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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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Shouls I start this diet because it seems to me that cases vary. i have a year to lose 30 pounds and am clueless to what diet I should try. Does anybody have a suggestion?


OMG 73 lbs thats too skinny if you dont get off the diet ASAP your gonna have serious health issues if you dont already have them. Eat healthy,drink lots of water and excersize is the most important thing, if you follow that you dont have to starve yourself you can actually eat whatever you want in moderation.. good luck everyone


I lost 85 lbs by not eating any cereal or bread products with the exception of Wasa whole grain or fiber. It took a year and i find that if I eat any bread or pasta it sets me off on an eating binge. Weight watchers is the way to go.


I have been thinking about trying the Special K challenge but I am a bit worried that I will get bored eating it,give up and put any weight back on that i lose, plus more. Has anyone had any problems sticking to it?


I have been thinking about trying the Special K challenge but I am a bit worried that I will get bored eating it,give up and put any weight back on that i lose, plus more. Has anyone had any problems sticking to it?


Is it ok to eat 2 bowls a day and also eat the cereal bars too? or do you have to replace the cereal with the bars? not sure i could eat that much Special K though!!!


This diet seems to be starving me. I've lost 15 pounds in these first two weeks, and have no energy for anything. I don't think I can handle it anymore. Does anyone have advice for me? The monotony in selection and the total lack of nutrition is really, really getting to me.


I started the diet a 3 months ago and began to gain weight (I think because I would eat without moderation for the extra meal as I was so hungry). I then cut out the snacks and substituted the meal of choice for a slice of bread, a vitamin suplement, and a peice of frut and wieght dropped off me like a charm. It just took a while to get used to the small portions. I suggest slowly working down to smaller amounts. This is a great way to get results!


I used to weigh 320lbs I worked for years trying to lose weight, but just couldn't but 3 years ago I found the special-K diet now I weigh 73lbs and cannot stop! I love special K sooo much! This is the best diet I have ever been on!


You should probably stop; my friend tried the Special K diet and starved. He was in the hospital for a few weeks, and he died.


first of all congrats to everyone who lost weight, but especially the one who was over 500lbs, how often do you eat the special K cereal and what else do you eat during the day? i would like to try this cause i want to lose about 20-50lbs. thanx


I have been on it for about 2 years. I was over 500 lbs, and have lost about 100lbs. I think that special K is awsome! I recommend it for all the people that are questioning, and want to loose weight. Eat it in the morning, for snack, or even lunch.


I have been on it for 1 and 1/2 weeks and only lost 3 lbs. How can you lose a jean size in one more week? Have a lot of you done it longer and lost the 10 lbs or so. I have 3 weeks till my birthday and want to lose 7 more lbs.


just started the challenge today. Can't wait till next week when i weigh myself.. Good luck to me . haha


This is not brain surgery. If you replace two meals per day with a bowl of special K (which is about 100 calories) you are cutting a lot of calories. Might be good to lose that last 5 pounds or to get a jumpstart but how long can you eat two bowls of cereal a day?


Lost 2 lbs. on this last week. Hoping to lose about 20 lbs. of baby weight total. I eat special k all the time anyway, so it's easy for me.


I've been on it one week, lost three pounds, looking forward to losing more.


Um, 73 Pounds is NOT a healthy weight for anyone. I'd suggest you get off this diet and put on some weight. You said "I cannot stop" that seems to me like you have a problem...sorry.


I started the specia k diet today and i just gave up and ate a rice chrispy treat(: but now that i have some reasurance i will start tomorrow for sure.


im starting tomorrow for the special k challenge. im willing just to shed about 10-15 lbs. im willing to try it for the new years jump off to a healthier start. my BMI is still within range, but its at the border line. i hope this is a smart diet. i see it lacks nutriets. its nothing that fruits and vegetables cant make up. before the diet i was running 2 miles 5 times a day and just eating veggies, fruits, and white meat [chicken only]. for about 5 months i lost bout 15 lbs. i was pissed of all the work i put in but not that much results. i just need a few more lbs. lost. so wish me luck.


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