Yes, it does! In fact, excessive stress can mess up everything, whether it is your metabolism, the functioning of the digestive system, your sleep cycle, or your choice of food. You are more likely to give in to food cravings when you are under a lot of stress. Additionally, you might be more prone to getting migraines, headaches, muscle spasms, and back pains when you are stressed out due to which you might hold back on the keto.
Can stress also slow down the process of ketosis? Apparently, it can. Dr. Colbert, in his book, “Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet: Burn Fat, Balance Appetite Hormones, and Lose Weight,” pointed out that your favorite low-carb, high-fat, and medium protein diet might not be as effective if you are unable to manage stress. This is because a high level of the stress hormone – cortisol – ultimately leads to the production of more adrenalin.
Now why this is problematic? Well, more the adrenalin, more the blood sugar. If you have enhanced blood sugar levels, your body is going to use that for energy instead of kickstarting the process of ketosis.
But most of us are bound to be stressed out every now and then, given our hectic lifestyles. This is why we need to be proactive when it comes to dealing with stress, especially when it might play spoilsport when we are trying to get a fitter body and a healthier mind. Here are some ways you can reduce stress while on the keto diet:
1. Exercise is one of the most effective stress busters. Go on a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes every day to lower stress levels as well as to boost your mood.
2. Consider talking to a therapist to learn stress management techniques.
3. Numerous studies have proved that yoga and meditation can lower stress levels. Not only does meditation calm the mind, but it also releases tension from the body.
4. Get a hobby and make sure that you get back to it at least thrice a week. Draw, paint, sing a song, do gardening, or write a poem. Whatever makes you feel good!
5. Get hold of keto-friendly recipes of your favorite food items!
At the same time, it’s important to remember that a change in diet can trigger the stress response in your body. If you are shifting to the keto diet, it would be advisable to make the change over a course of days, gradually weaning yourself off carb-rich foods.
Many people report symptoms of stress on the first few days of keto, but the effects wear off as their body gets habituated to the diet. Remember, you are trying to replace the very source of your energy; patience is the key!