After week 1, I have lost weight. I’m now at 232 pounds.
The Shangri-La diet does seem to help control my appettite. I don’t have the cravings to snack in between meals. What is more strange to me is I don’t have as much a desire for sugary drinks like pop. I bought a 12-pack of ginger ale a few days ago and I’ve drank only one. And I like ginger ale.
So maybe this thing works. Now, on to week 2.
OK, so I’ve put on a few pounds.Â Time to lose some weight. I tried Weight Watchers a couple of years ago and had some great success. Trouble is I just can’t get into it again. I’m always hungry.
Â So exercise, right? Well when I’ve tried burning more calories, my body compensated for the lost calories by making me more hungry so I would replace what I lost. So that doesn’t work.
Â So what now? Well I need to find something where I can eat less and not feel hungry.
Enter the Shangri-la Diet;Â theÂ first diet fad of the blogosphere. It works like this, eat somewhere between 100 to 300 (depending on how much weight you want to lose) of flavorless calories in the form of sugar water or extra-light olive oil at least one hour before or after you eat a meal. The idea behind it is that the sugar water or olive oil (it must be extra-light) is flavorless. Flavorless calories will help you lower you body’s set point (the weight your body wants to be). As a result, you won’t feel hungry and will therefore eat fewer calories.
Calorie lab isn’t conviced. As they point out, this is a calorie-restriction diet. They call that “unnatural”. I would agree it is unnatural as long as you are fighting your natural hunger. If you just aren’t hungry, it is natural to reduce your intake of calories. So let’s see how it goes.
Jason’s starting weight: 235 lbs.