Everyone's heard about this lately, and you see it plastered all over every product of theirs in the grocery store - The Special K challenge suggests that you can lose up to 6 lbs, or one jean size, in just two weeks.
Sounds like just a really great marketing scheme, doesn't it? Plus, I've always thought these "fad diets" were silly - impossible to maintain. But losing a jean size was sounding pretty good, and I figured two weeks of eating things that I already eat (cereal, protein bars, fruit, etc.) would be worth a try. And it was a plan that wouldn't cost me a fortune.
Basically, the instructions are to eat a specific portion of Special K cereal (or meal shakes or meal bars, they have many choices) for breakfast and lunch every day, with two snacks in between, being either their snack bars or a piece of fresh fruit.
Dinner is up to you - whatever healthy choice you might normally make, so long as you don't pig out. Drinks are fair game too (again, of course, assuming you aren't chugging milk shakes every day). Simple enough, right? It was easy to follow, straight forward, and I didn't feel like I was starving the whole time.
Well, after two weeks of this meal plan, along with regular exercise on my Wii Fit program, it really worked!
Many people may argue that when you do diets like this, you will only gain the weight back after you get tired of that food, but honestly, after limiting my intake of foods for two weeks, I feel that I am out of my previous habit of overindulging and overeating.
I've really learned how to have self control on my portions, snacks, and meal choices. Though I probably won't continue to eat only Special K for breakfast and lunch, I'll be able to take what I learned from the experience to maintain a healthy figure. And that is the best way to stay healthy!