The Special K diet is one of those unusual slimming plans that has caught the fascination of the nation. The idea of eating cereal all day long and still shedding the pounds has certainly caught the attention of those hoping to slim down - largely because of it's simplicity.
The diet itself launched back in 2004 with the exciting promise that women could "drop a jean size in 2 weeks". The concept itself is as easy as you could possibly hope for, making it perfect for all of us who are constantly busy. All you need to do is eat cereal for two of your three meals a day, and the third can be whatever you want. And that's it!
It's worth noting here that the diet plan doesn't provide much information on what the third - non-cereal - meal should be. So in order to keep on track, we'd recommend a balanced, healthy, but filling meal so that you're not counteracting the diet itself with your final meal.
And as a way to re-launch your weight loss, it appears the cereal-based diet plan really does give results. On one diet reviewing website, Dietsinreview.com, one user, EverettMomma, wrote "It works! I have lost 70 lbs so far and losing more. I do the cereal for bkfst, bar for lunch (omg they are good), and chicken, and veggies for dinner.
"I make sure to be 1200 cals or higher to not have any health side effects. I also walk daily with the kids. I do just the bars for 1 week every other month to kickstart the diet again. It makes you lose 10 lbs just in that week, but not good longterm as it's well under that 1200 cal safety.
But unfortunately, the diet has not been without it's controversy. It has hit the headlines yet again recently for an unfortunate reason - the brand's newly released ad.
The advert for the diet begins by stating all the amazing things women do - "We run marathons, companies, solve problems." So far, so good.
But the brand gave the reason behind these accomplishments as, "We eat." - sparking a wave of backlash, with people commenting on the fact that the advert suggested eating was a feminine act, rather than a necessary one every person does.
Despite the marketing blunder, the diet has been proven to work, and is an easy, simple solution if you need to lose weight quickly - for your summer holiday perhaps. It's important to remember however that the diet is a quick fix, rather than a long-term solution, so see your doctor if you're worried about starting the plan.
The eating plan
Meals: Eat a bowl of Special K cereal for breakfast and again at lunch or supper. Your other meal should be a healthy, nutritious option of your own choosing. Try to include fresh fruit and vegetables for an added nutritional boost.
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Snacks: Eating between meals is allowed, but you should restrict yourself to munching on fresh fruit and veg, or choose from the range of low fat Special K snacks. There are fruity Special K bars and light bites too.
Worried that you'll get bored of cereal?
There are 10 varieties of Special K cereal to choose from, including red berries, peach and apricot, oats and honey and even chocolatey or yoghurty Special K! You can also eat Special K's cereal bars if you want to mix it up a bit.
- Remember, always choose skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk or a non-dairy alternative with your Special K cereal.