Shopping Guide

11 Best Brand Name Cereals for Weight Loss

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Just as some of us can barely function without a morning cup of coffee, others can’t imagine starting their day without a bowl of cereal.

In fact, despite reports of the breakfast staple's declining popularity, cold cereal is still the most popular breakfast in America, according to global information and measurement company, Nielsen. And it’s easy to see why. Cereal is easy to prepare and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other a.m. favorites like yogurt parfaits and coffee-shop egg sandwiches. Not to mention, those delicious, colorful flakes and are downright delicious. But when you’re trying to lose weight, picking just any variety won’t do. We’re looking at you, Count Chocula—sorry!

For every healthy pick on the supermarket shelf, it seems there are dozens of diet-derailing options (often slapped with misleading weight-loss claims) that are overflowing with health-harming sugar and void of any nutritional value. However, if you know what to look for, you can munch your way to a fitter, trimmer you. While the cereal boxes below don’t have a cute cartoon character on the front or a prize at the bottom, they will fuel your day right and help you reach your better-body goals in no time! And to keep up your weight loss, blast fat fast with help from Insanity trainer Shaun T, Maria Menounos, Padma Lakshmi and more using these FREE 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Secrets From Skinny People!

General Mills Kix

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General Mills Kix, 1 cup

Calories

88

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

20 g

Fiber

2.5 g

Sugar

2.5 g

Protein

1.6 g

General Mills Kix

Kid-tested, nutritionist-approved, this childhood fave is one low-sugar kids’ cereal we can actually get behind. Give it a grown-up spin by adding blueberries to your crispy corn puff-filled bowl. Not only is the duo delicious, the fruit lends some disease-fighting antioxidants and additional fiber. It’s a win-win!

Kashi GoLean Crunch!

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Kashi GoLean Crunch!, 1 cup

Calories

250

Fat

4 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

50 g

Fiber

10 g

Sugar

17 g

Protein

12 g

Kashi GoLean Crunch!

Ten grams of heart-healthy, belly-filling fiber goes a long way toward making up for the higher-than-ideal sugar content of these hearty clusters. This cereal not only tastes delicious with milk, but also makes a sweet, crunchy addition to plain Greek yogurt.

Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice

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Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice, 1 cup

Calories

110

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

25 g

Fiber

1 g

Sugar

1 g

Protein

2 g

Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice

Sure they may go "snap, crackle, pop" but these 100 percent whole-grain, gluten-free puffs are a more nutritious choice than the brand you’re likely thinking of. This low-sugar cereal carries a slightly nutty flavor and pairs well with both strawberries and raspberries. These fruits provide the hunger-busting fiber this otherwise nutritious cereal lacks, ensuring you’ll stay satiated until lunch.

Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries

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Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries, 1 cup

Calories

110

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

27 g

Fiber

3 g

Sugar

9 g

Protein

2 g

Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries

This cereal employs wheat bran to up its fiber count and freeze-dried strawberries for some natural sweetness. While the flakes obviously pair well with milk and spoon, they also make for an iron- and vitamin C-rich base for a sweet and salty trail mix. Just add pretzel sticks, almonds and walnuts.

Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat ’n Bran

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Post Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat ’n Bran, 1 cup

Calories

160

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

38.4 g

Fiber

7 g

Sugar

0 g

Protein

4.8 g

Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Wheat ’n Bran

This cereal is made with just whole-grain wheat and wheat bran—a pure base crying out for fresh blueberries or bananas. In addition to serving up a decent share of hunger-quelling protein and fiber in every bowl, Wheat ’n Bran also provides 20 percent of the day’s phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in how the body uses carbs and fats. It also helps the body make protein. Don’t forget: The more protein you’ve got, the more calories you burn at rest, so this is a great added bonus to your morning cereal bowl!

Erewhon Raisin Bran

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Erewhon Raisin Bran, 1 cup

Calories

180

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

40 g

Fiber

6 g

Sugar

8 g

Protein

6 g

Erewhon Raisin Bran

Post and Total varieties of Raisin Bran carry between 17 and 19 grams of the sweet stuff. Erewhon Raisin Bran has less than half that amount, making it the clear winner in the category. The only downside is that these flakes aren’t fortified with the same alphabet of vitamins typically found in cereal boxes—but that’s no reason to pass them up. Just be sure to compensate by taking in an array of nutrients throughout the day.

