The Shangri-La Diet
Psychologist and professor Seth Roberts has spent years analyzing why most diets don’t work. A maverick with a curious mind, and a yen for self-experimentation, he started by asking a simple question most experts haven’t tackled: What makes us feel hungry in the first place?
After scouring the scientific literature and tirelessly testing various theories and practices, Roberts hit upon a simple, effective strategy for controlling the body’s internal "set point"- that is, the thermostat that controls weight gain or loss. The solution was counterintuitive: By taking two daily servings of either extra-light olive oil or plain sugar water, he took control of his appetite, with astonishing results. Roberts lost thirty-five pounds in only three months, and he has kept it off for five years. Since then, others have replicated these results, and formal clinical trials will soon be under way.
With the publication of this unique and groundbreaking book, Seth Roberts’s program will be available to anyone who wants to lose weight-a little or a lot-and keep it off. The Shangri-La Diet includes specific instructions for tailoring the program for individual needs and goals, as well as expert tips, variations, success stories, and an illuminating explanation of how Roberts devised the diet and why it works so well.
A diet program simple enough for anyone to try, The Shangri-La Diet has the potential to radically change the way we think about weight loss-and deliver remarkably easy, sustainable results.
About the Author
Seth Roberts, Ph.D., is a tenured professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the scientific journal Nutrition, and has published dozens of scientific articles on topics that include health, nutrition, and weight control. Articles about his work have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, and such major scientific journals as Science and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. His second book, The Science of One, will be published by the Penguin Press in 2008.
Too good to be true, but true nevertheless, May 4, 2006
I was very skeptical of the claims made about this diet. Who wouldn’t be? It sounds like the ultimate diet scam, designed to appeal to sedentary fat idiots who long to believe they can lose weight without expending any effort or having to give up their favorite junk food. Then I read the book. It’s very clear and well-reasoned, but it was still hard to get past the fact that it goes against practically all the standard weight loss ideas I’d ever heard. Of course in the long run none of the standard ideas ever helped me lose weight and keep it off, so I decided to give this method a try. The great thing about it is, it’s exceptionally easy and painless and very inexpensive to try it. Spoiler alert! I hate to give away the ending but for me at least it TOTALLY WORKS! I’ve noticed that people’s reactions to this book, with very few exceptions, fall into two categories: those who think it’s crazy and can’t possibly work, and those who actually try it and are very surprised to find themselves losing weight. The book itself is kind of quirky and offbeat, but seems to be backed up by solid research. For such a small book it sure has a lot of footnotes. Can I just say something? I’m not hungry!