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.
Most dieters only lose water weight because they do not tap into their fat reserve. You store two types of fuel in your body: fat storage and your glycogen (sugar) reserve.
Glycogen is stored sugar, glycogen as a series of glucose molecules or sugar molecules attached together. You have about 1,700 calories. It is used up pretty fast. You have a lot of fat storage. The average person who is not over weight has about 77,000 calories worth of energy in fat.
Your body cannot tap into fat if there are too many carbs or sugar in the system. Your body will always go first for sugar as fuel if it is present.
When you are doing the healthy Ketogenic diet, usually you are eating more fat and the body has to adapt to it but some people could overdo it.
You may be eating fat and it is not really fully breaking down. When you do keto usually you are eating more fat and you have to adapt to it. Your gallbladder and your liver have to adapt to that fat. Some people can overdo it especially if they are adding MCT oil, butter, coconut oil and bulletproof coffee.
You need a good liver to make the bile, a good gallbladder to store it and then you also need a good pancreas to release the lipase enzyme. Your pancreas and your gallbladder work together to help you digest fat.
These are some of the signs that you are just overdoing it a bit.
Here is an easy way to calculate the quantity of macros on keto.
Let’s start breaking down your meal plate. Please see the picture of a plate. The three macronutrients are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
It is divided in half. On the left side are the carbs on the right side are the fat and protein. Be aware that most foods are not 100% one macro – they often contain multiple macros.
Let us start with carbohydrates. You want the majority of your carbohydrates to come from vegetables. The average person needs at least 7 cups/servings of vegetables every day. (You will need a side bowl.)