Special K has become pretty popular over the years and I get questions about this cereal more than any other. Originally, there was nothing “special” about Special K; it started out as another low calorie, puffed rice flake cereal, with little to no flavor OR nutritional value. Today, it is now a massive selling brand, thanks to a little promotional gimmick called The Special K Diet.
The Kellogg marketers were completely genius in their marketing techniques because they knew exactly who to target: women. Promising you will lose 6 pounds in 2 weeks, the Special K diet has hypnotized most women everywhere at one point or another and sales sky-rocketed. Over the years, Special K has branched out to create protein shakes, cereal bars, protein water, etc; all products that adhere to the Special K diet, which will make any individual that much more successful in their weight-loss efforts. Bravo Kellogg. You’ve out done yourself. But is it healthy?
Let’s put it this way, any retailer that wants you to consume THEIR foods for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, has only one intention: to make money. They do not care about what a diet like this could mean to your health, they only see dollar signs. The truth is, the Special K products are crap. There. I said it. After visiting their website and scanning 6 different nutritional profiles, I found MOST Special K products to have LOTS of questionable ingredients, low-fiber, some trans fat, and a high sugar content. Oh and how can I forget: high fructose corn syrup!
Now, it is one thing if you eat a bowl of Special K cereal or a shake, every now and then, but it is a completely different story when you are asked to consume Special K foods for just about every meal. The one thing I preach above all else is consuming a diet rich in WHOLE foods! There is nothing “whole” about Special K!!
If you want to lose weight, replace your Special K diet with fruits and vegetables, skip the Cinnamon Pecan Crunch and make yourself a bowl of delicious pumpkin cookie oatmeal, and forget about being on a diet in the first place…they don’t work. If you want to make REAL change, why not check out my 30 Day One Month Make-over? Or participate in the upcoming meat-LESS May? There are so many ways to lose weight and feel better about yourself, but unfortunately consuming too many processed foods is not one of them. Sorry Special K Diet. You are NOT healthy.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts about Special K and the Special K Diet?Print