Cheerios Diet


If you are one of the millions of overweight Americans, you may be contemplating a new diet. With so many choices, it may be challenging finding the right one for you. Your local bookstore is filled with countless books on dieting. Many of these require you to micromanage calories, figure precise servings and eat exotic foods. If you’re looking for a simple, healthy diet, you may be interested in the Cheerios diet.

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Why Cheerios?

Cereal lovers rejoice! Since 1941, Cheerios has been an important part of your good breakfast. Today, it also can be an important jump start to better health through weight loss. Cheerios contains soluble fiber that has been shown to lower cholesterol. The cereal is made with 100% natural whole grain oats, which contain vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants. With only 1 gram of sugar per serving, Cheerios is a wise addition to your healthy diet.

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The Cheerios Diet

Oftentimes, the most difficult part of losing weight is getting started. While the Cheerios diet may not be a long-term solution, it can be an ideal way to get you back on track with a lifetime of healthy eating.

Follow the Cheerios diet for two weeks. The rules are simple. Eat a bowl (about ¾ cup) of Cheerios for breakfast and lunch, adding fresh fruit for flavor. Use 1 percent or skim milk. Eat a sensible dinner, preferably one consisting of protein, because you won’t be getting much for breakfast and lunch. Eat enough so you become full, and be sure to enjoy your evening meal.

You are allowed three snacks throughout the day, between breakfast and lunch, between lunch and dinner and in the evening after dinner. The snack should be fresh fruit or raw vegetables. You also can have low-fat cereal bars or prepackaged 100-calorie snacks.

If you grow tired of regular Cheerios, you can substitute any of the other flavors. Try Honey Nut, Banana Nut, MultiGrain, Yogurt Burst Vanilla or Yogurt Burst Strawberry. With so many options, you’re sure to find a few Cheerios flavors you’ll enjoy.

If you stick with the diet for two weeks, you should experience weight loss. At that point, start to incorporate a variety of nutritious foods into your diet. You should follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recommendations. Now that you have a jump start on weight loss, you’re on your way to a healthier life through proper nutrition.

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Bowl of cheerios with strawberries (Image: spirit_of_nature/iStock/Getty Images)

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