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The Special K Challenge: What the Experts Say continued...

Keep in mind that most dieters lose a little water weight when starting a weight loss plan. You may lose a little more than the usual 1-2 pound weight loss per week on this plan at first, but you can expect slower weight loss after the first few weeks.

One expert says the Special K diet could be a good choice for people who tend to skip meals during the day.

"This may be a useful option for anyone who routinely skips meals or who eats fast foods or meals loaded with calories," says Lynn Grieger, RD.

This is especially true for those who tend to overlook breakfast, another expert says.

"One of the best aspects of the [Special K] Challenge is getting people to eat breakfast because breakfast has been shown to produce a whole host of health and cognitive benefits, including weight control," says Marisa Moore, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Hunger is likely to be an issue, though. Grieger cautions that cereal with skim milk and fruit is a great meal or snack, but unless you choose a high-protein, high-fiber cereal, you may be hungry in an hour or two.

"Eating foods low in fiber and protein causes hunger sooner and may trigger overeating of the wrong kinds of foods," Grieger says.

Moore suggests that dieters reduce the boredom of eating so many cereal products by adding plenty of fruits and vegetables to the Special K diet.

"Aim for 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, which will lower your calorie intake naturally and provide a wealth of disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals," she says.

The Special K Challenge: Food for Thought

If you only need to drop a few pounds or want to jump-start a long-term weight loss plan, the Special K diet is a great place to begin. To make it healthier, add regular physical activity, make sure your dinner meal is healthy, and take a daily multivitamin to fill in any nutritional gaps.

You can lose weight on the Special K Challenge. It can also help you make some adjustments toward a healthier eating plan, such as starting each day with a healthy breakfast and controlling your portions.

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