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Special K Challenge

Are you up for this special 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
BACKGROUND

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.

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

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.

EXERCISE

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

CONCLUSION

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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cheryl senyk

im going to start this diet and see how its works for me,i love the taste and the added bonus is low in fat... best of luck to myself and everyone who is trying this.

posted Jan 26th, 2009 12:21 am


Nanaz

Currntly 67.5 kg. I gained like 5 kgs in one month! Depression&stress:(..so yeah, i guess I should start a diet now.
It's one of my new year's resolutions. I followed strict diets, but I ended up gaining double the weight i lost, so i guess this is a cool one for me.

Tommorow I'll start the Special K challenge! I hope I'll reach 60 soon~ hahah.

Best of luck to all.

posted Jan 21st, 2009 11:23 am


Sophie

I am starting my diet today.I hope to lose weight, at least 20 pounds in all I want to lose, I really hope this works for me.

posted Jan 19th, 2009 4:39 pm


Danielle

I just started it today! I am hungry as well...but I think my stomach will adjust. Those who question if it is a healthy plan...I believe it is for a short term to quick start your weight loss. If you read the contents on the packaging it includes many vitamins that are essential for our body as well as the appropriate amount of nutrition in other areas. ....anyway...if it works I will post again soon!

posted Jan 19th, 2009 3:48 pm


IStalkKyoSama

Weight: 105 lbs.
Height: 5'5"
Hoping to lose: 10-15 lbs.

I just started this diet yesterday, and all I can say is: I'M STARVING!
Although this is a great diet, and easy too, it's just really hard the first couple of days while your stomach is adjusting to this new eating habit.
However, I will not accept defeat (yet)!
I will admit that I have caved in a few times, but I'm getting better everyday.

Here's an example of what I'm eating:

Breakfast: Bowl of cereal or cereal bar or 2 special k waffles w/o syrup.

Lunch: a meal bar

Snack: cereal bar

Dinner: My choice.

(Throughout the day I'm also nibbling on some veggies and fruit)

And then for my other snack, I just drink protein water throughout the day.
And I have given up on soda which is REALLY hard for me!
And I shall weigh myself once a week.
I sure hope that I can keep this up. :)

I'll repost in a few weeks or so.

Good luck to everyone! :)


posted Jan 18th, 2009 10:36 pm


Diane

I had my husband help take my measurements and I was so surprised at what I had gained over one year. I star ted the special K diet a week ago but I have a bad back what can I do for exercise that wouldn't my back any more than it is?

posted Jan 18th, 2009 11:52 am


leslie

Im going to be starting this diet this monday depending on how good it goes i might make it a longer thing. It doesnt seem unhealthy to me at all you just need to add in fruit and veggies throughout the day i have the cereal and the cereal bars and now they have meal replacement bars..so insted of eating cereal twice a day you have cereal in the morning.protein snack bar,Meal Bar for Lunch,Another Snack Bar,And then for dinner your choice of Food.
Hopefully it works but of course with any diet you will get better results excercising also.

posted Jan 18th, 2009 11:26 am


lizzy

I loved the cereal and snack bars, but didn't lose much anything. maybe 2 lbs.
was on it for 2 weeks.
seems like if you have a higher BMI, then i can see that you could lose up to 6 lbs.
Well.... am I correct in that?
I do exercise 7 days a week for 30 min. and strength train 3 times a week for 30 min.... so its not like I am not exercising.
I have one main meal at lunch.
watching portions too..

posted Jan 15th, 2009 12:55 pm


Tracy

These posts really inspired me! So I ran out to Walmart today and got two boxes of the Special K cereal. I am a vegan (meaning I don't eat meat or dairy) so I have a limited supply of the flavors of the Special K cereal that I can eat. In any event, I got the Protein Plus and the Red Berries.

I have lost 80 pounds on my own diet and now I need to refocus after several days of bad eating.

I am looking to lose about 40 more pounds and I am confident that I can achieve that goal by the end of February (at least) .

I exercise 3-6 times a week already. Though I am going to start strictly doing 6 days a week.

I have a plan. A one day V8 juice fast tomorrow to jumpstart my weight loss and then everyday after that, Special K with soymilk for breakfast and lunch. A sensible dinner. Workout 6 days a week for 1.5 - 2 hours. One or two cheat meals per month. And a weekly weigh in.

