Oil containers, Tim Beneke, supertasters, and a revealing quote
Of oil and bottles
While I lost weight fastest on sugar water in Sep-Nov 05, (and Seth lost his on fructose water), I, Seth, and most of the users at the forums are now using oil. This decision was largely due to fears of negative effects on blood sugar using sugar water, oils just working better for many, and perceived health benefits of oils. (There's quite a debate about which oils are best, but I'll save that for another post.)
One of the decided non-benefits of oils is their inconvenience: inconvenience in travel, dispensing, and everything else one must do with molecules of lipid nature to get them from point A outside your tummy to point B inside. This has driven the folks posting at Seth's forums have come up with a list of several creative "bottle" recommendations.
The recycled (all emptied and washed):
- tiny metal-lidded jam jars;
- plastic pediatric medicine bottles: already have ML measurements on the side (my current choice);
- complimentary hotel toiletry bottles;
- sports gel bottle with 1-tablespoon measurements marked on with a sharpie marker;
- Fuji film canister (carries the oil and doubles as a shot glass).
- travel makeup bottle with pull-up spout, from beauty supply store, about $2;
- "ketchup / mustard"-style squeeze bottles from the dollar store: snap open, squirt into mouth or ML-marked medicine cup, snap closed;
- these nifty online-purchased food-grade aluminum bottles ($0.70 to $1.30) and plastic squirt bottles (just over $9 for 12)
Wayne Wirs, in recommending the plastic squirt bottle, says to squirt the oil over your tongue and into the back of your mouth. He also recommends putting a bit of water in your mouth first, then squirting the oil onto that.
Tim Beneke reappears
When Seth Roberts did his stint as a guest blogger at Freakonomics in September 2005, pictures and the story of his friend Tim Beneke were featured (here is Seth's archived final Freakonomics post, which links to all of his other Freakonomics potings, and which contains a posting from Tim, AKA "Taste Celibacy"). The pictures of Tim before and after using Shangri-La were startling, showing Tim in very different states: quite obese, and flat-out slim. These pics (anyone have any working links for them?) were the final evidence to send me leaping and jumping through my home, "optimistic" about Seth's methods.
Tim's posted again at Seth's forums. He's now down 97 pounds, and still using oil and his "Beneke method" of taking food cooked into a mush, tastelesly. (This is described in Seth's book.) Tim's posting, with some notes and encouragement, is here.
Supertasters at risk?
Among the progress notes and recipes at Seth's forums, there's often hypotheses on theory and the nature of weight gain and loss.
An interesting thread mulling aspects of this brings up the possibility that supertasters (a certain percentage of the population whose tongues are unusually sensitive to flavors: see here for an "Are you a supertaster?" test at the BBC) are most at risk of becoming overweight, due to tasting food more intensely. In Seth's theory, this would trigger increased set-point raising.
The thread also discusses how foods familiar from even our distant past can trigger rapid weight gain in susceptible people.
Hopefully a survey question will be launched at the forum to see how many are supertasters, normal tasters, and nontasters. I'll follow on this idea, and report any results.
Today's highlighted forum post
To end, I'll quote an amusing and "revealing" post, from Seena, posted at Seth Roberts' forums on June 25th:
My SO and I have been doing SLD for six weeks, or is it seven? We've both lost, but how much we don't know, because I refuse to weight. We both feel great. Anyway, this evening we had a progress demonstration .....
We were working on the front lawn, digging, moving plants etc., when suddenly SO made the strange "wooops" sound. I looked up to see him with his shorts around his ankles. He grabbed them pronto, hauled them up and pretended to be embarrassed while I doubled over ... ROGL!
He announced that those shorts were TIGHT when he bought them a month ago.