If you thought a bowl of cereal was only good for getting rid of midnight cravings, think again. The Cereal diet might sound too fun to be true but many have reported significant weight loss in a short period of time. If you enjoy your cereal, this diet will be easy and painless to follow. It simply involves replacing your meals with a bowl of cereal, exactly the way you would with meal replacements. It shares its aim with every good diet: to cut your calories so you can lose weight.
The cereal diet is preferred by those who don’t feel comfortable with trying weight loss products or just looking for an easy way to lose weight without spending much. All you need is a box (or several boxes) of your favourite cereal and you are ready to begin. Every brand is acceptable, from Cheerios to Cocoa Puffs. It is advisable, however, to choose a whole grain cereal. They contain more fibre and contain less sugar than their counterparts.
Yes, it is a cereal diet but that is not all you are required to eat. Cereal should be used to replace two meals, preferably breakfast and lunch. For dinner, you should pack in as much nutritious food as possible. An ideal dinner should have plenty of protein from fish and meat, vegetables and a little starch that can be anything from whole wheat bread to boiled potatoes. It’s a good idea to eat six times a day, three meals and three healthy snacks. Your overall meal plan will therefore consist of two bowls of cereal, one balanced meal and three snacks eaten throughout the day. Great foods to nibble on are lettuce, carrots, nuts, seeds, apples, berries and most fresh fruit and vegetables.
The secret behind the weight loss is simply lower calorie intake. Cereals usually contain about 250-350 calories; much less than an eggs-and-bacon breakfast and layered sandwiches you might be used to having for lunch. Most cereals contain fibre which makes you feel fuller for longer. They also contain certain vitamins and minerals that are good for the body. It is recommended that you take a vitamin supplement while on this diet and increase your fibre intake by snacking on fruits and vegetables.
There is controversy about the perceived lack of nutrition in cereals and their overload in sugar. It is obvious that diabetics should avoid this diet but reports from the general population are complaint-free. Despite positive reviews and testimonials, you should not begin this diet without medical advice.
Another piece of valuable advice is that you should not be on the cereal diet for more than two weeks. It is meant to help you lose weight quickly but it shouldn’t replace healthy food and exercise. Prolonged dieting could have adverse consequences to your overall health. If you have the green light from your doctor to try this diet for a couple of weeks, you can look forward to an easy, affordable way to shed a few lbs.