Ok, I am new both to SLD and using forums, so please excuse my ignorance. I just discovered Seth Roberts book in the library a week ago by accident. I tried not to get too excited, because I have tried every diet imaginable and like everyone else always put on all of the weight back on plus more. I have been tentitively doing the ELOO for the last 5 days and have the same kind of results most people on this forum talk about, so I am now really letting myself hope. The question that has been bugging me is why havent I heard about this till now? Its been two years since the book was published and the results seem so amazing I cant understand why it hasnt become front page news all over the western world? The media is so obsessed with the obesity epidemic and dieting and weight loss in general, I am amazed this hasnt been picked up yet. It is the only thing that makes me doubt its true effectiveness. Can anyone enlighten me?
Hi Lynne! Welcome to SLD. This is one of the nicest online communities I've ever been a member of, and if you want help, just ask. I'm a relative newbie but there are some fantastically experienced people here who will reply.
I know exactly what you mean about SLD. I learned about it a few years ago and thought, "Yeah! Right! Some crank money spinner making-up nonsense".
Then I tried it. It didn't work initially and I thought my suspicions were proved right. Then I had a break through and I could barely believe it. When it works it's something else. It's just weird.
Why isn't it front-page news? Why don't doctors even know about it, never-mind prescribe it?
1) Lack of clinical trials. The world needs proof. Doctors need lots and lots of proof. In an interview on CBC, Seth said there's no need for trials to prove something which is obvious. But there is. Especially bearing in mind SLD is counter-intuitive and has the classic signs of being a fad diet. Because of this, I don't think doctors will even prescribe it as an alternative therapy for fear of being called quack.
2) The book was written too quickly and doesn't include enough advice on what to do if it doesn't work. It's more about psychology than it is about technique---Seth Roberts wrote a book for people like him, rather than people like us. So many, many people didn't get initial results and walked away. I would have walked away had it not been for people on this forum. Many people who succeed on this diet tend to be very rigourous in their intellectual processes when, really, this could and should be a diet for everybody.
Don't get me wrong. If Seth Roberts were here right now I'd embrace him and smother him in kisses. If I were a woman I'd suggest I have his babies. The man is a genius for figuring out SLD. But I think he went about marketing SLD in the wrong way. As somebody who is fat, and even when slim will be a "recovering fat person", and whose family are fat, I really hope that any second edition of the book is more about technique. SLD can change the world. It just has to be done right.