Good luck to everyone else embarking upon this journey!

posted Jan 10th, 2009 6:48 pm


isha

yes it is great i have lost 3 pounds onthe first. i ate one bowlok special inthe morning and in the evening. in lunch i ate fruits only. and exercised for one hour 20 mins

posted Jan 7th, 2009 12:21 am


Danielle

Lisa your post inspired me, I really need to loose weight and I'm going to do the Special K Challenge!

posted Jan 5th, 2009 4:09 pm


lisa

ive been on the special k diet since oct 1. and i have lost 26 pounds in 2 and a half months. i went from a 16 to a size 8. amazing, and i feel good. I see a few of you are concerned about it being unhealthy. No. i talked to my doctor and she told me as long as I stayed in the 1000- 1200 calorie mark, dont go under that, then youll be fine. She also said some people stay on it permanently. I made this my lifestyle change. not a diet. I eat 1200 calories daily, thats cereal fruit in morning, cereal bar and fruit..snack, lunch cereal bar fruit, snack..cereal bar and vegetables dinner.. a sensible meal and i also eat a small snack in evening..popcorn, crackers, cereal bar fruit, vegetables. and plus i walk 30 minutes daily and drink lots of water and green tea. i cut out soda chips, candy cookies. but i sometimes sneak one here and there, but i dont consume it on a daily basis. you will lose weight if your motivated enough. just remember to cut out things that was causing you to gain weight. instead of fried foods, bake or broil them. i eat fish twice a week. when i cook i only make meat and vegetables and i steam potatoes only. bbut also we dont consume a lot of potatoes. we dont eat much hamburger meat. very very little. we also cutout pastas. that was on our meal weekly. now we enjoy our foods more, and now that we have lost some weight we feel better and have more energy. ive decided to not let food consume me. i dont sit on the couch and eat anymore. no no. we dont allow that anymore. they also say that snacking while watching tv is bad because if your watching a good tv show and eating at the same time, you dont realize how much food you are consuming. i also found that putting certain food in baggies is easier too. its already portioned out for you, so you dont have to eat out of the bag. well i hope some of this helps and have a happy new year, and good luck on your weight loss. remember its not a diet...but a lifestyle change.

posted Jan 5th, 2009 11:45 am


cardel grant

i am going to start my diet today.

posted Jan 5th, 2009 8:37 am


Angel

I am starting the challenge tommorrow, so hopefully I can pull through it and stick with it. I just had my second son and I really need to lose 38 pounds. I know its alot but hopefully I can lose it all with the help of this diet. If this works I'm telling everyone!

posted Jan 4th, 2009 11:30 pm


nickie

im trying it starting today!

posted Jan 2nd, 2009 8:34 pm


Lanie

The problem with this diet is not so much that it doesn't help you lose weight; it's that it doesn't help you lose weight in a healthy manner. Not to align the two precisely, but consider for a moment: If an anorexic person skips two meals a day, or eats only a banana or an apple, for two weeks, of course she'll lose weight and could easily drop a size or more, but she won't be healthy by a long shot. Losing weight isn't the only thing to be aimed for with a diet or weight-loss regiment. If a person wants to lose weight, they not only shouldn't try to do it only by modifying their diet, but they shouldn't be able to do so. Exercise is critical for healthily shedding fatty pounds. And eating healthy food is the way to prevent further unhealthy weight gain or moderation and even help drop unwanted weight, not cutting potentially healthful meals down to a bare minimum of cereal and milk.

posted Dec 30th, 2008 10:27 pm


Kitson

I did the Special K Diet for 2 weeks and I was also doing turbo jam for 45 mins a day. I lost 10lbs during that period on the diet. I would have continued but I got the flu and had to stop. I'm planning on starting back Monday.

posted Dec 27th, 2008 5:55 am


Chelle

I'm looking at the part that says you lose 2 inches. I have been 120 forever and I'm ok with that, but I had a baby and want to get rid of that lower pudge that won't go away. Anyone seeing an actual smaller waistline? I started yesterday (19 Nov) and I'm doing well 2 days into it. If it works, I'll write back.

posted Nov 20th, 2008 4:39 pm


tk

I certainly hope this works cuz I really want to shed those extra pounds.

posted Nov 17th, 2008 5:26 pm


Kimberly

I think that I just might try it!

posted Nov 11th, 2008 6:58 pm



 

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