The Results of the Special K Challenge....4:19 PM
2 Weeks ago, I told you that I was starting the Special K Challenge! Well, I'm finished, and I can say that the results were surprising!
First of all, for the first 5 days, I followed the diet precisely. As a nursing mom of an older child (18 months), however, I felt like I was losing weight too quickly. I decided to add an additional 200 calories in healthy snacks to my diet, and that seemed to balance things out. After one week, I was down 4 pounds -- a little more than I had hoped for. I then changed over to another version of the plan (the goal weight plan), where I had Special K just for breakfast, and then a healthy lunch and dinner. This had me just lose one pound that second week, but it was less aggressive than the "challenge" plan, and fit my lifestyle a bit better.
Was I hungry? During the first few days, I was. I think it was because I snack late at night, and with the new plan, I was done with my food options by 7pm. If I were to do it over, I wouldn't eat all of the fruits and veggies allowed during the day, and I would save them for my TV watching after 10 pm. A good example is the 12 baby carrots allowed for one meal -- that's a lot of carrots! I could divide them up and have half with the meal, and half for a snack. It's all about balance, after all!
What about the food? First of all, I LOVED the shakes. They weren't as sweet as other brands, but were very filling. I kept them very cold and made sure I had many flavors on hand. I absolutely adored the Fruit Crisps, as well. They reminded me of a certain big-brand toaster pastry, but with less than 100 calories. My favorite treat was the Sea Salt Cracker Chips; they were a potato chip that was light like a cracker. You get two huge handfuls with each serving!
I would recommend these plans for anyone wanting to lose a few pounds before a big event. I'm personally going to go back on a mix of the Challenge (one meal and two special K options) and one of the less aggressive plans. I like switching it up from week to week, and the weight is still coming off!
You can find out more about these plans at the official Special K site. Good luck!
Claim Language: Consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program. Average weight loss when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 4.8 pounds. Weight loss may vary. Average waist circumference reduction when replacing meals with two cereal meals is 1.3 inches. Weight loss may vary.
Disclosure: I participated in this program through a partnership with TheMotherhood on behalf of Special K. I received product and supplies to complete the plan. All opinions and statements are based on my own opinion and experience.