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The Shangri-La Diet: Basic Rules

Updated on June 2, 2010

What a beautiful name for a diet that you want to use to make yourself beautiful: The Shangri-La Diet. It conjures up images of a peaceful paradise where everyone looks and feels their best. And it certainly sounds like it could be that, with testimonials that you feel "not hungry" in a way that you've never felt not hungry before and claims that the Shangri-La Diet may benefit a few million - or even a few billion - people. If you think that you want to try the Shangri-La Diet in case it might be the diet that's paradise for you, these are the basic rules of the diet that you need to know:

Shangri-La Diet Rule #1:

You will engage in daily consumption of sugar water. Alternatively, you can consume an edible, but flavorless, oil.

Shangri-La Diet Rule #2:

The amount of consumption of this sugar water or edible oil should be no less than one hundred calories per day and no more than four hundred calories per day.

Shangri-La Diet Rule #3:

There is specific timing with which you need to consume the sugar water or edible oil. It is to be consumed before meals - and not just before either; you need to consume the water or oil at least one hour before you eat each meal.

These are fairly specific diet rules but when you think about it, they're also really easy. All that you have to do on the Shangri-La Diet is get the right amount of sugar water or edible oil the right amount of time before you eat. Once you get in the habit of doing it, it can't be that hard at all.

In addition to the basic rules of the Shangri-La Diet, there are some tips that you can follow to enhance the effects of the diet. These tips revolve around the taste of your food and relate to the basic premise of the diet which is that you can lower your desire for food by reducing your interest in it (more or less), satisfying yourself with less food. There are two ways to do this. One is to take in foods that have little taste or no taste at all. This obviously relates to the flavorless oil but also just means in general that you take in low-taste foods. And the other is to take in foods that have an unfamiliar taste which interests your senses.

The Shangri-La Diet is a diet which was created by Berkeley psychologist Seth Roberts who applied his studies of the human body and human psychology to creating a diet in which you use the right foods to actually trick your mind into losing weight. If you're interested in a diet that doesn't have a lot of rules and relies on only simple ones (and some simple foods) to make it work, then the Shangri-La Diet could be what you're looking for. You can learn more about it from a number of different places since it's widely spread around the blogosphere, a fact that Roberts himself has made people quite aware of. See the links below for some of that information.

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    Julian Hickman 6 years ago

    I believe avoiding processed foods would be the first step in order to lose weight. They might taste great, but processed foods contain very little vitamins and minerals, making you consume more simply to have enough strength to get with the day. In case you are constantly feeding on these foods, converting to grain and other complex carbohydrates will help you to have more strength while having less. Good blog post.

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