Sunday, April 02, 2006

Losing weight with Shangri-La

Now that I've read The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan - I got an early copy - I have a good guess at what I did wrong before. Two main things: (1) I didn't consume enough sugar calories, (2) I probably drank Diet Coke too close to the time I drank sugar water, producing much the same effect as if I just drank sugared coke.

So I'm back on the diet, investing more care and more calories. I'm finding the need to drink Diet Coke is reduced along with the need to eat. With the combination of appropriate sugar water and regular exercise I lost almost a pound a day in the first week (though some of that is water weight).

Seth recommends unflavored oil as an alternative to sugar water. I found oil nearly impossible at first - it made me nauseous. So I made a point of sipping a *little* oil each night before bed. At first I only did 1/8 tsp of cold oil. I got up to 1/2 tsp last night and it's definitely getting easier.

Measuring out appropriate amounts of sugar and oil can be tedious. Oil especially, since it's such a pain to clean the spoon or any spill. I'm going to do some experiments and see if I can cheaply construct a standardized oil dispenser packet. Another project that occurred to me is to research if there is a tasteless (or close enough) vitamin powder that could be mixed it in with either the oil or the sugar to make up for the nutrients we aren't getting in the normal food we're all not eating.

So here's a question: if you had a prepackaged amount of Extra-Light Olive Oil in a format you could carry easily in a purse or pocket - some sort of tear-and-use packet - how /much/ oil should be in each packet? I'm thinking it might be best to measure it in calories rather than tablespoons. What would work best? 100 calories? 150? 300?

Would pre-measured sugar be useful to you? If so, same question - how much do you want in a packet?


At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Different people would have different calorie requirements, of course. You might want to offer different sizes, say 300 calorie and 200 calorie.

BTW, where did you get the book? It's not available on Amazon until later this month.

Also, do you know if the type of oil makes a big difference? Is olive oil much more palatable than canola oil?

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Glen said...

I've only tried olive oil. The important thing is that the oil be flavorless or nearly so; if you start to like it you should switch to another type. I'm not sure about palatable, but olive oil is supposed to be better for you than some others.

I received a preview copy of the book from Seth's publisher because I was one of the first people to blog about trying the diet; Seth's publisher is milking the internet angle hoping to build some early buzz.

Big-name food companies are pretty risk-averse, so we probably won't get goods tailored to this diet for quite a while unless somebody does a proof-of-concept first. So I'm brainstorming and experimenting.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

I got a squeeze bottle and used a permanent marker to mark it every two tablespoons. I then shoot the oil to the back of my mouth so I barely taste it and wash it down with water.

I've also used a cold medicine "shot glass" that has a two tablespoon line. That is easy to pour into as well.

Obviously I'd be the most interested in two tablespoon packages ;)

I'm glad of the update and added a link to this post at


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