I am back on the system. I was an early experimenter and was even quoted in Seth's book.
I did the diet for nearly 1.5 years and dropped from about 227 lbs to 204 lbs using sugar water and ELOO. This was a year or so after the book.
I stopped because of schedule changes, unrelated medical issues and a lot of travel. And frankly I was bored by the diet and wanted to see if 204, my plateau then, would hold as a new set point. I missed the enjoyment of food and the oil was sometimes unpleasant, messy and inconvenient at work or traveling. Techniques like nose clipping and crazy spicing seemed ridiculous. And part of me worried it was unhealthy to eat so little.
The small portions habit stuck for a few years and I continued to have great self control learned on the diet. I was able to observe the return of cravings for certain high density foods.
Eventually my weight crept back up despite regular exercise and healthy diet plus calorie counting.
Ten weeks ago I was at 224 lbs. A couple of pounds had returned each year.
So I gave it another go. And I have dropped down to 214 with the usual daily fluctuations of a pound or so. I forgot how amazing this was. I have to remember to eat meals. My clothes are baggy.
I am aiming for under 200 this time.
I have learned a few things about my personal schedule, what I might have done wrong.
- Two shot glasses with calibrations showing tablespoons.
- Giant bottle of ELOO
- A medical nose clip used to stop nosebleeds (comfortable but large and obvious)
- A swimming nose clip (discreet but less comfortable)
- Giant box of sugar packets.
I wake up and drink 5 tbsp of oil, one at a time with a shot glass, alternating with a shot of water.
If I try to take more in each shot I gag. This way is pleasant.
I wear a nose clip for next hour while getting ready for work, showering, checking email etc.
Then coffee and a tiny breakfast. Something with bran. For obvious reasons.
I only use sugar in emergencies involving work or travel, when I don't want to carry oil around and I can't arrange for this lengthy morning ritual (my kid was younger the last time and this was impossible so I was forever timing afternoon doses in complicated ways.)
I do think sugar is less effective for me. I will also use it if I am sick and oil doesn't agree that day.
I take less oil if I think I might eat out socially.
This is a lot more oil than I used to take (3-4 tbsp) and had been much more effective than the first time.
I do get the desire to just chew something. I think I will lay in celery and carrot sticks.
I will soon reach the point where people are commenting and I have to buy new clothes.
I still think the diet strikes people as strange, and I am not sure I will play the evangelist thus time.