What You Should Know
The Special K Challenge was designed by Kellogg around their Special K breakfast cereal. According to Kellogg, the Special K Challenge will help you lose six pounds or 1 inch in two weeks.
The details of the plan are: eat two Kellogg’s meals for breakfast and lunch and then a healthy dinner. Breakfast can be either 1 cup of Special K cereal with 2/3 cup of skim milk or Special K Waffles with light syrup. Lunch can be the cereal again or the Special K Protein Meal Bar. You are to eat vegetables and fruit throughout the day as snacks and can drink any beverage as normal. You are also allowed two Special K Protein Snack Bars during the day.
The purpose of the diet is to reduce overall calories, which you would certainly do if two of your meals consisted of one cup of cereal. This diet plan is contrary to other plans such as the South Beach Diet or the G.I. Diet, which promote higher levels of proteins than this diet. The Special K Challenge is carbohydrate intensive which helps to put fiber into the diet but may not promote long term satiety or energy.
There is substantial feedback on the Special K Challenge across the internet and it is quite mixed. The majority of posters speak about being hungry all the time while on the diet. This may be due to the reduced protein. Protein makes the body feel fuller longer whereas carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels quickly and give an immediate boost but do not last as long.
The Special K Challenge would also be rather expensive when compared to preparing your own meals at home. The protein bars are similar in price to many competitive products and range from $1.00 to $2.50 per serving.
Healthy foods and Special K products.
- Easy to follow plan.
- May reduce overall calories and produce short term weight loss.
- Expensive when compared to homemade food.
- Does not provide long term guidance for weight management.
- May not provide sustained energy or satiety.
- Doesn’t boost the body’s metabolic rate.
While the Special K Challenge may sound like fun, especially with the personalized plan, we feel it lacks substance as a reasonable long term weight reduction plan. Many experts agree that the best weight loss plans include a permanent change in eating habits along with exercise to burn calories and boost the body’s metabolism. There are also many weight loss products on the market today that work in conjunction with better nutritional management to burn fat. We feel that this may be a better solution than the Special K Challenge.