Ever heard of Diet based on a Brand!! Shocked to hear that, But that’s true as it is. Special K or Special Kellogs diet is a self endorsed Diet plan by its producer.
But before we talk about it let’s dive into the background story of Kellogs.
In 1876, two brothers William Kellog and John Kellog were working in the Battle creek sanitarium and were one day working on wheat-based granola. They went for some time outside leaving their wheat alone and found it stale when return. They instead of putting it in the garbage, roll the dough and produced the flakes like things from the mixture. From here the famous Kellogs Wheat and afterwards Corn-based flakes get a huge fan following from all over the world.
Special K brand is introduced in 1955, with ingredients like Rice, Wheat gluten, Sugar, defatted wheat germ and other vitamins and minerals. This meal brand is then served as the main ingredient to lose weight due to its fewer fats content and then it started the Special K Diet movement.
Advertisements were shown on T.V. claiming that you can lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks.
So the question is how special K diet works?
In Special K Diet, this will be your Diet plan:-
- In main meal times, like breakfast and lunch, you will have to consume 1 cup of Special K flakes with a half cup of Skim milk.
- In mid times, when food craving attacks, you can have a piece of Fruit with more fibre.
There are no limitations as to what to eat at the Dinner. You can choose to eat among fruits, vegetables and others.
So due to its limited number of food intakes and major portion included a cereal based on non-fat content, lead to some loss of weight.
Special K Diet has some Pros and Cons like every diet we have ever discussed:-
- Special K Cereal is easy to find in your nearby grocery and food store and it is also easy to prepare. Just open the box, mix the milk and start feeding. No cooking and nothing more added.
- It is suitable for vegetarians and also filled with Minerals and vitamins that are part of Special K cereal.
- Better Results are shown in the short term.
- No leaving of any food time or fasting.
As to take on Cons, Special K cereal is sometimes lead your body to feel not fulfilled. So belly may feel famished in starting days. Also, Exercise is not part of this diet, so the weight loss scenario will be in slow motion.
Here only Special K products are advised to use, so you can’t use any other cereal instead of it.
Special K Diet Results
Some research done by Kellog Co. Ltd shows that many participants lose 0 to 13 pounds of weight in terms of 2 weeks, with an average weight loss was recorded 3.5 pounds.
If you are a healthy adult who is not planning for a long term diet, then the Special K diet will indeed help you in weight loss.
We will advise you to follow a Diet planner before going with Special K Diet for a Short term period and afterwards choose a long term diet plan with exercise and more complex and healthy food items.
Special K Diet While Pregnancy
Many sources claim that the Special k diet is not harmful in pregnancy as its main element is rich in vitamins and minerals. So this diet is not dangerous as according to many sources.
But we also need to notice that Advertisement Standards Authority (ASA) has banned Kellogs Special K ads in 2019, which imply that a special k diet can improve the health of baby and mother and later Kellogs.
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Special K Diet Recipes
We have listed some of the Special K recipes from the official site, which you can make if you feel bored of the regular cereal with skim milk.
Gluten-Free breakfast salad
Finely chop the Kale, Spinach & Broccoli with stem part, Toss in a bowl with the sliced apple & lemon juice. Mix it with olive oil, salt and pepper then scatter through a handful of Kellogg’s Special K Gluten Free.
Serve topped with a perfectly poached egg, slices of ripe avocado and a sprinkle of buckwheat seeds.
Combine the Special K Original Cereal, granola, apple and coconut in a mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside for some time. Add the yoghurt into the base of the bowl and add the granola mix. In the end, garnish with fresh passionfruit and pomegranate seeds.
Green Mango Special K Bhel
Toss Special K on a non-stick frying pan until crispy, Add all the items iGreen mango peeled, pomegranate seeds, 6-7 soaked almonds, 1 medium tomato, Black salt, Chaat masala, green chilli) in the bowl and mix well. Serve in the rolled paper as Bhel style.
Banana, Mango and special K Pancake
Blend mango and banana with a little milk in a food processor to get a puree. Then Add Kellogg’s Special K powder, plain flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and remaining milk in the above fruit puree. Mix well to get a batter and Heat a non-stick pan. Grease it and then wipe it clean with a tissue. Remove the pan from the heat. Add 2 tbsp of pancake batter & spread it lightly like a dosa. Return to heat. Cover the pan with a lid. Leave for 2 minutes on medium heat.
Uncover and turn it. Let it cook for 1 minute. Take it out on a plate and spread with honey.