As of today, I am one pound below my original arbitrarily chosen “goal weight”, and some 40 lbs. lighter than I was one year ago. No one is more surprised than I am, since I was delighted to be where I was last month. I feel that SLD is bringing me where I should be naturally. It’s as if I had been artificially-inflated, like a balloon, for 15 or so years and am returning to normal. I can see that this ‘inflation’ was caused by my pious adherence to a low-fat, high-carb, artificially sweetened way of eating, which we were told for so long was the healthy way. Then, I was always hungry, and allowed my diet to rule my life, often with draconian limits on my eating. And the weight continued to rise.
In reading some of Gary Taubes’ early writings, and later, Good Calories, Bad Calories, I could see that by stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat, and that by driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase hunger and decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity. Obviously, weight loss depends on lowering insulin levels. But it was hard to make the full transition to low carb until SLD came along to make it easy.
Both SLD and a low carbohydrate, medium protein and moderately high fat diet provide appetite suppression, each in its own way. They complement each other perfectly, and, together, they make an unbeatable combination for painless, enjoyable lifetime weight control.
I have never required a lot of food, but now I am eating foods that I never would have dreamed of eating before: juicy steaks with the fat, chicken with the crispy skin on, lots of butter on vegetables, bacon and eggs, real cream on berries , full-fat salad dressings, though none of these in large quantities. The weight seems to be slowly sliding off, cholesterol levels have gone from worrisome a year ago to astounding today, and that gnawing, always hungry feeling is gone.
Also, with the increased fat, there is no need to worry about fibre, since I have some serious doubts about this anyway. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18279550?dopt=Abstract
Experimenting is fun, and noseclipping is a clever extension of SLD to ensure that the SLD oil is tasteless. However, I have concluded that every time I used it for a lot of meals or even some snacks, it left me hungry and looking for that lost taste, and that it would not be compatible with lifetime normal eating as it causes too much fixation on food. This is probably just me.
Oddly, for the past month, I have taken my 1-2 T ELOO only every other day or so, yet continued to have AS. My intention is to continue this way, not too strictly, while being prepared to bump it up when needed. I just toss it back from a shot glass late night or early morning and forget about it.
SLD is exquisite in its very simplicity, and I saw no need to complicate it. Best of all, it works!
Peace and success to all, and God bless.