Kashi GOLEAN Vanilla Graham Clusters

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Kashi® GOLEAN® Vanilla Graham Clusters, 1 cup

Calories

170

Fat

1.5 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

36 g

Fiber

9 g

Sugar

9 g

Protein

11 g

Kashi GOLEAN Vanilla Graham Clusters

Cereals rich in fiber and whole grains reduce the risk of disease and early death, say Harvard School of Public Health researchers. Lucky for you, these clusters are made with fiber-rich whole grains like brown rice, triticale, barley, rye, buckwheat and bran—oh, and they have a slightly sweet vanilla taste and crunchy texture you’re sure to love, too.

General Mills Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

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General Mills Cinnamon Burst Cheerios, 1 cup

Calories

120

Fat

2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

27 g

Fiber

3 g

Sugar

9 g

Protein

2 g

General Mills Cinnamon Burst Cheerios

This cereal employs all the cholesterol-busting power of oat bran and then adds just a touch of sweetness to pump up the flavor. What’s more, a cup of this a.m. treat provides 50 percent of the day's folic acid, a nutrient that may help ward off high blood pressure. Note: Although Cinnamon Burst Cheerios (and the Wheaties mentioned below) currently contain BHT, a preservative banned in other parts of the world because it’s thought to be carcinogenic, General Mills is in the process of removing it from their cereals, which is why it still has a place on our list.

Quaker Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar

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Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar, 1 packet

Calories

120

Fat

2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

24 g

Fiber

3 g

Sugar

4 g

Protein

4 g

Quaker Lower Sugar Maple & Brown Sugar

Although we typically recommend slow-cooking oats, we know that sometimes mornings can be hectic at best. If you find yourself in a time crunch or even just want to keep a healthy snack stashed in your desk drawer, we recommend this low-sugar variety by Quaker. It has a third of the sugar of the original variety, but the same great taste. Promise.

General Mills Wheaties

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General Mills Wheaties, 1 cup

Calories

133

Fat

1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

29 g

Fiber

4 g

Sugar

5 g

Protein

2.7 g

General Mills Wheaties

Low in calories and sugar, high in gut-filling fiber and loaded with 45 percent of the day’s muscle-building iron, Wheaties really is the breakfast of champions. Although it isn’t particularly flavorful, it does make a good base for nutritious add-ins like berries and nuts.

General Mills Fiber One

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General Mills Fiber One, 1 cup

Calories

120

Fat

2 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Carbs

50 g

Fiber

28 g

Sugar

0 g

Protein

4 g

General Mills Fiber One

If you used to avoid this super fiber-filled cereal because of its inclusion of aspartame, we’ve got some good news! General Mills recently gave the controversial ingredient the axe. So go ahead and sprinkle this cereal over Greek yogurt instead of granola for a fiber- and protein-filled start to the day.


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AND THE WORST CEREALS

Quaker Natural Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds

(102 g, 1 cup)
420 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 26 g sugars
Granola must have a heck of a PR guy. After all, someone managed to convince an entire nation of eaters that clumps of oats and raisins glued together with sugar is somehow healthy. Five years as America’s Worst Cereal, we hope, cuts through the spin. One cup has the calorie equivalent of 3 servings of Cookie Crisp cereal!

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks

(1 cup)
133 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 20 g sugars
This is among the most sugar-loaded boxes in the cereal aisle.

Post Cocoa Pebbles

(1 cup)
160 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated), 0 g fiber, 15 g sugars
Not just devoid of fiber, but also soaked with hydrogenated oils.

General Mills Golden Grahams

(1 cup)
160 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 15 g sugars
Loaded with sugar, lacking in fiber, and saturated with sodium.

General Mills Reese’s Puffs

(1 cup)
160 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 1 g fiber, 13 g sugars
Oxford researchers rated this the unhealthiest cereal in the supermarket.

General Mills Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

(1 cup)
160 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 3 g fiber, 13 g sugars
Worse than most junk cereal.

General Mills Cinnamon Chex

(1 cup)
160 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated), <1 g fiber 11 g sugars
This cereal delivers more than 130 calories of pure carbohydrates.

Quaker Life

(1 cup)
160 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 2.5 g fiber, 8 g sugars
Life isn’t the worst cereal on the shelf, but it does pack in more than three times as much sugar as fiber.

Kashi Strawberry Fields

120 calories, 0 g fat, 1 g fiber, 9 g sugars
This is one of Kashi’s biggest flops. Strawberry Fields features white rice instead of
the 7 Whole Grain Blend found in many of its cereals.


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