Originally Posted by toates89
so how bad would be it if i ate only special k and total cereal. if its bad what would i need to add to my diet?
That is the absolute worst idea for a diet...ever. I'll let you get by with the ignorance excuse, but only because you're a college student. If you just ate cereal for a whole week (you'd be lucky if you made it for a week, you'd be so bored) you would notice an almost immediate change in your metabolism and chances are you wouldn't see much result as your body would be storing everything it takes in. You'd know this by the fact that you'd probably be urinating alot and not ****ting. You would probably wind up getting sick from lack of nutrients (just because Total and Special K have "essential vitamins and minerals" doesn't mean they have all of the essential vitamins and minerals).
You wanna slim down a bit and tone up? Try a high fiber breakfast (I do Kashi Cereal, GoLean! Crunch with Vanilla soy milk (8th Continent, Silk tastes like butt). For lunch go with either a salad and dressing of choice, a grilled chicken/tuna sandwich (subbing mashed avocado for mayo in the tuna is delicious, although the mayo will be good for some much needed fat calories). Don't just stick with those two options, be creative but be smart, lean meats and fish are your friends here, rice is good as well. Between lunch and dinner, have one or two snacks, your favorite fruit and Nature Valley granola bars fill this role perfectly. For dinner you can eat to your heart's content (within reason, obviously, don't go for fast food). Pasta, steak, rice, vegetables, whatever you like...just don't overindulge.
As for the actual work part of it. Run, and run alot. While you're running, vary the pace with some sprints and cool down periods, this will allow you to run for longer while at the same time building up your wind. Do few sets of pushups, situps, squats, etc. before bed.
Trust me, it won't be easy, and it takes a huge commitment on your part to keep up with it, but there will be noticable benefits within a matter of weeks (~2 weeks and you'll start to feel it) and the even greater benefit of it is that after you've done it for a while it'll all be second nature and you'll actually enjoy your routine and your eating habits.
Note: I am not a nutritionist. I do, however, follow this diet in conjunction with my training with desirable results. This isn't a fad fast weight loss diet, it's a long term change of lifestyle diet.