Nobody ever lost weight with their mothers around.
When I am in the midst of the strictest diet, when I’ve not eaten rice for a week, when I am painfully sipping sugar-less coffee my mother hands me a big plate full of hot off the stove assorted bajjis – onion bajji, potato bajji and vazhakai bajji.
You’d think she doesn’t want me to ever lose weight, which wouldn’t be inaccurate. In fact she doesn’t register that I am fat. Ah, Mothers.
In spite of my mother’s sabotage, I managed to stick to Kelloggs Special K for breakfast and dinner for an entire week. 2-bowls a day, just like Deepika Padukone says. Do you want to know if it worked? If I lost weight? In just a bit..
As part of my project 50k, I am experimenting with different diets and exercises to see what works and what doesn’t and to infuse some variety and interest into my weight-loss journey. I am sharing all those details with you as I know many of you are in the same boat.
The Kelloggs special K tastes delicious, slightly sweet and wonderfully crunchy. On the Kelloggs Special K pack, there are clear instructions as to what makes the 2 bowls that Deepika talks about. 30 grams of Kelloggs Special K along with 120 ml of skimmed milk makes one bowl and that is 144 calories. Compare that with 2 idlis+ sambar, 2 dosas + sambar or a serving of upma which all work out to about 300 calories and you are consuming only half of that. 144 calories is super low for a meal and would be fantastic for someone looking to lose weight.
It tastes great and is low-calorie. What more could you ask for? Well, let me show you what 30 gm looks like.
30 gm turned out to be just over a 1/4 cup. I am using a 1/2 cup measure in this picture and I have a little over half of it filled. I don’t know about Deepika but a 1/4 cup of cereal is like a baby-portion of cerelac. That’s the amount of food we feed our neighbourhood crow. Sorry, he likes to eat more except on Ammavasai when he likes to act pricey. 30 gm of cereal is simply insufficient for me. On days I’ve worked out, I want to eat the bowl too.
So if I double the measure and add 60 gm of Kelloggs K to my bowl and about 150 ml of milk, I am at 260 calories. Now add a small banana like the pack suggests but conveniently doesn’t quantify in terms of calories. A small banana will be about 90 calories. Your total meal is now 350 calories which is just as good and many times worse than your regular tiffen/breakfast. So in conclusion, your kelloggs special K will likely do nothing to help you lose weight unless you stick to its baby portions. On days that I did stick to the portion size, i was cranky and my stomach rumbled way before lunch.
As expected, I did not lose any weight the week I ate Kelloggs special K.
That said, I’ve grown to like the taste of Kelloggs special K and I may buy it again to have as a back-up breakfast option for rushed days. I wouldn’t eat 2 bowls every day and I definitely wouldn’t expect to lose weight on it.
Here’s a quick update of how I am doing so far. I lost about 1 kilo in the first 2 weeks. I then put on about 500 grams in the next couple of weeks. I was so very disappointed last week when I checked my weight, I returned home half way through my workout. I am glad however that I know I need to change things up.
I am doing away with Kelloggs special K for two meals a day, I am upping the intensity of my workout and going to try the 5:2 week routine. 5 days a week, I’ll eat normal low-calorie meals and 2 days I fast, albeit partially. The fasting days I plan to drink smoothies, no-sugar juices and eat some fruit. I’ll let you know how it goes. Keep going guys!
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