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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shagri-La Week 1

Well it's been a week since I started swallowing oil as an attempt to lose weight, and so far my stats haven't changed -- I'm still 161 lbs and 36.1% BF.

However, I have been noticing some effect on my appetite. I'm currently experiencing a "Thanksgiving Full" after my lunch today, even though I didn't eat as much as I usually do. In fact, I'm feeling a little overstuffed, and I kind of wish I could take some of that pasta back out of me. So perhaps the appetite suppression is setting in a little bit.

I moved up to two tablespoons of oil -- one in the morning, and one in the afternoon -- starting Sunday. Most people on the diet take between 2 and 4 tablespoons, and many are adding other methods espoused in the Shangri-La Diet book. I'm still waiting for my copy of the book to arrive in the mail, so I'll wait to see if I want to add any other methods. But for now I'm taking a gradual approach and adding elements one thing at a time to let my body adjust to the changes.

Some people on the discussion forum are talking about xylitol -- a sugar alcohol made from things like tree bark. It has 2/3 the calories sugar has and acts rather strongly in suppressing appetite. It also is purportedly beneficial for your teeth and even sinus infections, since it kills bacteria and yeast. Ian argues that this could be bad too, because your body needs some of the bacteria living in it -- particularly in the digestinal tract. This is probably why sugar alcohols often have a laxative effect. However, it's my suspicion that oil might have quite the opposite effect, and so maybe a combination of the two wouldn't be altogether unwelcome.

I'm considering adding some xylitol to my routine, but for now I'll stick to the 2T oil. Don't want to rush into anything.

I'll report back on progress next week.

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