On her MySpace page, Janice writes:
I have been on [the Shangri-La Diet] for a month and I have lost 12 pounds! It is the easiest way to lose weight.
During this month she started riding a recumbent bike. I am struck by how often this happens: After people start SLD they start improving their lives in other ways. (Didn’t happen to me, by the way.) Does cessation of struggle with food (which took “energy”) leave more “energy” for other forms of self-improvement? I wasn’t struggling with food when I started SLD so I would fit that theory.
This wouldn’t explain why SLD causes non-caloric cravings (such as for coffee and cigarettes) to go away. Maybe they go away because they are triggered by hunger. Speaking of cigarettes, Gary Skaleski, who invented SLD nose-clipping, suggests that maybe you can quit smoking if you clip your nose while you smoke. You get the nicotine needed to remove the craving but the lack of smell removes the possibility of addiction. No one becomes addicted to plain sugar water, which has no smell. Fascinating idea.