I am a 54 year old male who has struggled with weight all my life. When I graduated from high school, I was 6'3" and weighed 240 lbs. I thought I was over weight at that point, but I would give anything to be at that weight now. Today, I am 385 lbs, having gained 60 pounds shortly after high school, and then a few pounds every year thereafter. If I could get my weight down to 300, that would be wonderful. I am still reasonably active, playing golf in the summer (typically walking) and racquetball in the winter, but my knees are starting to begin to ache due to years of carrying too many lbs.
Several weeks ago, I embarked on the Sharngri-La program. I know that I needed to get my set-point lowered, and this sounded like one way to do it. I followed the program to a tee (two hour "taste-free" dosing periods, etc.). At the beginning, I took 2 tablespoons of ELOO mid-morning and 2 more just before going to bed. I had read about the need to be patient, so I followed the program religiously for three weeks. In the beginning, I felt the onset of diminished appetite; not as radical as some people reported, but diminished nonetheless.
After a week or so, I read that the timing of the ELOO dosing was not that important, so I began taking the entire 4 tablespoons at one time. My appetite appeared to return pretty much to normal, so I went back to the twice a day routine, but that didn't seem to matter. At this point, when lunch time arrives, I am famished. Same thing when I get home for dinner. Other than for a three day period of time, I have stuck to the Shangri-La routine as described in the book.
The result - - no appreciable weight loss to speak of, and no real appetite suppression.
What can I do to make this work? I don't want to give up on it, but it feels like I have purchased snake oil instead of olive oil.
On a related note, I go on occasional business trips. Getting more than 3 ounces of liquid through security isn't going to happen. How do other business travelers deal with this challenge?