The rules are:
- Consume 100-400 calories of sugar water and/or flavorless edible oil daily.
- Consume the sugar water and/or oil before or well after meals - at least an hour away.
Strangely enough, this dramatically reduces hunger, making it easy to lose weight. Under the influence of this regime, you are less hungry, you think about food less often, and when do eat you feel full faster. So it's easy to eat less and even skip meals now and then.Seth Roberts
is the inventor of this diet, which he describes in a just-released book called The Shangri-La Diet
(amazon link). I received an advance copy of the book.Does the diet work? Yes.
As far as I can tell, it works just as advertised. And the book has all the specific instructions, tips, caveats, explanations, and related ideas you might need to try it out for yourself.
I'm still not sure I believe Seth's explanation for why
it works, but that it does
work is clear. What's the rationale?
Seth thinks of hunger as an addiction mechanism - a Pavlovian response to the connection between taste and calories. According to Seth, the most fattening foods have these characteristics:
- a strong taste
- quickly accessible calories
- consistent taste - the same every time
- familiarity - you've had it many times
Foods that satisfy all those criteria are fattening, not merely because they have calories but because they reinforce the addiction - you eat, are satisfied, and are prone to repeat the experience.
According to the theory, foods with weak or no taste fail to reinforce your tendency to get hungry and thereby lower your set-point so you can get thin.
So lately I've been taking about 300 calories of sugar water (20 sugar cubes dissolved in a liter of water) daily and an occasional tablespoon of extra-light olive oil at bedtime. This makes it easy to reduce snacking and eat smaller and/or fewer meals. Augmenting "less food" with my usual videogame exercise regime (In The Groove
is my main exercise this week), I have been steadily losing weight and reducing my bodyfat percentage.
If you're having trouble losing weight, I highly recommend getting the book and trying it out. I am a satisfied customer.
Shangri-La Diet (amazon)