MANY of us are currently trying to shift a few Christmas pounds after indulging over the festive season.
Amongst the diet chat, you may have heard of the Special K diet. But what is it and does it work – here’s the lowdown.
Alamy The Special K ‘challenge’ claims that those who follow is may be able to drop a jeans size in two weeks
What is the Special K diet plan?
The Special K “challenge” claims that those who follow is may be able to “drop a jeans size in two weeks” – and you’ve likely seen adverts for the regime on your TV, in the past.
The diet itself launched back in 2004, Kelloggs previously said: “Just have a bowl of Special K for breakfast, then again for lunch or dinner, plus a third well-balanced meal of your choice.
“Throw in a little exercise and slip into new jeans with ease!”
According to WebMD, the plan “promotes quick weight loss through portion control” and is a “simple, economical diet plan”.
Alamy Many women have reportedly had noticeable results in weight loss while following the plan
However, it is quick to emphasise that the plan is not a healthy long term option and that it is “designed to be a quick fix, not a long-term program”, adding: “It includes little education and no health care experts or exercise recommendations to help dieters go the distance.”
Given the absence of the diet from the company’s website, Kellogg’s seemingly do not promote the challenge anymore.
What are the results like on the Special K diet plan?
Many women have reportedly had noticeable results in weight loss while following the plan – but others have knocked plan and said they were left feeling “hungry”.
According to comments left in regard to plan, on dietsinreview.com, the challenge did boost weight loss in many who tried it.
One user said: “It works! I have lost 70 lbs so far and losing more.”
Another added: “I’m doing the Special K challenge in conjunction with daily exercise and the results have been very good…
“I’m 5’9″ and used to weigh 225 lbs. I’ve been doing this for about a month and I’m down to 211 and feel great.”
However, others didn’t have such great results.
One user said: “I’ve been on this for 1 week (yeah I know, not a long time) and GAINED 2 POUNDS!!!! I followed it exactly as planned, now what? Oh by the way, I exercise too.”
Another added: “Well I tried this for the two weeks and lost 2 pounds of the 6 I want to loose.
“I was down 4 pounds at one point, but it didn’t last more than a day.
“I swung around a lot on this diet. I did NOT loose any inches anywhere.
“I followed everything to the letter save for a single day that I went over 1500 calories.
“Most days I didn’t hit 1100. All that sacrifice for little reward.”
It is advisable to speak with your GP if you are looking to embark on a new diet and fitness regime.