose an inch off your waist in 2 weeks, and me, being very unhappy with my weight and figure, wanted to take up on the challenge. I got two boxes of cereal, a box of cereal bars, and some granola (all Special K brand). The only part I dont have is the skim milk. So I plan on starting it tomorrow. Does anyone know any healthy choices I could use for dinner? The meal plan my parents are using recommends as much protein as possible (chicken, eggs, turkey, no red meat). Would that be good for me to have for dinner, or would it make a difference? Any suggestions?

posted Jun 11th, 2011 8:31 pm


I've spent the past hour reading all of the reveiws from everyone and seems like there are only a few that truly understand this entire concept. To the RN who made the statement about the guy to you!
I've put on about 10 pounds after several years of being my ideal weight thanks to Weight Watchers. In fact, I"m a Lifetime member but I do think the Special K program will jumpstart me again and get me, and keep me motivated to watch my food intake.
I believe if you have a goal, like the girl going to her prom, that helps. Goals are so important! My husband is taking me on a cruise in August to renew our wedding vows so that is my goal! I'm excited to be starting this program tomorrow. tonight I'm heading to the grocery store.....thanks for all the input everyone! will keep you all posted! Happy Memorial Day!

posted May 27th, 2011 4:06 pm

nusrat shama

after my higher secondery exm i had lots of holidays..tht time i became a lot fat.around 150 pounds.tht time i tried a special diet and yoga.i lost 25 pounds in one i m turning fat again.but no time for excercise.because now i m an architecture i m starting k diet.along with slimming green tea and some other slimming drink like lemon juice with honey...i hope it works...lets see...wish me luck

posted May 10th, 2011 9:07 pm


I am 15 years old, 5'7-5'8 and weigh about 150.
When I moved in with my friend i weighed 134 and was wearing size 6-7 jeans. I am now size 8-9. None of jeans fit. There all sitting in dresser waiting to be worn again! I am starting the challenge on Monday. I will update in 2 weeks if it has worked for me. If it does i will continue it untill I reach my goal of 130-135! Wish Me Luck Ya'll! I Might Need It!

posted Apr 30th, 2011 10:53 pm


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