By Stephanie Stahl

By Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The diet trick you’ve probably never heard of.  It’s based on  foods that help you lose weight, and a local dietician says he needs your help to test which ones work best.  3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl says it’s already working for some.

It’s easy now for Olivia Wilmot to have little, healthy snacks.  She’s not hungry, and has lost 22 pounds, in six weeks.

“It’s the best diet I have been on.  It’s very easy.  I don’t have to work hard at it,” said Olivia.

David Seelig has lost 30 pounds in just over two months, on the same diet.  And his diabetes is gone.

“I feel a lot more energized, and it’s kind of been a big confidence boost to triumph over the diabetes,” said David.

David and Olivia have been working with Philadelphia dietitian Frank Duffy who came up with a weight loss plan he calls SLO-tility.

“The key to this diet is it slows food down in your stomach, so you’re not hungry so you’re able to successfully maintain the diet,” said Duffy.

He says items that can slow digestion include vinegar, olive oil, hot sauce and red wine in various measurements.  And there’s one you probably haven’t heard of.

“This is called konjac flour.  It comes from the glucomannan plant,” said Frank.  He says it’s a powerful source of fiber.

“It’s going to limit your snacking, and it will make it easier to lose weight because you don’t feel hungry,” said Duffy.

Olivia mixes konjac powder with water before lunch.

“It’s wonderful.  It works,” said Olivia.

Olivia and David, both use konjac, and several other SLO-tility items, some being as simple and obvious as drinking plenty of water.  And for David eating walnuts.

“It’s very easy for me to stick to a pretty low daily caloric intake,” said David.

Based on previous research, Duffy has identified  24 SLO-tility items.  He needs help in figuring out which work best, so he’s setting up a website where people can sign up and test one item for a month, while eating  sensibly.

“And you see how it affects you.  And then you’re going to put those results online and then the database online is going to aggregate everyone’s data to see what regimens actually work the best and which don’t,” said Duffy.

Olivia is half way to her goal of losing 50 pounds, already down three dress sizes.

There’s not a specific calorie limit with the SLO-tility plan.  People lose weight because they eat less.

The crowdsourcing part of the diet will start later this month, and it’s free to join in.

SLO-tility Diet Information-

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