Has anyone tried the Shangri-La diet written by Seth Roberts?
In summary he is a psychologist who discovered a link between flavor of foods and our psychological feeling of hunger. The greater the flavor the stronger the brain associates calories with that food. Eat flavorless foods and the craving reduces dramatically.
Read more at the wikipedia
page or at his own blog
I've tried this diet on and off and the pros are that its very cheap and you do eat less food and eventually have less cravings for food, however, the main complaint about the diet is that the foods that are considered "flavorless" are "Extra Light" (not extra virgin) Olive Oil and/or sugar dissolved in water.
I know there will be a lot of criticism on this forum about the diet, however i would like to know if people have tried it and what they thought. Prefer not to debate with people who've never actually tried the diet.
I should try to summarize the rules of this diet here:
1. drink on a table spoon or dissolved in water one(1) tablespoon of Extra Light (tasting) Olive Oil 1 hour before or 1 hour after any other meals. This can be done up to 2 tablespoons per day assuming that more oil = less cravings.
2. Alternatively dissolve 3 tablespoons of plane granulated white sugar in 1 oz of HOT water and sip very slowly over the course of 1 hour. Also done 1 hour before or 1 hour after a meal. This can also be done in combination with step 1 to get more calories.
3. Can also eat bland food or clip your nose with swimmers nose clips while eating to block the smell.
This is done for many weeks and should result in eating less calories per day and losing about 1-2 pounds per week. Best results are when you calculate your body weight in kgs and multiply by 4 to get X. Then X is the amount of calories to try to drink in olive oil or in sugar water.
I will post below how my results have been. Please read up on it or buy the book