I nearly discovered the principle behind SLD on my own: a couple of years ago, my serum lipids were terrible. Of course, I weighed well over 300 pounds. So I began taking 15 standard-dose fish oil pills a day at waking. I immediately started losing weight. I didn't make the smell-sense association because I was taking the pills with diet root beer; none the less, I lost weight pretty quickly, about 20 pounds in three months.
I'm a "supertaster", and there's no such thing as "tasteless" to me. Even tap water has a taste; I hold my nose while taking the oil. So I wonder if a part of the SLD effect isn't some kind of internal mechanism to regulate fat intake. Or perhaps the root beer I drink doesn't register as a "taste".
Then I stopped the FO out of fears of mercury and cadmium. My weight returned the following winter, up to 330. I eventually lost about 50 pounds of that by cooking more, which bought my calorie intake down to 2000/day; and I also walked more. (Since that time, all the fish oil producers have been testing their product, and all toxins are basically absent.)
I decided to look around to discover WHY I'd lost so much weight on FO, usually by searching on "fish oil weight loss" plus a medical term or two to avoid the diet ads, which usually took me to other diet forums and, especially, bodybuilding forums. After a few days, I inadvertently left the "fish" part off, and "Shangri-La Diet" came right up. I read SR's introductory essay on it, put the book on my Amazon "save it for later" list ... and forgot it was there.
Well, I recently signed up for Amazon Prime, and the book immediately popped up in the queue, so I bought it. I started SLD, "officially", yesterday, 2014-02-09. I'm using 1 tbsp of walnut oil and 1 tbsp of coconut oil at waking, and after an evening nap. (My sleep is quite fragmented from mild sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, and worst of all, having worked in a sleep lab for many years.) Since fish oil in pills (actually "softgels") are pretty expensive, I'm looking around for pourable FO to replace the walnut oil.
However, as-is, after three doses of oil, my appetite is gone and I don't even want to look
My weight is 265 pounds now, with a 6-pound variation due to physical issues pertaining to things like fluid retention -- so it's actually 262 to 268. My goal is a stable 165 +/- 2 or less, making it a nice round English Imperial number, 100 pounds (265 lb. = 120 kg). Judging from the stories of the "morbidly obese" people here, I figure I should be there in about a year, although my fat-man symptoms started at 220 (in 1995), so at 50 pounds' loss, I hope to be able to fit into my Spandex heavy metal rocker suit again.
I'm a 55-year-old man, with well-controlled diabetes using metformin, exercise, and a diet that is actually pretty healthy though not reducing my weight. But I understand that remission from Type 2 diabetes back to normal glucose metabolism is quite possible with weight loss.
But lemme tellya ... feeling this "full" is eerie and a little unpleasant. (By the way, that subject line is from an old petroleum company ad. They got the Clancy Brothers to write a very infectious song: "Bringin' Home the Oil" (to Bantry Bay). The commercials were pulled after one of their tankers rammed into the dock at Bantry Bay and oiled it up REAL good.)