Hi all, I am a relatively new member to the forums, started riding in the last few weeks on a bike my wife got me for Christmas. I had been commuting by bike for the last 2 1/2 years (10 min. ride--pretty short), but I finally dedicated myself to cycling when several running injuries pretty much ended my efforts in that area. Long story short; I had gained weight in the last 2 years as a result of starting grad school, being injured, an pretty much letting my health go by the wayside. I was looking to lose some weight to be able to start training in earnest without putting too much stress on my body, so I tried losing weight before I was able to train while still injured. Anyway, I stumbled upon a weight loss technique that has been great for me and I wanted to share my success with you all, and hopefully inspire some of you to try the method as well.
Economist Steven Levitt and NY Times writer Steve Dubner, following the success of their recent book Freakonomics, began writing a regular column in the Times. In one of those columns last fall, they featured the work of UC Berkeley psychologist Seth Roberts, known for publishing the results of his self-experimentation. The results of one of those experiments permanently resolved his weight problem. It would take a long time to explain the method, so I will refer you to articles, but it works by exploiting the body's set point, used to regulate body weight and food intake, evolved during a time in human history when food was not always plentiful. Basically, when the body senses that food is plentiful, it increases the set point and cravings so that you will eat more and put on weight in order to get you through the next time of scarcity (famine, winter, etc.). When food is scarce, it decreases cravings so that you can use up your fat reserves without being hungry all the time. Roberts discovered that this system is triggered by the body's correlation of flavor and calories. And the best part is, it can be tricked into thinking that food is scarce by consuming calories without flavor in the form of extra light olive oil or sugar water (I am skipping over a lot of the interesting "why" part, forgive me, but feel free to ask if you are interested). I have followed a regimen of having a glass of sugar water or spoonful of oil two to three times a day in between meals, and the results are pretty amazing. My cravings for food between meals almost completely went away and I found it quite easy to eat as little as I wanted to without my body fighting back to get me to eat. I have easily (meaning, NO effort, no exercise until I started cycling again in the last couple of weeks) lost 16 pounds over the last 3 months, and I expect that loss to accelerate as I increase my mileage over the next few weeks. I am down to 206 from 222, and I still need to lose about 20 more, but I am really encouraged that this will be easy to take off, and even easier to keep off as I continue to use the sugar water between meals to keep my monster appetite at bay. I know this sounds silly, but this is published science, and soon to be a book called "The Shangri-La Diet" coming out in April. Either this will be the best diet you never heard of (because there is not a lot on money to be made off of merchandizing), or it will be the next diet craze (because it works). Either way, it is amazingly effective. Before the book arrives there is not a lot of systematic info available on this, but it is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. For now, I recommend you read the blog posts here:
That link will provide all of the references to Seth, and if you have a NYT subscription, you can see Dubner and Levitt's original article there as well. This is perfectly safe--just using natural foods without flavor (sweet is a weak flavor as far as this system is concerned) to control your food cravings naturally. There was some controversy as to whether it was safe to use fructose, but table sugar works fine, so no need to go there. Please let me know if this has worked for anyone else, and good luck!