- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399533168
- ISBN-13: 978-0399533167
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight-Loss Plan Paperback – April 24, 2007
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About the Author
Seth Roberts, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of the scientific journal Nutrition and has published dozens of scientific articles on many topics, including health, nutrition, and weight control.
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It's been one week since I began, and normally I'd wait a bit longer to review something, but I was surprised by the changes I feel already (and yes, they could be psychosomatic and placebo, but so what? If it's placebo, it's working) and wanted to talk about them. I felt less of an urge to snack or eat a heavy meal by the third day, but by the fourth day, I woke up, had my tablespoon of oil, and about two hours later I clearly remember looking at the clock and thinking "Oh, yeah, I was going to eat half an hour ago. I forgot. I guess I'll do that now." I didn't feel famished, even though it had been about 12 hours since my last meal, although I was comfortably hungry. I didn't feel an overwhelming urge to indulge. I didn't crave my usual scrambled eggs with (lots of) cheese...I made a sensible choice of a boiled egg, a banana, and half of a whole wheat bagel, because I knew those would wake me up and give me energy. I consciously thought "Oh, so this is what it's like to eat to live." This feeling has continued since. I have made sensible choices of food that will fuel me for the tasks ahead, and eaten only what I felt I would need...but I confess, I did indulge in a homemade dessert that a friend brought along to a book club group last night (she made chocolate chip cookies; I felt my sugar/chocolate craving satisfied after half a cookie...that has never happened. In my life. Ever).
The scale this morning showed I've dropped 1.9 pounds this week.
If this changes later, and if I continue to have positive results, I'll update my review. I'm giving it four stars now, because it's only been a week, but that may go up or down. So far, so good.
EDIT (04/15/2015): It's been a little over three weeks now. I'm now drinking 1 tablespoon of canola oil a day, plus 3 tablespoons of fructose water, which I drink as the book recommends in hot water like one would sip tea (approx. 265 calories per day). My appetite has still been lessened. I've only felt like eating an unhealthy meal once since I began (I chose vegetable korma with buttery naan bread) and have noticed that since I've been doing this, I'm craving fresh vegetables and fruit almost constantly, so that comprises most of my diet. I eat a daily rotating combination of leaf salads, broccoli, cauliflower, avocados, tomatoes, carrots, apples, bananas, and mushrooms daily (obviously I don't eat them ALL every day, but I do choose a combination of three every day), in addition to lean protein twice a day (I am a vegetarian, so I choose either tofu, seitan, beans, or organic veggie burgers if I'm not feeling up to making my own) and two servings of whole grains (I tend to choose from oatmeal, whole wheat bread, or brown rice). I drink LOTS of water, at least 64 oz. a day.
I've lost another four pounds since I first wrote this review. I'm sticking with this. I'm floored that it's actually working.
EDIT (5/6/16) - Three more pounds gone.
I wanted to write a final update on how the method is working for me since I started using this technique. I am happy to report that since I started the diet (10/31/2015) I continued to loss weight steadily, and I am well on my way to reach my weight goal.
In a nutshell, what the SLD method does for you, is that it will make you feel a lot less hungry. When I started, after a couple of days in the diet, I would feel bloated as a blimp after one of my regular meals. So I cut down on food (which actually is the point of any diet). Then I realized I could get the rid of all the foods I knew were bad for me without feeling deprived or extremely hungry.
What the "eat what you want" bit implies is that you are not restricted to eat certain foods, leave alone, having to buy special dieting foods (which will save you a ton of money). You can eat what you want and your body will do the regulation; If I over-eat, I'll feel bloated all day long. Another perk of the "eat what you want" is that you can treat yourself a few times per week to a very nice meal at a restaurant, and I suppose there's less risk of a weight rebound compared to, let's say, a diet that bans bread.
Now, the diet requires that you drink oil in a regular basis. I was concerned about that fat (and its associated risks), but then I realized I was getting every day the same amount of fat from cheese. Hence, cheese and all diary checked out of my fridge. Also, Amazon has been very accommodating to my SLD requirements, since their online price for Flax Seed Oil is unbeatable =)
As far as results, I've lost a lot of weight: after nearly 14 months, a bit more than 50 pounds. It is an impressive mark, but note it took me time and also effort - as I lost more weight, I had to increasingly do more exercise and be more strict with the food I ate in order to keep a good weight loss rate. I suppose even an easy method like this one requires some commitment. I've lent the book to many friends and colleagues, and, well, the guy who had some success with it was the one that actually followed-through with the advice.
Conclusion? I would say this book will provide you a technique to lower your hunger levels. I have a trick to effectively arrest those food cravings whenever I feel like wanting go back my old ways. So the information is good, but it is not a magic potion. You still have to do the legwork. You have to be committed, and reading the book may be the start for you as it was for me. Are you up to the challenge?
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I tried the diet for several months and I felt amazing!Read more