I am quoting the core of the post below. Well worth a visit to the original (above) if you are interested in dieting or losing weight.
The graph covers the 321-day period ending on July 6, 2010.
Two-month pre-diet baseline: Aug. 22 to Oct. 21, 2009 Shangri La diet: Oct. 22, 2009 to July 6, 2010 Weight immediately prior to start of diet (ten-day avg.): 222.4 lbs. (100.9 kg.) Weight as of July 6, 2010 (ten-day avg.): 193.6 lbs. (87.8 kg.) Total weight lost during this period: 28.8 lbs. (13.1 kg.) Average weight loss per week: 0.78 lbs. (0.35 kg.) / weekSummaryI lost about 29 pounds / 13 kg. (as of July 6, 2010) by following a diet that was developed by psychologist Seth Roberts. Briefly, the Shangri La diet involves appetite suppression via the ingestion of flavorless calories in the form of oil and/or sugar water. The diet is described here and here, among other places.BackgroundI first heard of the Shangri La diet when I read this article in the New York Times back in September, 2005. The diet seemed so bizarre that the idea of it stuck with me—until, about four years later, I finally decided to try it.Being 5' 10" tall and weighing 222 lbs. (1.8 m / 100.7 kg.), I wanted to lose weight, and I was looking for a diet that would satisfy the following five criteria:
The Shangri La diet met all five criteria, so I tried it—to some success.
- It wouldn't require me to change the types of foods that I eat. I'm a vegan for ethical reasons, and I did not want to stray from that philosophy. (Note, for example, that it's very difficult, if not impossible, to eat a low-carbohydrate diet without consuming animal products.)
- The diet wouldn't depend on willpower, at least not heavily. Knowing myself, I would not be able to adhere to a diet that could be sustained only by exerting an iron will (which is, essentially, almost all diets).
- The diet did not have any obvious characteristics that might cause one to believe that it would be harmful to your health.
- The diet wouldn't require regular exercise. I've hated exercise my whole life, and I don't have time for it, anyway.
- The diet could be continued indefinitely.