I’m on day 9 of the Alt Shift Diet. I’ve stuck to it very closely in all respects. The book give caloric MINIMUMS you should hit, because apparently many MANY people eat far too little. I’m not one of them. I counted macros/calories for only a couple of days, just to make sure I was in the right overall range. My calories were not super low or super high, and according to the book, should probably be ok.
Net results so far: Weight and measurements are unchanged. Blood sugar control is better and I feel better.
Alt shift has a period of low carb and a period of low fat. The low carb phase is basically how I’ve been eating for the past 8 months, so no adjustment needed there. The low fat phase is also high carb and I wasn’t sure how that was going to go. Turned out it went great. My blood sugar was well managed and I felt full between meals for hours. It was so nice to be able to forget about eating for like 5 hours in a row. I used to feel that way about low carb, but now, no matter how much low carb food I eat, I’m hungry after 3 hours or so.
I’ll continue on with this – I was hoping it would help me lose pounds and inches – for vanity’s sake of course, but also as a means to reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. I feel good so I’ll keep going, despite having no results in this area yet.
I should mention that eating lots of rice and corn tortillas over the last few days has resulted in NO depression, fatigue or mood problems. Granted, these are not high fiber foods, but they are starches, and would have been a problem for me a few months ago. There is a definite improvement in my gut health. The factors I suspect may be helping are L-glutamine, which I took for a month or so and then stopped; Turmeric, which I continue to take; and probiotics – Elixa and VSL3, the latter of which I continue to take. It’s a relief to not have to be so careful.
Probiotics for the win? Maybe!