Hi Calolyn, I'd like to suggest something, perhaps, a little radical. But it wouldn't hurt to try it for a week I'd think. And in the spirit of self-experimentation it would be very good to know whether or not it works.
I suggested on http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=4034.msg37666#msg37666
that hunger reinforces set point. I suspect most folk coming from other diets are used to being hungry, and consciously or not keep themselves hungry when they go SLD. So their set point resists and they spend months wondering what AS feels like and so on.
So the experiment I'd like to see is for a dieter to go SLD and gorge
. Really, eat as much as you can outside of the SLD window. Not till you feel sick, but consistently eat until you feel full. And stay full. Don't pick diet foods. Eat what you love. And don't exercise unless you really need to. Go couch potato and see whether SLD will catch you as it has caught real couch potatoes like me.
If you did this you'd be doing what we slobby old non-dieters do when we go SLD. From what I read it seems the potatoes see excellent early AS and the pounds start plummeting from the get go. We look at SLD as a kind of get-out-of-jail-free card. Fat really is a kind of a jail, don't you think?
Anyway maybe this has already been tried and didn't work. I don't know. But if it were tried, and it worked, there'd be a lot of other people who could benefit from kicking back and stuffing themselves. Well, to the miniscule levels that SLD permits you to stuff yourself ...