I've been reading this forum for 6 months or so and I thought I would chime in.
I love this diet and when I stick to it, it does great things for my life!
Here are some subtle things I've noticed that augment my AS in addition to the diet.
1. Coconut water: I think I need a lot of potassium every day, and my body will try to keep eating until it gets
enough. If I drink coconut water early in the day then I get much less hungry. I find it to be a great appetite
suppressant. I think it's just a basic electrolyte, and probably salt affects me the same way. But it's so much
easier for me to get enough salt that I don't often think about it.
2. Kombucha: I don't know exactly what the active ingredients are in kombucha, but they
really shut off my appetite. I drink the basic GT's brand, and I don't know whether any other brand
would have the same effect. It also makes me feel like dancing and gives me lots of energy.
3. Make sure I get my protein first. I exercise a lot, and if I don't get enough protein to keep
my muscles working, I'll stay hungry forever and nothing I eat will fix it. If I eat a single high protein food
first thing, I often find that nothing else sounds tasty.
4. Reading about and concentrating on the diet helps. I notice some people report that the effects of the diet
seem to diminish over time. But I wonder if that's because we tend to get lazy and put in less effort
once we get used to it? I know that when I focus my willpower, write notes to myself, and read
others' experiences, I get much better results.
Anyway, about me, I don't have a lot of weight to lose, but I do have awful stomach pain caused by years
of GI sensitivity. I think my intestines are scarred (maybe from gluten?) and have a hard time absorbing vitamins,
so I've had bad nutritional deficiencies that I keep trying to sort through and unravel.
My body tries to keep up by eating extra, which leads me to reflux and acidity problems.
Basically it's the worst. SO, finding this diet which helps me eat less in general has really
given my intestines a break they needed. When I do it, I sleep better and I digest food much more efficiently.
I find the olive oil unpalatable, so I just eat 2 TBSP of butter instead.
Overall: Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I find that when it doesn't work,
I can often attribute that to recovering from a hard workout, or that point in my menstrual cycle when my system
is really working to build itself up.
If I can think of anything else that might be helpful, I'll add it in the thread.
This forum has helped me so much, I would like to contribute if I can!