Shangri-la Diet Take II

About two years ago, I tried a novel way of losing weight, drinking oil. It worked well, allowing me to lose about 40 pounds over about nine months (from 218 to 178 pounds). But then I stalled a bit and couldn’t get below 175. After reading some books on various topics related to food, health and weight, I decided to try a low carb approach. At first that worked well, too. At one point I hit 163 pounds, less than 10 pounds from my goal weight. But over time, I gained that weight back and for a while I was stuck around 175.

This spring, things started to go downhill, I gained about 10 pounds in a couple of months, due largely to an increasing amount of fast food and beer. I decided that I can’t give back all the gains that I had made. I started running in July, and slowly I made progress. Over the weeks, I’ve been able to run longer distances and my walks are now pretty brisk and long. I was getting a little fitter, but I wasn’t losing any weight.

It was time to give SLD another shot, to see if I could take off the 10-15 pounds I’d recently gained and to see if it could get me any closer to my goal weight of 155. So last week I decided to do the following:

  • Get back on SLD, consuming about 4 tablespoons a day of extra light olive oil between meals.
  • Cut out all soft drinks, diet or not, substituting water, sparkling water and unsweetened tea.
  • Cut down on the amount of beer I was drinking (and the amount of alcohol altogether). Instead I’d go back to red wine when I wanted a drink and perhaps the occasional vodka cocktail.
  • Cut out fast food altogether. (I’ve broken this a bit, but my consumption is still way down from a few weeks ago.)
  • Cut out most processed foods. Instead concentrate on eating meats, fresh (and frozen) vegetables, and fruits and berries, and eggs. This is very close to my low carb diet I was on, but I’m loosening up on the fruits this time and concentrating on leaner, less salty meats like chicken, turkey and fish.

So far so good. I’ve been on it a week and I’ve lost 3-4 pounds already.

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