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Does the Shangri-La Diet work?

Asked by shared3 (921points) July 12th, 2009

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Is it just psuedoscience? Does it work? Have you tried it firsthand?

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bpeoples's avatar

It sounds really interesting—it sounds more like “body hacking” than psuedoscience, but I haven’t tried it, or read much about it until now =)

One of it’s biggest critics (mostly critiquing Seth Roberts’s science) did say “Jenkins admitted that the diet can only be benign, saying, “It is both cheap and safe.””

I say go for it and let us know what happens =)

ben's avatar

NYTimes has written about it pretty positively, but I’d read the amazon reviews. They seem decently positive, but also somewhat skeptical.

Judi's avatar

My experience has been that ALL diets work if adhered to, and that the real question is, can you sustain the changes for the long haul, or are you going to just gain all the weight back once you quit the diet?

nebule's avatar

not sure… can’t really find on the website anywhere that tells you exactly what it is apart from adding more food…. (and i’m sure that won’t be candy!)... what is it?

tedibear's avatar

@lynneblundell – This is from WebMD: and gives a brief explanation of the diet. (Sorry gang, I can’t figure out how to make that link thingie work!) Personally, the part that cracks me up is this: ” Dieters can eat whatever foods they like, but are advised to stay away from processed foods, refined grains, and foods containing high-fructose corn syrup, and to choose more wholesome foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and foods high in fiber.”

Well, duh! If you do that you’ll lose weight! Yeesh. Seriously, if you want to lose weight, you don’t go on a diet. You change how you eat permanently and in a way that you can live with or you will only lose the weight temporarily. I could go on and on about this subject but will restrain myself!

bpeoples's avatar

@lynneblundell The basic idea is that you’re adding a few hundred calories a day without any flavor attached, this is supposed to trick your body into thinking that it’s overweight and needs to lose the pounds by reducing your appetite.

The creator’s theory is that certain foods (high fat/high sugar foods, in particular) can do the opposite, making your body think it’s underweight and craving more food.

It’s an interesting theory, I’d love to see a clinical trial of it =)

nebule's avatar

hmmm I’m not very convinced my body would be tricked it’s pretty wise to my trickiness these days! lol

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