What is a Cereal Diet?
I bet many people would automatically think of the cereal diets as replacing two meals a day with the Special K cereal. This all began with the Special K challenge initiated by the Kellogg’s Cereal Company. The Special K challenge claims that people who consume a bowl of their cereal for breakfast and one other meal can possibly lose up to six pounds in just two weeks. There have been many studies performed on this cereal diet and results showed that some people do drop a slight amount of weight because by substituting lower calorie cereal for higher calorie foods, their calorie intake is reduced. Not everyone loses weight in this diet though and some studies hint that with this Special K diet, the average weight loss is only about a pound to four pounds in a period of two weeks.
Weight Loss Alternative
Inspired by the success of the Special K cereal diet, other cereal makers have also suggested using their cereals as a weight loss alternative. Companies like Kashi present high-fiber, low calorie cereals and others simply just suggest eating any bowl of cereal. Creators of these diets suggest consuming a bowl of cereal as snack at daytime or nighttime before going to bed when your cravings hit. Accessory foods like cereal bars or nutritional replacement drinks have been manufactured by companies in addition to eating cereals.
There is little to be said for losing few amounts of weight via diets of these types, but they do need adherence to it. There are also things that need to be paid attention like portion size, because a lot of standard kitchen bowls are much bigger than serving sizes. Dieters who have succeeded in on a cereal diet have changed the way they eat their other meals by reducing portion size. These diets can only be effective if you reduce your calorie intake.
Cereals, like the Special K, that are mass-produced are highly criticized. Sure they have nutritional value but they also contain high amounts of fructose corn syrup. The extra calories you get from added sugars would be better consumed if you add fruit to cereals that are not pre-sweetened. Making your own healthy cereals instead of buying prepackaged ones is recommended.
People might switch to cereal diets in an attempt to “detoxify” themselves. But cereal diets are most likely to bore people and deprive them of adequate nutrition. In conclusion, cereal diets are not good for long-term use.