The Shangri-La Diet, Between Hard Covers

Way back when, we wrote about the Berkeley psychology Seth Roberts and his yen for self-experimentation in the realms of mood, sleep, and especially weight control.

Because there was such an intense interest in his work, we asked him to guest-blog on this site, which he did, for several days. (If you want to read a complete record of Seth Roberts on this blog, just type “Seth Roberts” in the search box to the right.)

Roberts’s diet, which is really a mode of controlling the appetite, was in great demand. So now he has written a book, The Shangri-La Diet, which is just about to be published. (One blogger has called it “absurd, ridiculous, and remarkable.”)

He also made an appearance on Good Morning America, during which Diane Sawyer swallowed a spoonful of olive oil, one of Roberts’s favorite appetite suppressants.

I know that Roberts incorporated into his book quite a bit of what he learned from commenters on this blog (including early adopters of the diet), so I’m sure he’s appreciative. You’re more than welcome to comment further here but I’m guessing the traffic will be heartier over at Roberts’s own website.

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  1. kkwan says:

    I read the original article here with great interest. The theory was fairly sound and I have tried it with some success. I’ve lost 13 lbs over 2 months now. I’ve faltered lately due to illness but generally it works.

    The reason I believe the theory to be sound is that it follows the natural ‘feast or famine’ cycles of nature. The western diet rarely ever enters the famine cycle since food is readily available and processed enough to provide the same flavor and calories. It also makes a strong correlation between flavor and calories and that taste is a mechanism our bodies use to identify foods, which also seems to be a natural conclusion.

    There are two components that lead to weight loss. One is the lowering of the set point due to flavorless calories and the second is natural appetite suppression. I have experienced both. Others have with greater success than I. You can find a handful of blogs on the matter if you search Shangrli La Diet on the internet.

    I hope that this diet can lead to an easy way to maintenance our growing obesity issues. And the diet is ridiculously cheap!

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  2. kkwan says:

    I read the original article here with great interest. The theory was fairly sound and I have tried it with some success. I’ve lost 13 lbs over 2 months now. I’ve faltered lately due to illness but generally it works.

    The reason I believe the theory to be sound is that it follows the natural ‘feast or famine’ cycles of nature. The western diet rarely ever enters the famine cycle since food is readily available and processed enough to provide the same flavor and calories. It also makes a strong correlation between flavor and calories and that taste is a mechanism our bodies use to identify foods, which also seems to be a natural conclusion.

    There are two components that lead to weight loss. One is the lowering of the set point due to flavorless calories and the second is natural appetite suppression. I have experienced both. Others have with greater success than I. You can find a handful of blogs on the matter if you search Shangrli La Diet on the internet.

    I hope that this diet can lead to an easy way to maintenance our growing obesity issues. And the diet is ridiculously cheap!

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  3. ethesis says:

    I’ve lost 51 pounds (as of this morning) on the diet, after first running into it on this blog (after I bought a copy of your book — thanks for the bookplate, btw).

    I’ve been really pleased with it all, started November 13 and it has gone very well.

    My metabolism never shut down (which always happened with diets before), no strength loss, just steady weight loss.

    Thanks again for posting on this when you did.

    Stephen
    http://ethesis.blogspot.com/

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  4. ethesis says:

    I’ve lost 51 pounds (as of this morning) on the diet, after first running into it on this blog (after I bought a copy of your book — thanks for the bookplate, btw).

    I’ve been really pleased with it all, started November 13 and it has gone very well.

    My metabolism never shut down (which always happened with diets before), no strength loss, just steady weight loss.

    Thanks again for posting on this when you did.

    Stephen
    http://ethesis.blogspot.com/

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  5. ethesis says:

    I’ve heard that the diet book just broke into the New York Times best seller list. If that is true, this next week should see some real interest and attention.

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  6. ethesis says:

    I’ve heard that the diet book just broke into the New York Times best seller list. If that is true, this next week should see some real interest and attention.

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  7. ethesis says:

    I’m surprised there aren’t more posts.

    I’m grateful to this blog for pointing me to Seth Roberts. I’ve lost more than sixty pounds (about 64 this morning) and appreciate it very much.

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  8. ethesis says:

    I’m surprised there aren’t more posts.

    I’m grateful to this blog for pointing me to Seth Roberts. I’ve lost more than sixty pounds (about 64 this morning) and appreciate it very much.

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