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Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D.Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D.
Jennifer Nelson is your link to a better diet. As specialty editor for food and nutrition, she plays a vital role in bringing you healthy recipes and meal planning.
"Nutrition is one way people have direct control over the quality of their lives," she says. "I hope to translate the science of nutrition into ways that people can select and prepare great-tasting foods that help maintain health and treat disease."
Nelson, a St. Paul, Minn., native, is a registered dietitian and has been with Mayo Clinic since 1978. She is director of clinical dietetics and an associate professor of nutrition at College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.
She leads clinical nutrition efforts for a staff of more than 70 clinical dietitians and nine dietetic technicians and oversees staffing, strategic and financial planning, and quality improvement. Nelson was co-editor of the James Beard Foundation Award-winning "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook" and the New York Times best-seller "The Mayo Clinic Diet."
She's been a contributing author to and reviewer of many other Mayo Clinic books and publications, including "The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book," "The Mayo Clinic/Williams Sonoma Cookbook" and the "Mayo Clinic Health Letter." She contributes to the strategic direction of nutrition, healthy eating and healthy recipes content, including creating recipes and menus, preparing and reviewing nutrition content, contributing to the Nutrition-wise blog, and answering nutrition questions.
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The Special K diet: Helpful for weight loss?
What is the Special K diet? Can it help me lose weight?
from Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D.
The Special K diet is a diet plan created by Kellogg, the manufacturer of Special K cereal. Officially known as the Special K Challenge, the diet promises that you can lose nearly 5 pounds (2.3 kg) in two weeks.
The diet encourages you to replace two meals, such as breakfast and lunch, with a low-fat, low-calorie Special K product, such as Special K cereal, protein meal bar or shake. You can eat your third meal as you normally would. You may also snack on fruits and vegetables or additional Special K products.
Replacing one or two meals a day with portion-controlled products may result in eating fewer calories than you normally would. It can also take the guesswork out of what to eat, thereby making it easier to diet. And this appears to be the case with the Special K diet, at least in the short term.
On the other hand, the Special K diet may leave you feeling hungry and deprived because of the diet's limited food options. It also may be difficult to stick to the diet long enough to reach your weight-loss goal.
And once you stop the Special K diet, you may regain any weight you lost because you haven't learned how to change unhealthy behaviors that led to your weight gain to begin with, such as overeating and lack of exercise. Remember, the key to permanent weight loss is developing healthy eating and exercise habits.Next question
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- Special K Challenge. http://www.specialk.com. Accessed May 1, 2013.
- Mattes RD. Ready-to-eat cereal used as a meal replacement promotes weight loss in humans. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2002;21:570.
- Maki KC, et al. Whole-grain ready-to-eat oat cereal, as part of a dietary program for weight loss, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults with overweight and obesity more than a dietary program including low-fiber control foods. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010;110:205.
- Vander Wal JS, et al. Ready-to-eat cereal products as meal replacements for weight loss. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. 2007;58:331.
- Nelson JK (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. May 1, 2013.