When Dr. Alan Christianson, author of The Adrenal Reset Diet, was researching daily cortisol fluctuations...
And how the modern stressors of daily life & certain food choices can cause cortisol to spike at un-ideal times, leading to belly fat gain & poor sleep…
Something that really caught his attention was that low blood sugar leads to high cortisol…and that high blood sugar leads to lower cortisol.
He began to wonder—could he use Carbs to help reset daily Cortisol rhythms--and at the same time, help people burn belly fat?
He started off by experimenting on himself—measuring his glucose levels hourly and his cortisol levels with a variety of tests, most frequently measuring his salivary cortisol levels every 4 hours.
He found that eating High Carb for breakfast and Low Carb at night actually reversed his daily cortisol rhythm (it’s supposed to be naturally high in the morning, like an “internal coffee pot” and then taper down over the course of the day, so that you can relax and sleep well at night).
And then when he reversed this and went Lower Carb in the morning and Higher Carb at night, he was able to flip this again back to a solid healthy cortisol rhythm.
And he explains why this is SO important:
“What does better cortisol metabolism mean? It means less belly fat, better energy, less anxiety, better depth of sleep, a healthier immune system, and a longer life.”
After trying out this experiment with himself--and then individual patients with similar success—he next went big and conducted a 30 day formal study…and here's how he summarized the Results:
“By the end of the [30 day] study forty-two participants had completed…Their average age was 44, and 83 percent were female. Over the course of the month, their results were nothing short of remarkable. The greatest amount of weight lost was 18.2 pounds, while the average was just over 9 pounds. Only two participants did not lose weight, but even they saw a reduction in the percentage of body fat. Changes in waist measurements were also dramatic. Over half of the participants lost over 2 inches around their waist. Several lost over 4 inches!
Changes in adrenal function from the diet were also clear. By measuring daily cortisol rhythms, we compared how close their adrenal function was to ideal, both before and after the study…The study showed that at all times of the day the diet moved cortisol levels closer to their ideal amounts. The average participant saw a correction of his or her whole day’s cortisol metabolism by over 50 percent with diet.”
And he notes that this cortisol rhythm resent began within just one day of doing the “daily carb cycling” and that a solid rhythm was developed after 30 days.
So neat, right?
I will tell you that I also experienced similar results with Daily Safe Carb Cycling as described, too. I started sleeping better right away and I did lose some belly fat that had been hanging on for dear life, after several weeks of doing this. Also, I was only dancing 1x a week at this point to teach a class & a little daily walking, because I had a tender ankle that I was trying to (supposed to be completely) “rest.”
Dr. Alan Christianson notes that the time he published his book, he was only able to find one other study that used a daily cycle of Carbs to modulate daily cortisol rhythms…and I have to mention this study was a success, too.
All right—so hopefully Dr. Alan Christianson and I have both inspired you to give this “Daily Safe Carbs Cycling” a go. I do recommend reading his book (I just also recommend Safe Carbs, maximizing your Micros & egg yolks/choline to be a good fat-burner & feel energized too).