Special K Challenge: Does it Work? - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Special K Challenge: Does it Work?

Posted: Updated:
  • Does it Work WednesdayMore>>

  • Does It Work: Hot Huez Hair Chalk

    Does It Work: Hot Huez Hair Chalk

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:37:36 GMT
    If you're looking for a fun way to heat up your hair style this summer, Hot Huez Temporary Hair Chalk might be a good buy.
    If you're looking for a fun way to heat up your hair style this summer, Hot Huez Temporary Hair Chalk might be a good buy.
  • Does It Work: Veggetti

    Does It Work: Veggetti

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:38:23 GMT
    If you’re trying to eat healthy and add more vegetables into your diet, the Veggetti might be for you.
    If you’re trying to eat healthy and add more vegetables into your diet, the Veggetti might be for you.
  • Does It Work: Yoshi Grilling Mat

    Does It Work: Yoshi Grilling Mat

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-03 02:36:46 GMT
    If you’re getting ready to grill for the 4th of July, but don’t want to mess with the clean up, this new grilling mat might be for you.
    If you’re getting ready to grill for the 4th of July, but don’t want to mess with the clean up, this new grilling mat might be for you.

By Lauren Keith - bio | email

Special K Cereals says you can "lose an inch from your waist in just two weeks" by replacing a few of your meals with their cereals and snacks.  It's a claim that definitely gets my attention, so I decided to take the challenge myself and also enlisted the help of my friend, Liz Glastetter.

"I think I'll be able to do it, if you do! If we do it together!" she laughs.

That's step one in any good diet, right....enlist a buddy? Together, Liz and I try to work out together during the week as much possible. Some weeks are better than others! We're in no way pretending we need to lose a bunch of weight, but like any other gal out there, we'd like to tone up, especially with float trips and swimming parties we've each planned this summer. Supposedly, that's where Special 'K' fits in.

"We have crackers, waffles and fruit at least!"  says Liz.

Thank goodness...cuz we also have a whole lotta cereal!  If we stick to this plan though, Liz and I should lose an inch off our waistlines in just two weeks!  First, Kelloggs says your first meal should be a bowl of cereal or two of their special waffles. Then load up again on a second bowl of cereal or a Special K bar or protein shake. For your third meal, eat as normal. When you get hungry through the day...and you will....munch on unlimited plain fruit or vegetables or some of the Special K snack crackers. You can drink beverages as normal.

"This is our food for the next two weeks," says Liz.

I'm already starting to doubt I can do this, but, if it works, it might be worth it. Liz and I each measure our waists and no revealing those numbers either! Next, we each vow to stick to the plan.

"I think by the end of this, we're not going to like cereal at all," she admits.

Agreed! Meantime, in this two-week period, I caught up with Southeast Hospital dietitian Raina Childers who says this plan can work.

"I think people who have a little more weight to lose, will see the most results most quickly, where people who are struggling to lose that last few pounds, it's going to be hard no matter what they try to do," says Childers.

She also says there's a lot of good research to back up this diet plan. Basically, it's meal replacement with frequent feeding or mini meals...something she advises in her own work.

"I'm a big believer in frequent feeding so people are eating between four and six mini meals a day," says Raina.

Truthfully, she says, there's nothing so special about Special K. Just eating healthy mini meals can do the trick, she says. However, Raina believes the Special K plan lacks protein. That's why you'll want to add some in during your third meal, or at least drink the Special K Protein Water.

She also warns: this diet works because of portion control, so a big whopping bowl of cereal is breaking the rules!

"You can overdo it, even on Special K," says Raina.

So.....Does it Work?

Liz measures her waistline  two weeks later and says, "Almost an inch!"

Yup, Miss Skinny Pants over here lost the full inch. Me, on the other hand...just a half-inch, but I'm still pleased. Here's the thing. It's hard to tote cereal to work, especially milk. Also, I'm on the road a lot covering news stories, so I've gotta bring some fruit to munch on these cereal bars, which aren't all that tasty to me, at least. That's the downfall I encountered.  YOU may not. Meantime, Liz admits it's not easy sticking to this plan either.

"I couldn't do cereal all the time," she says.

Here's the other thing--you'd better try to stick to the plan, or you're wasting money. In all, I spent $45 on food for the two of us in this two-week period. That's cheap *if* this is mostly what you eat...if not, well, that's tough to swallow.

"I'm thinking a grade B minus," says Liz.

"I was thinking grade B," I say.

"What? You're a tough grader, so that's why I went lower!" she laughs.

She always gives me a hard time about being a tough grader. So, if you're looking for a jumpstart to your diet, maybe try this....and happy munching! The Special K Challenge Diet Plan earns a good grade somewhere in the B range on this Does it Work Test.

©2009 KFVS. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.