I had some success with the Shangri-La diet in the past, but this time I tried it and it's not working for me. Here's the details:
I heard about the diet and bought the book in May 2009. I'm 5' 9" and at the time weighed 191 pounds. I would drink half a bathroom cup of extra-light olive oil right before I left work in the afternoon for my hour-long drive home, which made it easier to not have anything in that two-hour window.
Over the next nine weeks of following the diet, I lost 10.6 pounds in a steady progression. I had a good feeling of appetite suppression and minimal trouble with the oil. However, I had a nasty case of stomach flu (or something) that last week, so I had to stop the diet for a while; it was hard keeping anything down for several days.
From July 2009 to January 2010, I stayed off the diet ("Christmas is coming, I'll diet later"); my weight went up slightly from 180.4 to 183.4.
I started on the diet again in January 2010 and stayed on it through August. It worked again; I lost 13.2 pounds. Then I had a kidney stone. Again, being ill for a while (with something that makes one want to throw up) made it impossible to stay on the diet, and I stayed off it for a while.
From August 2010 to December 2011, my weight inched back up from 170.2 to 181.6, when I decided to try the diet again.
This time, though, I'm not getting any appetite suppression. I still want to snack during the day and before bed. I still eat full portions at dinner because I'm hungry. My weight went up two pounds in the twelve weeks I stayed on the diet this third time.
I've had to do some traveling for work, and I've added a part-time job teaching for the next few weeks, which makes it very difficult to fit oil into my schedule on certain days of the week. Since I hadn't felt any benefits this time around, I've stopped the diet for a couple of weeks (I was out of oil, too).
I need to regroup, and either figure out a new way to take my oil on the days I teach or wait until this semester's over. But the bigger question is, what am I doing wrong this time around? Why isn't it working?
I'm taking 1.5 oz of oil (again, a bathroom paper cup filled halfway) once a day, pinching my nose shut (and holding it that way for a few minutes). I'm not eating or tasting anything for an hour before and after. My appetite suppression seems to last about halfway into dinner but it's gone by that night.