I hope you like cereal.
The Special K Diet is low in calories and rich in calcium and, you guessed it, cereal products. This fifteen-day diet, addressed to everyone who wants to lose weight, proposes two meals a day based on Special K products, a snack, and a balanced meal. Here are some of the diet principles.
Start the day with a bowl of Special K cereal accompanied by skim milk, orange juice, half a grapefruit, or another fruit. Eat a balanced meal composed of raw sliced vegetables, a serving of lean meat, fish, or two eggs, vegetables, a pat of butter, 40 grams (well over an ounce) of whole grain bread, fat-free dairy products, and a piece of fruit. Eat a Special K snack in the afternoon. Eat a Special K supper.
Is it cereal in a shake?
This diet has several advantages. It provides balanced meals that don’t take a long time to prepare. The meals are rich in fiber and so aid digestion. A disadvantage is that the meals are overly repetitive, especially breakfasts. You may get very tired of eating cereal.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: 30 grams of Special K cereal. 125 milliliters of skim milk. 125 milliliters of orange juice. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Spinach and tomato salad. Turkey. Ratatouille. 40 grams of whole-grain bread. A plain, fat-free yogurt. An apple. The mid-morning snack is 40 grams of whole-grain bread, a pear, and a plain, fat-free yogurt. Supper: Vegetable soup. 45 grams of Special K cereal and 125 milliliters of skim milk. A fat-free fruit yogurt. Half a cantaloupe.
Menu 2 Breakfast: 30 grams of Special K cereal. 125 milliliters of skim milk. Half a grapefruit. Tea or coffee. Lunch: Asparagus. A serving of salmon. Leeks and butter. 40 grams of whole-grain bread. A fat-free fruit yogurt. A nectarine. The mid-morning snack is a Special K bar, an apple, and a plain, fat-free yogurt. Supper: Celery and carrots. 45 grams of Special K cereal and 125 milliliters of skim milk. A fat-free fruit yogurt. A pear.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.