Will Kelloggs Special K help you lose weight?

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.

She brings me mutton biryani the next day. She thrusts a big dabba full of fried vengaya vathal (onion-rice fritters) for snacking.

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.

Will Kelloggs K help you lose weight?

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.

Will Kelloggs K help you lose weight?

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.

Kelloggs special K recommended serving

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.

Will Kelloggs K help you lose weight?

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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4 comments

  1. Mallika says:

    I know the feeling. Its happened to me more times than I can count. I lose 1 or 2 kg and then promptly gain back half of it. I was on a strict sugar detox( no carbs, no dairy, no grain) for 2 weeks, and lost 2.8 kg. In the third week I was still very good with no sugar but laxed the rules a little and ate a teeny bit of dairy and carbs. Quickly gained back one kilo. I have been working out fairly regularly though.

    Anyway these are my stats now
    Starting Weight – 71.3 kg
    Current Weight – 69.5 kg

    With regards to the special K kinds of diets I’ve learned the hard way that they just do not work. I finally know that the only way is to make small healthy changes that one can sustain in the long run and be consistent about it. Being consistent is the difficult part for me. Good luck with the 5 : 2! 🙂

    • foodbetterbegood says:

      First of all, it’s great that you’ve lost some weight, no matter how much. At least you are headed in the right direction.
      I had a very similar experience too Mallika. I am working out too but I took it a little easy and I had to eat out a couple of times and I gained half a kilo back. It’s ok. I learnt where I am going wrong. Good luck you too!

  2. Aarthi says:

    Try the 6pm to 6am fast . Trust me you lose 200-300 gms every day . Imagine what a week can do ?
    At 5 pm eat your proper meal instead of your tea. When I say meal I mean dinner in normal proportion . Normal proportion is the usual two dosai or two idly count or 1/2 cup rice with the full sambar rasam galore .
    You never feel hungry until 9. Then at 9 you are slightly tempted to open the fridge but then that’s your alarm to go hit the bed and not look back .
    Try this as an experiment atleast and let me know if it worked for you.
    Is my third day now doing this , I didn’t step on the scale yet but I feel my stomach has shrunk a teeny bit :-p

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