The cereal diet takes your average bowl of cereal and turns it into your greatest weight loss ally. Instead of replacing your meals with shakes and mixes, this eating plan requires you to substitute with cereal. Its appeal is mostly in its convenience because it puts that old box of Cheerio’s in your kitchen cupboard to use. However, the diet has a few other benefits you might not be aware of … and some flaws too.
How does it work?
Simply put, you have to eat cereal for breakfast and lunch, snack throughout the day and cook a healthy dinner. There is no brand of cereal that is unacceptable in this version but you do get diets that focus on a specific brand like the Special K diet. There are also no rules about how much cereal you can eat but because the focus is on reducing calories, it’s advisable to have the portion you normally would. You have to snack at least three times a day on fruit and vegetables which helps you to stay full and to control your appetite. Recommended snacks include carrot sticks, berries, seeds and nuts.
For dinner, whip up a balanced meal of protein-rich meat or fish, low-carb green vegetables and servings of healthy fats. Try to get as much nutrition in this meal as possible and take multivitamins every day. The diet should not go on longer than a week and you’re likely to notice jeans that were once tight, loosen.
Why does it work?
Cutting down your calories is a good strategy for losing weight and a bowl of cereal can range between 250-350 calories. This off course depends on how much sugar and what type of milk you use. For great results, use soymilk or low-fat milk and limit your teaspoons of sugar because most cereal contains large amounts as is. It is also beneficial to go for cereal that is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals instead of sugary ones. This will help with your digestion and increase your weight loss.
The cereal diet is also popular because it doesn’t involve signing up for specialized diets. You don’t have to spend money on diet shakes or rob your body of carbohydrates, which can cause unwanted side effects. Through this diet plan, you can get into the habit of controlling your portions and eating regularly throughout the day to keep the metabolism going. Needless to say, it is an affordable alternative and is very simple to follow.
Why doesn’t it work?
The sugar content in most cereals is the problem. Some contain so much sugar; your insulin production is bound to skyrocket. When your blood sugar is too high, it hinders your metabolism from burning fat. You might also experience short periods of high energy that are followed by a quick decline.
Although cereal can be rich in fiber, it might not have all the other nutrients you need. This can result in a variety of symptoms. Diabetics should not attempt the cereal diet at all.