Shangri-La Diet Success, Including Better Sleep

Greg Pomerantz writes:

Over the Thanksgiving [2012] holiday, I suggested to a relative, Richard, that he try the Shangri-la Diet. At the time I had heard about it but did not know anyone who had tried it. I did not have any particular reason to think it would work, but since Rich had tried a number of other diets (including low carb, which he is still following for the most part) I thought it would be worth a shot.

He started the diet over the Thanksgiving holiday and has kept it up since then with a few breaks. He lost 13 pounds in the first month and another 6 pounds over the next two weeks. Altogether he lost a total of 32 pounds over the 16 weeks following Thanksgiving, an average of 2 pounds per week. During this period, he traveledĀ a fair amount and was not able to maintain the diet every day. However, he reported that one of his favorite things about the Shangri-la Diet is how easy it is to restart after a lapse. He began using extra light olive oil but has switched to walnut oil.

There were two surprising results other than the weight loss (which I think is exceptional in its own right). First, his blood sugar control has improved, even compared to the low carbohydrate diet he was (and still is) consuming. Second, he has been sleeping better at night due to a reduction in his nighttime appetite. I believe the two may be related — one of his medications for type 2 diabetes greatly increases his appetite and causes weight gain. He has been using much less of that medication because of his improved blood sugar on the Shangri-la Diet. Therefore, reduced appetite from the diet plus a reduction in an appetite-increasing medication results in lower nighttime appetite and therefore better sleep.

3 Responses to “Shangri-La Diet Success, Including Better Sleep”

  1. Nancy Lebovitz Says:

    Off topic: Knitting stretches– check the comments, these stretches have made considerable improvements for some of the posters, including some with pain that their doctors weren’t able to help.

    I don’t knit and don’t have major hand problems, but the stretches made my hands and lower arms feel quite a bit better.

  2. Jim breed Says:

    Any info on why he changed from ELOO to walnut?

    Seth: To get more omega-3, I’d imagine.

  3. manish m Says:

    What about the coconut oil? How does that compare to walnut?