Stress is Bad for Ketosis (in <100 words)



Both psychological and physiological stress cause the release of cortisol. Cortisol makes your liver produce glucose to increase your blood sugar. Evolutionarily, this was adaptive because more glucose helped our ancestors deal with stressors. As your glucose increases, your ketones decrease.


Beware these stressors…

  1. Psychological stressors
  2. Protein deficiency
  3. Sleep deprivation
  4. Getting sick
  5. Overtraining

…that can impair your ability to go into ketosis.


Give your body a “parasympathetic conditioning day”…

  1. Meditate
  2. Yoga
  3. Rest

…to reduce cortisol and promote your ability to flow into ketosis (and prevent cortisol-induced insulin resistance in the long-term).


Nicholas Norwitz

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