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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Eff Shangri-La!

Well, I was going to give the Shangri-La diet until the end of November, but I decided today I just can't take it anymore, and I'm giving it up. My weigh in this week was exactly the same as last week, yet again, and I'm tired of swallowing oil twice a day and seeing nothing to keep me motivated.

On the brighter side, I don't feel like as much of a lump as I felt three weeks ago. I don't know if that is a feeling that I can attribute to the oil diet, but it's not a bad place to be when you are trying to lose weight, so I'll take it.

As for the Shangri-La Diet, I think it's something that needs a lot more study, experimentation, and confirmation of results before it's marketed to the general public, and I suspect that is why it isn't as popular it would be if it really worked. I mean, it's been around since the early 2000's, and a few weeks ago was the first I'd heard of it.

Some people are having success with this diet, just like some people have success with any diet. But how much of that is placebo, and how much is individual chemistry, and how much is universal science is really still up in the air. SLD followers do consider themselves guinea pigs, though, so at least they're being realistic. And Seth does tout self-experimentation as a positive thing about his experience in discovering the diet.

More power to all of them, I say, but I'm quitting this crap.

Now, Ian had me agree to try his diet, which he once lost a lot of weight doing. It's basically a meal plan that is low-glycemic, and focuses on complex carbs, extremely limited corn syrup and starch, and lots of protein and vegetables. His description sounded very healthy, and so I think it will have a better chance of working out for me than SLD did. The only problem is I have to severely limit my sweets, which is difficult, but I will give it just as honest of an effort as I gave SLD.

We are going to work out the meal plan in the next couple days, and hopefully I'll get going on The Healthy Food Diet (Ian's less than creative title, but he says that the point is to firmly plant one's tongue in one's cheek. Alright, sweety.) by next week.

Then I'll track those results soon. Hopefully those blogs will be more interesting than these have been!


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