Could your stress be what is preventing full ketosis and causing your keto plateau?
If a person plateaus or they are not progressing like they should on the keto diet, in many cases, they look at their carbohydrate levels, fasting, or fats. But, stress could actually cause this as well.
Stress may actually prevent ketosis.
A very interesting article by P.F. Slawson out of the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1963, states that “80% of the adult diabetic patients gave a history of pre-existing stress (mainly in terms of losses 1-48 months) prior to the onset of T2DM.” T2DM refers to diabetes type 2.
Here is the link:
Psychological Factors Associated with the Onset of Diabetes Mellitus
Dr. Berg noticed the same thing. It seemed that people who developed diabetes, usually had a history of some stress event, or they were under massive stress.
When you spike cortisol, which is a stress hormone, you could start to break down your protein and turn it into glucose. Basically, when you have a lot of stress, your blood sugars rise. This could create insulin resistance, which could lead to diabetes.
Chronic emotional stress can put you at risk for diabetes.
Synthetic cortisol, like prednisone, may have the same effect.
What may help:
• Start increasing your exercise (everyday – long walks, high or low intensity but do not over do it)
• Vitamin B1 (nutritional yeast)
• Potassium (vegetables)
• Magnesium (vegetables)
If you plateaued with doing the Ketogenic diet, do not forget about the stress component. Do whatever you can to reduce it and get back into ketosis.
This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Your Stress May Be Preventing Full Ketosis
Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting, is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.
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