First of all I would like to say "Hello" once again to Luux and to state that I've missed this site and also to apologize for the lack of posts, but I've been very busy and on the go, but I am back now and ready to review some more things that may be of some help to all of you and to reading some awesome reviews from all of you awesome bloggers! I've found this site to be WAY more useful than youtube reviews to be honest... Any way, enough with the chit-chatter and on to my little diet review, which is about the ever so famous SPECIAL K DIET!!
This diet basically was very popular some time back with promises to help you lose 12 inches off of your waist within two weeks by replacing two meals with a bowl of cereal and having your third meal as you normally wold (it didn't specify calorie amount or anything) allowing two snacks a day whether it is a special-k product or a fruit or vegetable. I am currently not on this diet, but I was on it some time ago and what I did was follow it as stated experimenting between various special k cereals (which I must confess were all very delicious) with skim or fat free milk. The serving recommended was 1 cup of the cereal and 1/2 cup of skim milk which I must confess was very small, but I would have my cereal with coffee to keep myself full (using only splenda or sweet and low sugar) and would drink tons of water (about eight glasses). It did also recommend working out so I would play the wii fit for about one hour each day (that thing is so damn addicting) and as my snacks I would stick to fruit and use the special k cereal bars to keep in my purse only for emergencies. For my third meal that would NOT be the cereal I would seriously just eat whatever was there, but would eat a NORMAL serving size and keep it small.
While on this diet I'll admit I was constantly hungry for the first week, but my body did adjust to it after that first week. I did enjoy the cereals, and my favorite ones were the chocolate and the pecan one I also found the snack and meal replacement bars to be super life savers for when you are on the go and you get that crazy sugar craving as I am a sugar addict. I didn't count my inches, and I'm not sure how many pounds I was supposed to lose, but I did notice that I lost 9lbs within those two weeks and I felt very proud of myself and motivated to keep going.
However, after losing that weight I did do some more research on this diet and found that there are cereals that are much healthier than Special K, and also that you supposably aren't getting the proper nutrition that you're supposed to (but I never got proper nutrition to begin with and that doesn't really matter to me) and also I did dislike how expensive the cereals were and how fast we would run out (even when buying the bigger boxes). I did also come to the conclusion that you can lose weight replacing two meals with ANY cereal and was shocked when I compared labels and found out that Cap'n Crunch cereal and Cocoa Pebbls had LESS calories than the original Special k (if my memory serves me correctly). My theory on this one is that the reason you lose weight is because you are consuming less calories than the norm and because you're taking in less calories you're able to burn more.
So I personally think it's just another clever way to cut calories, and cutting back in any way should work (in my own personal opinion). I am now on a different diet (which I will blog about when I've had enough time to determine whether or not it works for me). I did enjoy this diet, but it is not something I can see myself doing for the rest of my life.
I am not a doctor, nutritionist, physician etc. 'nor do I have much knowledge about proper nutrition, but I recommend this diet as something to just try either to get a jump start on your diet, when you reach a plateau or when you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look good for, but I would definitely try this again and to be honest it felt awesome eating chocolate and losing weight ;)
Now, with this review I am leaving a serious question! Have you ever lost a lot of weigh? If so how did you so, or if you are sill in he process of losing weigh let me know what you're doing and how you're doing on it, please!