Shangri-La Diet Review

by The Diet Critic on June 1, 2017

Shangri-La Diet Review
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The Shangri-La Diet is a diet designed for weight loss created by Seth Roberts PhD. Roberts is a psychology professor and professor emeritus of psychology. His fad diet is based on the idea that drinking oil every day, such as extra-light olive oil, canola oil, flaxeed oil or walnut oil will help a person feel less hungry, so that they eat less and will feel full faster. The end result is that you’ll supposedly lose weight.

On the Shangri-La Diet no food is off limits. You don’t have to give up the food you like, count calories or follow any special plan or make specific recipes. The only change that you make to your diet is to drink 200-500 calories (approximately 1-4 tablespoons) of lightly flavored oil, such as any of the oils listed above every day.

The theory is that by drinking flavorless oil, you will eat less foods that are bursting in flavor and in calories, like chocolate donuts, cakes, etc. By eating flavorless oil you’ll obtain the calories you need and feel less hungry and feel fuller faster when you eat your meals.

Essentially, when following the Shangri-La Diet you ingest the oil at least an hour before eating food or tasting flavors. It is recommended for followers to ingest between 200 – 500 calories of oil per day. If the oil upsets your stomach you can start small and gradually increase the amount. If no weight is lost after a month of following this diet, you should increase your daily dose of oil by one tablespoon.

There are no exercise recommendations for this diet.


This is a very easy diet to follow as the only change that is made to your diet is adding oil to it. Roberts does have a website dedicated to his “The Shangri-La Diet: The No Hunger Eat Anything Weight Loss Plan” where you can obtain the book, watch a mini documentary on the diet and read other “science” behind the plan as well as testimonials from customers who claim that the diet worked for them. Roberts, himself, claims to have lost 35 pounds following his oil-eating strategy.

This diet may also help you to improve your understanding of when you’re hungry and full.


There is zero guarantee that you will lose weight following the Shangri-La Diet. There are no clinical studies to support Roberts’ diet plan. Furthermore, oil is very high in calories and ingesting it is likely to only add more calories to your diet that you don’t need.

Moreover, this is not a safe diet for anyone who has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease. In addition, drinking oil can cause gastrointestinal upset including upset stomach, cramps and diarrhea.

Finally, the Shangri-La Diet does not encourage healthy dieting habits for the short term or the long term. No foods or drinks are off limits and exercise is not mentioned. There seems to be absolutely nothing practical about this diet for health or weight loss.

The bottom line is that there are better diets worth your consideration. Discuss the best diet pills with your doctor and be sure to consult with him/her before making any dietary changes.

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