I did the SLD a couple of times in 2006, in conjunction with a LC diet. For me, it works really, really well, maybe too well. I lost too much weight too quickly and started getting sick a lot. My daughter was young at the time, and I would get distracted and accidentally eat or drink something in the two hour window. So I stopped doing SLD, but kept up with LC dieting.
Fast forward to last June 2013: I was at an optimal size, but still trying to lose those last 10 pounds. I tried to vary the amount of carbs in my diet, and finally went ultra-low (30 carbs a day or less) eating only meat, fat, veggies, some dairy (like cream and butter) and very little fruit. At this point I had been low-carb dieting for six years.
Despite eating no sugar or grains, I started getting really bad toothaches and had horrible plaque. When I went for a dental check-up, I found out I had multiple cavities and severe gum problems. I also experienced cold hands and feet, low body temperature, hair loss and low energy.
My husband's work changed insurance plans, and I was able to see an open-minded MD who agreed to do a lot of labwork that HMO insurance plans typically don't cover. Sure enough, I had low free T3 and free T4, moderate reverse T3, and so-so TSH. My iron labs were lackluster, and I had sky-high cholesterol.
I told my doctor about the fatigue, but he gave me the standard "exercise more" advice. He wasn't at all bothered by my lab results. But how could I exercise when I felt so weak? I literally had to take an afternoon nap every day.
At a complete loss, I started to enter all the food I ate into NutritionData.com. That's when I realized that I was only eating around 1,000~1,300 calories a day! I was surprised to find that I was eating so little. At this point, I had virtually no appetite and felt full after every meal.
Then I came across some of Matt Stone's ideas on raising metabolism and body heat, and Gwyneth Olwyn's website (YourEatopia.com) on orthorexia and eating disorders. I started to eat carbs again. I gained a lot of weight, but I started feeling more energetic and my body temperature was now consistently 98.6 and above by the afternoon. I started exercising again.
After a few months on this protocol, my blood pressure went up and I got a weird fatty tissue deposit on my right shoulder. I decided to try to lose weight again, but by using SLD without any food restrictions.
I started with fructose water which gave excellent AS but sadly ran into too many digestive issues. I switched to refined coconut oil after two weeks, taking just under 2T twice a day.
So here are my starting stats on 8/8/13:
47 years old, 5'7" 213 pounds.
Blood pressure: 138/77
Measurements: 44.5" bust, 34" waist, , 44" lower abdomen, 44.5" hips
Measurements: 44.25" bust, 34" waist, , 43" lower abdomen, 43" hips
Blood pressure: 120/78
Measurements: 44" bust, 34" waist, 42" lower abdomen, 42.5" hips
Blood Pressure: 110/78
On 9/9~9/10, my appetite suddenly increased. I started craving sweets again. I switched to taking a shot of oil (1.75 tbsps) followed by a teaspoon of fructose in water twice a day. My AS kicked back in again.
Measurements: 43.5" bust, 33.75" waist (finally a loss!), 41.5" lower abdomen, 42" hips
Measurements: 43" bust, 33" waist, 41" lower abdomen, 41" hips
It will be a while before I get a chance to weigh myself again, as I don't own a scale. However, I'm very happy to plot my progress with a measuring tape.
Lost AS after drinking some flavored and honey-sweetened tea too soon after a dose of oil. Starting taking CO with a small amount of Japanese Resetta oil (some horrible canola, palm and coconut oil mixture that is touted as a "healthy" oil).
10/14/13: Had really bad PMS and nipple soreness for a week around my period, something that never happens. It was so bad I thought I was pregnant! Facial skin seems a little wrinkled, especially around eyes. I decided to stop taking the Resetta oil even though I was only taking 3/4 of a teaspoon twice a day. Started using unrefined palm oil.
Blood pressure: 102/65
Measurements are basically the same, although irritatingly my lower abdomen measurement can fluctuate from 39" to 41.5!
Blood pressure: Last month I measured it at a CVS Pharmacy and it was higher than last year's lowest number (102/65), but still within normal range.
Measurements: 41.0" bust, 32" waist, , 38" lower abdomen, 40.5" hips
For some reason I lost a lot of weight in my chest and upper back when I got sick last month.