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?