The Shangri La Diet Review

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The Shangri La Diet was developed by Dr. Seth Roberts, a professor of psychology. He embraced a theory called the “set point”, which believes the body regulates itself to maintain a certain percentage of body fat by altering the body’s metabolism and appetite. After many failed attempts to lower his own “set point”, he noticed that he lost weight while on a trip to France where he was drinking a different beverage than usual. Roberts rationalized that this was because the new flavor was not associated in his mind with calories.

Roberts believes that avoiding modern highly-flavored foods will bring about a utopia of peace, as well as a leaner body. Thus he named his diet, the Shangri-La Diet, from a paradise on earth in James Hilton’s 1933 novel, “Lost Horizon”. His prescription is for a diet of bland foods, as well as at least two doses per day of something completely flavorless in order to erase any association with flavors which stimulate the appetite.

List of Ingredients

Extra light olive oil or other non-flavored oil.

Sugar water.

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The Shangri La Diet’s flavorless doses can be either extra light olive oil or sugar water taken in a window of time at least one hour after eating and at least one hour before eating again. Roberts allows dieters the flexibility to choose which dose they prefer, as well as how large a dose is necessary to regulate their own “set point”.

While many people merely want to suppress their desire for too much good food, Roberts seems to avoid all flavorful food. He even markets a nose clip so that the smell of food will not trigger the appetite.

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  • The Shangri La Diet has helped many people lose weight without cravings or hunger.
  • The only ingredients necessary are inexpensive and readily available at any grocery store.
  • A dieter is not required to abstain from ordinary foods, even though the theory is that he will no longer desire flavorful foods.


  • The sugar water dosage could be dangerous for diabetics and the increased amount of oil could cause intestinal problems and even gall stones.
  • The Shangri La Diet is not based on scientific research. Dr. Roberts’ proofs depend on self-experimentation and testimonials. For example, he has no proof that his weight loss in France was a direct result of the different flavor of his beverage.
  • Dr. Roberts’ philosophy of life rejects the enjoyment of flavorful food in a land of plenty. People who do not accept his premise will probably not be able to keep to this diet.
  • This diet could easily lead to anorexia. Young girls could take their dosage twice a day without their parents noticing and then simply say they are not hungry at mealtimes.


Although the Shangri La Diet consists of harmless, natural ingredients, it is not based on scientific research. It also takes a legitimate pleasure in life – good food – and teaches a person to deny that pleasure, rather than simply learn to control the appetite.

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