Special K Diet Challenge: Does it work?

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You’ve probably seen the Special K cereal advertisement for the Kellogg’s Special K Diet Challenge: 2 meals, 2 weeks, and lose upto 2.5 kg of weight!

What is the Special K diet challenge? Does the Special K diet really help you lose weight? If it does, is the Special K diet challenge really good for your health? And will the weight loss stay off?

Kelloggs Special K Cereal Diet (kelloggsuk@flickr)

Kelloggs Special K Cereal Diet (kelloggsuk@flickr)

We did the research, so read on..

What is the Special K Diet Challenge? On the Special K Diet challenge, you are supposed to eat two bowls of Kellogs Special K cereal and one fruit for breakfast and another meal (lunch or dinner). The 3rd meal is supposed to be a healthy well balanced meal. If you’re hungry between meals, then you can have 3 to 5 servings of fruits and or vegetables. Along with this, you are also supposed to exercise for 30 minutes a day.

One bowl of Special K cereal contains 120 ml of skim milk and 30 gm of Special K cereal. Totally, that is 210 calories. Add a fruit, at approx 60-100 calories. That is 300 calories per Special K cereal meal.  An average healthy meal is say about 600 calories. Add a couple more snacks of fruits and veggies in the day, each at about 100 calories. That’s a total of 1200-1500 calories per day. Most people’s daily calorie intake ranges between 2100 to 2500 calories. So, on the Special K diet, you are consuming upto 900-1000 calories less per day.

Such a large reduction in your daily calorie intake (about 1000 calories less) can almost be considered a crash diet. If you add 30 minutes of moderate exercise, that’s another 250-300 calories. So, the Special K diet and 30 minutes of exercise, can create a daily calorie deficit of upto 1300 calories.

Is the Special K Diet challenge healthy? Two bowls of Kellogg’s Special K with skim milk does provide some nutrition- you get the benefits of milk. The Special K challenge could be healthy or unhealthy, depending on how you balance the third meal, and your other mid meal snacks.

Is it Special K Diet challenge realistic? Reducing upto a 1000 calories per day besides can be unhealthy, and unsustainable, since the sudden calorie reduction will make your body crave the food its missing a lot more.

So, what’s the verdict on the Kellogg’s Special K Diet Challenge? We think its difficult, since it cuts down your calories significantly. Over 2 weeks, this could lead to 2.5 kg of weight loss, but assuming that you are currently doing no physical activity.

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  • kashis

    kelloggs special lena hai to kya food lene ki bhi zaroorat hai.

  • kashis

    mai abhi samjha nahi

  • kashis

    pls give me full details

  • http://fitho.in Fitho

    @kashis, these are the full details for the Special K diet plan!

  • deepali

    it”s gud but i want more details for it.

  • dillon

    i feel better after taking and i have gud responce also.

  • Nicole

    i did the special k diet for 2 weeks lost almost 5 pounds i believe it does actually work however eating cereal gets boring i would sometimes make my lunch a protein shake which kept me full for a while. being on the special k diet made me feel great not sick or starving i loved it :)

  • arti rai

    plz just let me know the full detail of Special K ..and diet plan

  • Abhijit

    How it works.

    What we have to do is, within your daily 4 to 5 Meals ideally your first meal & third (Breakfast & Third or fourth meal between 4 to 6 PM) should be replaced by Special K.

    Added to it whole idea is to reduce calorie additional intake by avoiding pakode, snacks & namkins, Starters Fried items preferred in between meals.

    Special K really help you reduce hunger feeling.

    Not only Special you can have Musli, Oatmeal / bran with milk. that will too have same effect.

    So there is no as such magic available to reduce weight but Special K is good make habit of having good & regular meal rather than junk food.

  • sonia

    Hey…i tried the kellogs 2 weeks challenge… my doctor said its harmful and it doesnt provide the essential nutrients in the body. Balanced Indian complete meals are good for the body. But i had to loose weight as well since i was getting married so the best way was to exercise and then my doctor recommended me exer-row, rowing machine. now that really works, and its awesome, like just 20 mins on it everyday, the whole body gets exercised and i lost 10 kilos in 3 months. now i do it only 3 times a week. plus it has helped my depression problem, it is a uprite benefit of exercise that one overcomes depression. plus i didnt have time to walk for 1 hr or hit the gym for 2hrs, this machine is a boon for me.

  • My name is none of your business

    The special K challenge really helps reduce your hunger feeling, and for me, i ate no sweet stuff and it helped curve my cravings for sweets. i still went to the gym and worked out, but this diet really helped me. In two weeks of eating nothing but special k products, i dropped from 130 to 110. I’m very happy with this.

  • Tania

    I m going to get marid after one muth i want to lose bly fat i m nt over w8 bt mera pait nikal aya hy bht ziada n body shape my nai rai my kya karun is k chalmg helpful 4 me or nt plz let

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