Iíve been meaning to write an update on what Iím doing. I just saw that Seth has posted about me on his blog (thanks Seth), and that motivated me to actually do it.
I feel like Iím now in phase 2 of my SLD nose clipping experience. I achieved my initial goal of getting and maintaining my weight under 130 pounds. Iíve come to appreciate the positive aspects of a set point, in that my set point held rock steady during my vacation. I ate voraciously and did not gain. However, I also felt that if I wanted to lose still more weight, then I needed to up the nose-clipping ante.
Iíve been having a really nice exchange with Darkhorse on this thread here: http://boards.sethroberts.net/index.php?topic=5501.30
She has been taking the oil AND nose clipping a lot. I said:My theory is that for most people, in order to keep losing weight, one needs to keep increasing the percentage of flavorless calories one is consuming. Which means that at some point you have to add in nose clipping and/or crazy spicing, because otherwise you would end up consuming too much oil. I also think that it takes a lot more flavorless calories to stimulate the set point to lower, than it does to maintain a desired set point. In other words, you might have to consume a high percentage of flavorless calories for a period of time, to stimulate your set point to lower. But then once you have stabilized at that lowered set point, a lower percentage of flavorless calories (perhaps just oil) would be enough to maintain it. I'm thinking of basic physics principles. Things in motion tend to stay in motion. It takes more energy to get something not in motion to move. And lots of energy to get something to change and move in the opposite direction.
I think consuming a large percentage of flavorless calories is understandably hard for most people. But perhaps it would be easier to approach it in short increments. Maybe it helps to think of it as a flavor fast. Perhaps consuming a lot of flavorless calories for just a few weeks might be manageable. Then go back to some kind of maintenance, and hopefully retain a new slightly lowered set point and weight.
My body has really adapted to nose clipping.† I knew I could keep nose clipping half of my calories, wait out the plateau, and then perhaps I would lose a bit more.† Or I could just go for it, by nose clipping most everything I ate for a short period of time.† I also contemplated combining SLD with another diet, but realized that nose clipping would be easier.†
So Iíve been nose clipping 2 meals a day.† I eat a snack or two each day without clips.† (I went away again on a shorter trip, where I only nose clipped some of my meals, so things have been a bit broken up.)† It takes 2 or 3 days for my appetite to settle down and respond to the increased nose clipping.† Initially, it seems as though thereís some body rebellion to that much nose clipping.† My appetite even seems to increase.† But now thereís a feeling of increased calm.† Itís like all appetite cravings have settled down and relaxed their constant clamoring for more.† Itís such a relief.† This feeling of dietary calm has me gratefully wanting to†nose clip more.
During phase 1, I experienced lots of thirst, feelings of weakness, nausea, and other subtle SLD side effects.† I happily tolerated those effects, because I knew they meant SLD was really working.† Now in phase 2, I am not experiencing those effects.† Just an overall calm and needing to eat much less.† Iím also not sure how much of this is attributable to SLD, but I am experiencing more vitality than I have in years.† Iíve struggled with some long-term health issues, which typically leave me with low energy and feeling easily depleted.† I donít want to jinx myself, but Iím feeling the best I have in a long, long time.† Iíve been sleeping really well.† On the occasional night when I donít sleep well, I can function on a small amount of sleep.† Previously, I would be a wreck on too little sleep.† I also seem to be able to function well when I havenít eaten much.† During phase 1, I did not feel this way.† My health is markedly better now.†
I know people have attributed these kinds of effects to the oil.† Iím wondering if perhaps these effects are related to SLD chemical/hormonal changes in the body.† Clearly, more research and more experience are necessary.† I suppose some of the positive effects Iím experiencing could be from the weight loss itself.† However, SLD has truly been life changing for me, on many more levels than just the weight loss itself.
Iíve lost a bit more weight, but Iím waiting for the loss to stabilize before updating my ticker.† I now fit into all my inspiration clothes.† I went to a used clothing store today and bought a bunch of tight teenage style pants.† Iím 46 years-old and Iíve never dressed in clothes like this before.† I never had a body that looked good in these kinds of clothes.† I went to a yoga class today, and did a yoga pose that I couldnít even conceive of my body being able to do.† Iíve only done very basic yoga, and this was some advanced twisting, balancing, inverted kind of thing.† I was astounded and thrilled that my body could do it.† The teacher recognized that it was a big breakthrough for me.† I know 10 pounds has made a big difference, but it also seems like thereís more than that going on here.† I canít explain it.† But I sure am grateful.†
I feel like some kind of SLD gospel preacher, sharing the good news of the 2nd coming.
† My friends now see me as some kind of diet guru Ė mostly because Iím so educated about the newest diets from reading the posts and links on this forum.† Thanks to all of you for the great ongoing education, support, and exchange.