I took "The Shangri-La Diet" on the plane with me yesterday; i thought i might be able to soak in and muse upon "the science behind the diet" in the enforced environment of low distraction. It didn't work very well.
The philosophy seems to be based upon three unrelated research themes plus a generous helping of n=1 experience, and i'm darned if i can get any sense out of the stew. Most of what Roberts put in the book is more of a "story" than an explanation. ...So why the hell does it WORK??? I guess i need to find a better "explainer" online to approach the idea from a different perspective.
Also puzzling -- he described the use of the unflavored source of calories as a means of resetting the weight setpoint, but clearly warned that if one ceases to employ the technique, one will regain weight (i applaud him for telling the whole truth, as well as giving credit for improvements to those of his followers who tweaked and shared). To me, this is not really RESETTING the "fat thermostat" -- it's more like the constant re-entering of the desired "temperature" on a thermostat which has lost its ability to store the programming which has already been entered.
I compare that to the results of the Strong Medicine technique, in which the long period of time that the patient has been eating the prescribed food list automatically makes him/her resistant to weight gain, once the ideal weight has been achieved. Now, THAT is a reset.
While waiting for the shuttle at the San Francisco airport i started formulating my own version of the setpoint theory -- then the damn train arrived. If this hotel has a hot-tub (i do my best mental work in water), i'll work on that line of thought again, from this starting point:
Lean individuals have a very strong system in place which keeps their body composition remarkably balanced. Many overweight individuals do too, at a higher number of pounds. What they have in common is TIME SPENT AT THAT WEIGHT. Most dieters are different because their weight is constantly on the move. Perhaps homeostatic systems REQUIRE stability for awhile, to really function appropriately? And the more one has dieted, the more this system is damaged, and it takes longer to make the body "confident" that this weight is the one it should be maintaining? hmmmm....
I'm going to have to develop this theme more in a second post -- this one is getting a bit long already! I was about to start speculating on the "magic resetting" aspect of the SMD regimen, and there's a lot of material there!