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The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan Paperback – Bargain Price, April 24, 2007

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'A weight-loss theory that might just benefit a few million people.' Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics Responses from Shangri-La bloggers: 'This diet works, it's easy, I eat whatever I feel like, but I snack much less.' 'This is the first time I have ever left food on a plate.' 'Before this, I felt powerless over food. Diets never worked. It was just an addiction. Now I eat when I'm hungry.' 'My interest in chocolate has dropped dramatically.' 'It appealed to my essential laziness.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Seth Roberts is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615541845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615541843
  • ASIN: B0014E92NC
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. I am on the editorial board of the scientific journal Nutrition and have published dozens of scientific articles on many topics, including health, nutrition, and weight control. I blog at

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221 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Fat Man on May 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was very skeptical of the claims made about this diet. Who wouldn't be? It sounds like the ultimate diet scam, designed to appeal to sedentary fat idiots who long to believe they can lose weight without expending any effort or having to give up their favorite junk food. Then I read the book. It's very clear and well-reasoned, but it was still hard to get past the fact that it goes against practically all the standard weight loss ideas I'd ever heard. Of course in the long run none of the standard ideas ever helped me lose weight and keep it off, so I decided to give this method a try. The great thing about it is, it's exceptionally easy and painless and very inexpensive to try it. Spoiler alert! I hate to give away the ending but for me at least it TOTALLY WORKS! I've noticed that people's reactions to this book, with very few exceptions, fall into two categories: those who think it's crazy and can't possibly work, and those who actually try it and are very surprised to find themselves losing weight. The book itself is kind of quirky and offbeat, but seems to be backed up by solid research. For such a small book it sure has a lot of footnotes. Can I just say something? I'm not hungry!
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216 of 224 people found the following review helpful By John Viega on December 10, 2006
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I'm yet another person who is happy with the results from following the guidance in this book. I think that it's clearly true that this "diet" (it is not really a diet per se) is working for a whole lot of people, and also that there are some people for whom it is not working.

It's unlikely that tons and tons of people are all experiencing a similar psychological effect. It's possible, but if that were true, I'd expect that some other fad would have been able to produce a similar widespread effect long ago. And if it is true, then so much the better, and the people who can't reproduce the effect, should move on, and appreciate that it does seem to work for many.

I also think the theory behind why the "diet" works is interesting, but not completely validated. That is, while it seems to work, perhaps the reasons why are wrong (more likely, that the theory isn't totally complete). I think they make intuitive sense, but it may be there's some other factor that differentiates some people, and makes the core idea not work for them.

But I think the most common reason for this not working is probably due to misunderstanding the idea. I've seen the same few mistakes made over and over:

1) Not understanding the diet, and not following it properly. When it passes by word of mouth, for example, many people will try extra-virgin olive oil instead of extra-light olive oil (ELOO).

2) If you're already on a diet, and go off that diet when you start this one (or relax your old diet in any way), you can pretty much guarantee you're going to gain weight, at least in the short term, because your caloric intake is likely to skyrocket, even w/ the appetite control from the ELOO / sugar water.
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135 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Lady M on January 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read about Seth Roberts while reading Freakenomics in late 2007. I was unhappily overweight but didn't really want to go through the diet yo-yo, yet 1 more time. I've done South Beach, Atkins, Zone, blood type diet, low- glycemic, counting calories, and tried going vegetarian for a short while. Long story short, all the diets worked as long as I stayed on them. When I cheated on them, I binged and before long I was back to where I started from + a few more pounds. Enter Seth Roberts... I thought it sounded crazy, everyone I spoke to about it thinks I'm crazy for trying it but in the end no one can argue with the fact that I have gone from a size 12 to a size 6 and kept it off for 2 years. Never during this time have I ever felt like I was depriving myself. It was, without fail the most BORING diet I have ever done and the most SUCCESSFUL. I stopped weighing myself after the first 3 months because I've learned that my weight loss on it felt like 2 steps forward 1 step back the whole time. I'd feel uncomfortably heavy for a few days and then suddenly "woosh", I'd wake up feeling like 5 pds lighter. Weighing myself during these ups and downs ended up messing with my head as the scale would always creep slowly down but never seemed to align with how heavy or light I felt. I now use my clothes as a judge for when I need to oil up again for a week or two. (Now that I'm in maintenance phase, I generally go as much as 3 months without any oil and then a week or two of 2.5 TBS/day and I'm back on track). During my 4 months of weight loss phasing, I was doing 2.5TBS 2xs a day. (I know it's a bit more than Seth's suggested high end, but it worked for me...) I always take my oil as such:
1) I swallow a probiotic with a gulp of COLD water.
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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mary Russell on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In his well-written and easy-to-understand book Mr. Roberts sets forth a controversial weight-loss idea. With much fear and trembling I decided to try his method. Because of my being a borderline diabetic, the sugar water was not an option, and I chose Refined Walnut Oil. True to what Mr. Roberts stated, my strong cravings stopped and I felt full much quicker. Also true to what he said, this won't work if a person eats when they are not hungry (emotional eating). Although I have to deal with this on my own, it is easier now that the cravings have abated.

After 2 1/2 months I have lost 26 pounds. My cholesterol dropped from 290 to 217; my HDL (the good kind) went up 9 points; my LDL (the bad kind) dropped over 100 points; and my triglycerides plummeted 100 points. I truly was amazed.

If you purchase this book, keep in mind that there are many diets available. This particular one works for me. If it works for you, great! If it doesn't, keep looking.
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