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So everyone has heard about the Special K diet and such... it is tempting but I do not like the idea of eating it twice a day. It doesn't seem like enough nutrients and I would probably be sick of cereal with in 3 days. Also if I lost weight that fast I would probably just gain it back within a fortnight.

What if it was eaten just once a day like just for breakfast or lunch... I'd probably pair it with milk or yogurt... or I'd eat it dry and have some fruit with it or something.

This is weird to me because I have never been a big cereal eater the only times I would eat it was as a snack and I would just pick at it dry through out the day. I have never really thought of cereal as an actual meal but I kind of want to try it out because I like the idea of packing up a quick meal of dry cereal and fruit rather that constructing a sandwich... especially when I am trying to cut down on my bread XD. Also most people are pro cereal so I assume it is somewhat healthy... I don't know XD

Will this be a healthy way to lose weight or will it just leave me with a sugar high followed by being a grouch. (You wont like me when I'm Hungry)

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What in Special K makes you think it will aid in healthy weight loss?

I find that answering a question with another question is rude, especially when it could easily result in someone feeling ignorant. Special K is not the only cereal in the world it is just the one I used as an example because

1: the Special K diet does exist so it is not so strange to think something in it might be beneficial (keep in mind I was suspicious) and

2: It is a cereal that most people know about because of how common it is.

Like I said, I do not eat cereal very often which is why I am wondering about it's health points but I am open to other suggestions too. Such as what are better cereals, would it be healthy to eat cereal once a day, should I just keep eating it as a dry snack or would it be wise to just skip cereal entirely.

I don't know if you were trying to be insulting and if not I am sorry but it felt like you intended make me feel inferior rather than being helpful.

Have you heard of something called critical thinking? I encourage people to use their brains and think about why things could work or don't work. Simply telling you "No, it doesn't work" is not going to convince you of anything. Rather if we engage in conversation about why it may or may not be helpful we'll arrive at at answer that makes sense and we can hopefully both agree on and understand why it is that it works/doesn't work.

 

Why you took that to be offensive is honestly beyond me. If you don't want my help I won't give it. I'll let other people (mis)inform you.

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I wouldn't eat it for 2 meals but I see nothing wrong with you eating it for 1 meal. You might want to try the Protein Special K cereal.

Yes, there is a thing called the "Special K" Diet. That's because Special K made a commercial and called it the "Special K" Diet. That's not a diet, that's a marketing scam/tactic. For instance, MacIntosh could come out with the Apple Diet. Two MacIntosh apples for breakfast and two for lunch. Tadaa.

Original Post by nebichan:

Yes, there is a thing called the "Special K" Diet. That's because Special K made a commercial and called it the "Special K" Diet. That's not a diet, that's a marketing scam/tactic. For instance, MacIntosh could come out with the Apple Diet. Two MacIntosh apples for breakfast and two for lunch. Tadaa.

Those monsters :O... this is part of the reason why I don't watch TV, but For the most part I was hearing about it through friends who are doing the 'diet". I am pretty sure that there is an "apple diet" too but I would never want to do it.

Original Post by meeha55:

I wouldn't eat it for 2 meals but I see nothing wrong with you eating it for 1 meal. You might want to try the Protein Special K cereal.

That's kind of what my plan was... I didn't like the idea of two meals and I might end up just eating granola or a fiber cereal rather than Special K because it seems awfully sugary.

Wow! I'm thinking she was just wondering if a bowl of cereal is ok as 1 meal a day...? Simple answer, yes. I've always been a cereal for breakfast, or snack, type of person....just choose a good one.

Special K is good, but I prefer a more "substantial" type. Kashi makes some excellent ones with a good dose of fiber and protein (definitely keeps me satisfied longer). Just watch the serving size...it's really easy to underestimate just how much you're pouring.

**people are so quick to bash others for what really are simple questions....
Original Post by lak111:

Wow! I'm thinking she was just wondering if a bowl of cereal is ok as 1 meal a day...? Simple answer, yes. I've always been a cereal for breakfast, or snack, type of person....just choose a good one.

Special K is good, but I prefer a more "substantial" type. Kashi makes some excellent ones with a good dose of fiber and protein (definitely keeps me satisfied longer). Just watch the serving size...it's really easy to underestimate just how much you're pouring.

**people are so quick to bash others for what really are simple questions....

Pretty much but I am fairly wordy so I can understand why people may think I was asking for more than that. Thanks, I will probably try a few different types of cereal and switch out every so often... I use a measuring cup when I sort out my portions and I also have a scale for weighing other things .Laughing

People can be quick to bash but I can also be pretty fast at lashing out when I feel threatened even if it is unnecessary. :P

I eat Special K as a dessert with a 1/2 glass of low fat milk.  It helps get some vitamins.  I will eat it for breakfast sometimes but normally add some extra fruit.  On its own without milk one serving is 120-130 calories so its not a horrible snack.  I think the diet works because people eat less calories than you normally would.   But overall cereal isn't bad for you.  I would suggest plain Oatmeal with added fruit etc. it will keep you fuller longer and doesn't have added sugar.

I used to eat Special K for breakfast, but not anymore.  It has too much sugar for it to be considered a health food.  The only exceptions I know of is the Protein Plus and Original, but then you're basically paying for their brand name.  Since Special K would not be a good breakfast option, it surely wouldn't be a good thing to replace every meal with.  Now I just go for Trader Joe's shredded wheat and then add a banana.

You could sell anything as a way to lose weight, its just a matter of portion sizes.  If you portion out a certain amount of calories and create a program around it, the participants will lose weight if they stick to it.  Make this a study and you have enough justification to claim your product can help you lose weight *as long as you follow the program*.  We know that calorie counting works to lose weight (Case in point, the Twinkie diet), but you don't want to just lose weight, you also want to be satiated, lose fat, retain muscle, not have a boring diet, etc. 

Also, its almost comical how much companies stretch in order to health wash their products.  If a headline shows that calorie counting works, diet soda gets marketed for weight loss since it doesn't have any calories.  If a headline shows that portion control is important, 100 calorie snack bags are marketed as good for weight loss.  Anything with whole grains, fruits, fiber, or vegetables will be marketed as healthy options, completely ignoring the unhealthy amount of trans-fat, sugar, salt, etc. in their product or whether there is actually a significant amount of the healthy ingredient to begin with.  The take home lesson is to disregard everything a company says and that includes everything on the box with the exception of the nutritional breakdown/ingredients.

Original Post by armandounc:

Have you heard of something called critical thinking? I encourage people to use their brains and think about why things could work or don't work. Simply telling you "No, it doesn't work" is not going to convince you of anything. Rather if we engage in conversation about why it may or may not be helpful we'll arrive at at answer that makes sense and we can hopefully both agree on and understand why it is that it works/doesn't work.

 

Why you took that to be offensive is honestly beyond me. If you don't want my help I won't give it. I'll let other people (mis)inform you.

Love you. Let's get married!

Special K is delicious but pure garbage. I STRONGLY encourage you to aviod cereal, especially if you don't really like it anyway. Cereal is not healthy, no matter what the commercials and boxes say. Yes it may have fiber and crap, but so does bread and other crap.

DO NOT EAT SPECIAL K IT IS A GIMMICK. SPECIAL K IS A PHONEY. 99.99% OF THE WEIGHTLOSS ADVICE ON COMMERCIALS IS A GIMMICK JUST TO BUY THEIR UNHEALTHY CRAP.

 

Try to eat whole foods, foods that are naturally and minimally processed.

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