I have some questions, maybe someone will be kind enough to answer them...
1) What is a "half and half"
2) What is a "smoothie"
3) Please confirm: we are talking about replacing standard calories with spicy SLD calories, not about additional calories.
Sorry if the questions sound odd, but I am not from North America and where I am, we don't have these nouns.
Half and half = half cream, half milk
Smoothie = any blended drink
As for question three, the effect
is that you replace calories, but if your SLD is working right, you don't make an effort to do it. When this diet is working properly, you simply DO NOT WANT food. In theory, the more SLD calories you get, the less food you want. In practice, most of us don't achieve perfect SLD all the time, but it's still the easiest diet on the face of the earth.
The smoothies and the spicing are options. They help. They speed things up a little. You don't have to do them. And there are two ways to make them SLD calories: by spicing them strangely, or by drinking them with your nose pinched shut (those nose clips that swimmers wear are the best way). You can also spice and noseclip regular food. The higher percentage of your calories, the more appetite suppression you'll get.
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