Update on me:
I got below my goal by about 2lbs and subsequently revised it to about 4.5lbs thinner total (which is the bottom of my healthy weight range, and I think not inappropriate, given my diminutive height). I added exercise to my regular regime recently (for health reasons- there's type two diabetes in my family), began replacing the junk food in my diet with more nutritious alternatives (again, health reasons- I want to avoid diabetes) and began happily shedding the weight at a rather slow pace (I'm in no hurry, so this is fine by me). However, I did not increase my oil intake from my maintenance level of a tablespoon. The increased activity led to an increase in appetite and also more of a tendency to overeat partly out of a sense of entitlement born of not being sedentary. I also am pre-menstrual currently (so I'm bloated anyway) and, to add insult to injury, I skipped my oil on three separate occasions this week and subsequently binge ate on or close to each of those days. The upshot is that my weight is up by about 2.5lbs, so instead of losing some of the little bit extra that I'd planned to, I am now a little over my goal weight. I've decided to take action before the binge eating gets out of hand. This experience has shown me just what a difference the oil does make to my appetite, even though I often think it doesn't at maintenance level, given that I eat numerous times daily and have lost the never-hungry experience of early SLD days. Without oil, I am exactly as I was before- prone to binge eating, much less controlled around food, finding it difficult to place limits on myself and stick to them (though I'm still better at it than pre-SLD- even with a low and occasionally skipped oil dose, when I do binge I can keep it within parameters, which is not something that pre-dates my discovery of the SLD).
As part of my new, tightened-up regime (which I'll follow til I reach my new goal, then get back to a modified slackness consistent with maintaining my weight loss), I have just taken my regular maintenance tablespoon (metric tbsp: 20mls) plus an extra half tablespoon to get my appetite down for tomorrow, so that I'll eat less to compensate for today's earlier episode of binge eating. Tomorrow I will have two tablespoons of ELOO, take a forty minute walk and take advantage of the increased AS. I'm thinking I'll combine this with a modified version of the JUDD diet to keep my metabolism at a reasonable clip. This will involve alternating my dose of oil (two tablespoons on alternate days and one tablespoon on the other days), alternating my caloric intake in conjunction with the oil dose and also alternating my level of exercise. So, on days with more oil, I plan to keep my calorie intake at a maximum of about 1100, plus do thirty to forty minutes of walking. On the alternate days, along with taking a maintenance dose of oil, I'll be keeping my calories at a level similar to what I generally eat for maintenance as well (1500-1800, depending on how active I've been). Those days will also involve a slightly longer walk, anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. This regime will, as I said, prevent the kind of metabolic sluggishness and nutritional deficiencies that would ensue if I just gave into my anxiety about the bingeing and weight gain and indiscriminately took several tablespoons of ELOO daily, thus allowing my appetite to dwindle too consistently low. Also, not having much weight to lose and not being medically overweight, rapid weight loss isn't appropriate for me, since if I lose too fast there's a danger I'll lose too much, only to gain it back even faster. I'm interested in taking care of both my general health and my metabolic health along the way to reaching my goals, as well.
I realise this post is probably a case of tl;dr. Sorry!
Also, I'd like to again thank Seth. The experience of skipping a few days of oil has really brought home to me just how much the SLD principles help me keep my tendency to binge in check. No amount of exercise and choosing healthy foods would help me keep my weight down if I was grossly overeating which, without the oil, I do.