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Book Review - The Shangri-La Diet by Seth Roberts, Ph.D.

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A fellow blogger posted some of her thoughts on a new diet that's currently popular, and the concept sounded unique (although somewhat counter-intuitive).  So I decided to pick up the book and see if I could figure out what's going on...  The Shangri-La Diet by Seth Roberts, Ph. D.  I'll definitely be giving this a try, starting today...

Contents: Introduction; Why a Calorie Is Not a Calorie; The Case of the Missing Appetite; A New Theory of Weight Control; How to Do the Shangri-La Diet; Common Questions; Extra Credit - Six More Ways to Lose Weight; Changing the Rest of the World; Appendix - The Science Behind the Theory Behind the Diet; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index

Roberts started seriously investigating this issue when he went on a trip to Paris.  He was looking forward to all the wonderful food he would find there, but soon discovered that his appetite was nearly nonexistent.  Based on previous research he and others did, he determined that the body's "set point", or equilibrium weight that it wants to maintain, controls your hunger levels.  Furthermore, foods that are unique, unfamiliar, or weakly flavored do not cause the body to quickly recognize that calories are on the way.  Therefore, the sense of being "full" arrives more quickly, and the signs of "hunger" don't appear as often or at the same intensity.  The net result is that you obsess less about food and eat less because the signals are not there any more.  Rather than come up with a convoluted program of what to eat and when to eat it, the rules are very simple.  Using sugar water and/or extra-light olive oil, you drink these liquids in caloric quantities of 100 to 400 calories a day, at least an hour away from meals.  The result is that they act like an appetite suppresser, and the effects take you through the day.  And that's pretty much it.  You vary the quantities of those substances in order to adjust your set point movements.  The body then naturally gravitates to the amount of food it needs to get there.

Now, I'm not the type of person to go advocating every new fad diet that's out there.  Currently, I'm on the Jenny Craig program and have lost nearly 50 pounds (with 40 or so left to go).  My big problem is hunger, however.  I'd eat more if it were there (and I sometimes do).  Since the Shangri-La diet isn't changing the food I eat, it can serve as an add-on to help regulate the hunger signals.  And being the emotional cost of getting started is nearly nonexistent, I'd be crazy not to give it a try.  I'm sure all the weight loss "authorities" will deride the diet as being a gimmick with no foundation in reality.  But the reality is that many people have tried it, and it works (and is sustainable).  Therefore, why *not* see if it works?

A well-written book with easy-to-understand explanations.  Very little to lose by giving it a try, and potentially a huge gain in store...


Gravatar Image1 - It didn't work out too well for me... But your results could vary. :)

Gravatar Image2 - I *did* struggle with that final line... Wondering whether a huge weight loss should be considered a "gain" or a "loss".

Gravatar Image3 - I've had good success with the diet, wish you the same.

Gravatar Image4 - Duffbert, I found this page while researching the SLD. Your book review and comments were posted a year ago and I'm wondering what your success was using this weight loss method, thanks, Marie

Gravatar Image5 - *ahem*

I believe you meant to say: "... and potentially a huge loss in store..."


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