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Congratulations. I also lost weight on this diet, about 20 pounds. It certainly works, but I was drinking light olive oil, and it got to the point where I couldn't stand it. Even now, the thought of drinking oil makes me sick to my stomach. I know from reading Seth's blog that some oils are easier to digest than others, but I just couldn't do it again. Maybe I will try the sugar water.


I am contemplating shifting to that. I live in the desert, and dry skin and eczema are a problem. I am wondering if consuming some ELOO will help.


Just out of curiosity, how much water are you adding to the 4 tablespoons of sugar?


About a tablespoon of table sugar per 10 ounces.

The book says the dilution doesn't matter - mine is about as sweet, and has about the same sugar, as a can of soda.


Iam using walnut oil which I buy at Trader Joes It is very easy to swallow.. Try it.

Susanne .

Very informative, I had a good time here, Thank you..

Roselyne Ngabire

I'm 31 and using depo provera as birth control method. Is there any harming effect with that sugar water?

Dave Tufte

I can't see why that would make a difference.

The sugar water is more like soda, without the flavors and carbon dioxide. No one worries about sodas.

Alex C.

My experience with the Shangri-La diet is outlined here:

I've lost about 30 pounds so far, though my weight loss has essentially plateaued.

Best Way to Lose Belly Fat

This is an excellent post!

I think weight loss, best way to lose belly fat and fitness always boil down to 2 things: 1) Metabolism and 2) Nutrition.

Metabolism: You worked to expend the excess calories so that they do not turn into fats. To do that, either you create a calories deficit or you increase your calories usage.

For those who prefer to exercise, you should focus on weight training and high intensity interval training like wind sprinting. Forget about cardio.

Nutrition: First thing is to get the habit of reading labels. If you see anything that says high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, hydrogenated or partial hydrogenated oil, put it back.

Next understand that you need to eat a balance meal, and not follow a fad diet. One that contains carbohydrates, protein and fat.

A good and safe way to lose belly fat can be found here:

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I've read the book and love it. I managed to lose a few pounds but was aiming for more.

Then I found another program that focus on eating right and doing the right exercises. You can find out more here:

Nonetheless, Shangri-La Diet got me started.


I've never heard of this diet. It makes sense to break the psychological triggers that cause appetite. That is one of my problems, when I smell fried food, or even think about it my mind tells me I need it and I go after it if I'm even the least bit hungry.

I can relate to the Diet Soda. I hope you are continuing to lose weight since this post was made several years ago. I'm going to be trying this in conjunction (since they work so well together) with a diet that simply helps better my eating habits. Good luck on your continuing journey.

Jim~ flowering tea

Loosing weight gradually is much better than loosing instantly and them gain weight again more like a "yoyo diet" as some says. This is a great method of dieting and very effective. Thanks for sharing your very inspirational post.

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We also need to eat a balanced meal. Eating a variety of food products is key to maintaining good health because no single food group can supply all the nutrients in the amount our body needs.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences on your post. I learned lots of essential information that I can use to continue my eating management. I hope I can get a copy of this book.

French Horns

I look forward to seeing your excellent articles more because they are so true, easy to understand and practical. I hope you continue doing what you do best.


I was never aware of this. I recalled my eating habits when I was in Junior high and I ate a lot of sweets before meals. Maybe that was the reason why I ate less and stayed slim.


I drink a lot of soda all day long - as in a 2-litre a day. As you can imagine, I generally don't eat much because the soda seems to fill me up. I realize I'll have to deal with the caffiene withdrawal, but will this work for me, since I'm already eating less than most people? Also, should I avoid the sugar since I'm already consuming a fair amount? What happens if I still consume some soda?

Dave Tufte

The theory behind this is laid out in Roberts' book.

In short, what you are looking for is something that has calories without flavor. Seth Roberts argues that there are two things going on with hunger, overeating and weight:

1) Flavor makes your mouth and nose send a signal to your brain to eat more.

2) Calories cause your stomach to send a message to your brain that you don't need to eat more.

You need to make sure the first signal doesn't get sent, and that the second one does get sent.

Diet pop fails on both of those. You want calories without flavor, and diet pop gives you flavor without calories. It only works by filling you up.

Sugar water works to the extent that you eliminate flavor. That means plain white sugar (sucrose). No brown sugar, honey, or corn syrup due to their extra flavors. You could use glucose/dextrose/galactose/fructose (which you might buy at a health store), but I avoid those. These can be digested by airborne yeasts into alcohol. Sucrose can't be: I've kept an open container of sucrose-water in my fridge for almost a week with no trouble. I also live in a location with a lot of minerals in my water, and a softener that leaves salt residue in the drinking water. So I use water filtered through a Brita to eliminate those tastes.

I've never had trouble consuming sugar water all day. Three large cups does it for me ... sipped through the day. Each cup has about 6 level measuring teaspoons of sugar in it: a little less than you'd get from a sugared pop.

I know of other people who consume the plainest oils they can find. Stuff like canola with very little flavor. I think they do a tablespoon or two a day. I've never tried it; sugar water works for me.

Either way, you need to make sure you do this away from other tastes. That goes for drugs you might take too (legal or not). You don't want your brain to be able to associate the calories your consuming with any other signal your body might send. I make a point of not swallowing my blood pressure and cholesterol medications with sugar water. I also don't consume it to close to brushing my teeth. And definitely not near alcohol or coffee either. Roberts' book says you should wait half-an-hour or so for those signals to clear out before going back to the sugar water or oil. I've even noticed a problem this winter with a scented lip balm: I'd use it and drink sugar water, and couldn't figure out why I was getting hungry.

I hope this helps.


im 17 and i live at home with my parent and i want to go on the atknis diet i dont want anyone saying why do u want to go on the diet you should be happy as your only a teenn blablabla.ok so i want to know what snakcs i cant eat etc and aswell what could i do for my dinner and tea because i havea younger brother and sister and my mom cooks for them but she cooks thinks like pizza and spaghetti bolonase (cant spell it) and shes the one who goes shopping and i dont want her to know im going on his diet so what could i have for my tea and dinner, i was thinking i could just say im not hungry and have bacon, bu i wouldnt know what to do with the bacon because i usually have it on bread:/ and if i cant find anything in the house thats low in carbs or something like that then i guess ill have to starve myself and i dont want to do that so i need some snacks, so basically i just need a daily food plan, thankss


I have always eaten junk food ever since I was lttile. I never eat fruits or vegetables. I am a vegitarian and don't eat meat. On a typical day I might eat coa coa puffs for breakfast, drink sugary tea or diet soda, and have pizza or mac cheese fir dinner. So far I have been able to get away with my junkfood diet. However I'm 17 now and I probably won't be able to get away with it much longer. I know it's unhealthy, but what are some of the exact concequences of living on junkfood heath wise.Don't you only get fat based on how many calories you eat? I eat mostly junk food buut I don't eat much as far as quantity or calories so I shouldn't get fat right?


There are so many diet books out there. You really wonder sometimes what actually works.

Bob Henderson

heard about this diet and a friend of mine tried it and it was effective.

Bob Henderson

Maybe that was the reason why I ate less and stayed slim.I was never aware of this. I recalled my eating habits when I was in Junior high and I ate a lot of sweets before meals. Thanks for sharing!

David Tufte

Well ... I've been doing it for 6 years. It isn't perfect, but it really does make it easy to keep your weight under control.

Clayton Okuda

Thank you for the article. Very Informative. It's nice of you to share it.

Hi buddies, it is great written piece entirely defined, continue the good work constantly.

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Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems
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Toby Cain

Thank you for sharing the article. Certainly a bit unusual in terms of diet but worth a try.

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