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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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I just started the Special K diet yesterday. I like the taste and the bars are delicious! I am finding that I am still hungry in the evenings . My prob is sitting watching TV. I like to snack! I will be good for 2 wks and follow the diest, if I don't see a change I will have to try something else.

posted Mar 4th, 2008 2:43 pm


Really if you people are starving it's because the portions you ate before were too BIG! you're only supposed to eat servings the size of your fist. In starting this diet i had to shrink my stomach by letting the feeling of hunger happen. The thing is hunger is an emotion and goes away. Special K is a tool to lose the initial weight and to shrink your stomach so when you're off you can eat healthy and eat smaller portions to maintain the weight that you lost.

posted Mar 3rd, 2008 3:28 pm


i just started the challenge yesterday and i hope that i really see some results, but overall i know that i can stick to it and make it work.good luck to all!!!!!

posted Feb 26th, 2008 4:01 pm


I think the girl that is 73lbs should really get off the diet! Are you nuts? I love the specila k cereal and the feel hunger drinks. i will stay on the diet. i was 189lb and now i'm 178. doesn't sound like much weight loss, but i think if you get on this diet you should drink lots of water and exercise daily.


Yea, that 73 lb. girl really needs to STOP! I dont think you are loosing weight on the diet......i think you just have some problems. That is the most uhealthy thing i have ever heard of. This diet works! But not in that way....


I started with watching my calorie intake and walking, in 1 1/2 weeks I lost 5.6 lbs. I am at 139.4, I want to weigh 120 again, so I am going to do the special k and see what happens. I love the K2O protien water and protien is needed in the aid of weight loss. I love the vanilla almond special k. I also have my snacks of the 100 calorie snack packs, plenty of water and the good ole treadmill. So far so good.


so all you do is replace two meals with any brand of special k cereal, is exercise nescisary?


Yea i have been on this diet for 5 days and have lost 5 pounds but i also only have water. NO SODA But its working for me right now and i hope it keeps working because prom is coming up and i want to lose 30 pounds before March 20 but im not exercising and mybe that will help me more.


It's supposed to be a 2-week challenge to help you drop 5-7 pounds. It's not a healthy choice if you need to lose more than that, IMO.


I have been in the special K diet for 2 weeks and i have lost 5.5 lbs!!


It does work! I've been on it for 2 months and have lost 38 pounds. I eat a bowl for breakfast, and lunch, then have a weight watchers meal for dinner. I do snack, I have 2 to 4 pieces of fruit a day. Usually oranges or apples but melon would probably work even better. I don't always eat a weight watchers meal, sometimes I make my own, but I started out with those the first couple of weeks. It helps with learning portion control.


The special k diet sounds wonderful, but will it work? Maybe for someone who only as 10 to 20 lbs to loose. But for someone who as a lot to loose i question the diet. How many bowls of special k can anyone eat without getting tired of it?


We are starting this special k diet next week monday. we are really excited and hope to see results fast our goal of weight loss is 10-12 pounds within the next month we plan to exercise a lot while taking this diet but eat what we want at dinner GOOD LUCK EVERYOOOOOONE!!!! :]


roflmao...and he died...that was good. Thanks for the giggle. I am going to do the challenge as a kick start...gosh I hope I don't die. roflmao


This could be a good way to start, and then go on Weight Watchers. But as everyone has been saying everything in moderation. I also don't believe that someone had died from eating Special K. I'm an RN and that sure would have made the national news, don't you think??????


How many bowls of Special K can you eat a day an lose weight anyone..?


I'm starting this diet today. I lost over 30lbs a few yrs ago an I just watch my carbs and Ive been able to maintain my weight. Through the holidays I eat lots of bad carbs like cake , ice cream, therefore Ive put on a few lbs that I would like to get back off. Ive been walking 3 miles twice a week an watching my carbs, eating soup w/ just veggies an meat... for a week and Ive only lost 1 lb... So I'm going to try this diet... I hope I lose not gain.. These products contain alot of sugar so Im a little nervious about trying this ... The protein water has lots of sugar but the protein mix has 0 ....


I don't mind the Special K diet. I do, however like to have a glass of wine with my one meal. How does this impact my weight loss? Anyone?


I have beeen eating special K cereal for about two weeks, i have noticed that i lost 4-5 pounds doing it. But I realy like the cerael and the bars and they realy fill me up so i will keep doing it. GOOD LUCK


Cant you guys see that people are playing! that person does not weight 73 lbs and you know nobody died from eating special k!!!!!!!!!!!!


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