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Over the past few years, the keto diet has gained widespread popularity with people who want to burn fat fast. But while the very-low-carb, high-fat diet seems to work wonders on men, new studies suggest it may not be such smooth sailing for women.
On a regular diet, carbohydrates, which are then converted into glucose, are your body’s main source of energy. By cutting them out, the keto diet forces your body to burn stored and consumed fats instead. During that process, called ketosis, your liver turns fatty acids into ketones and starts using them as fuel instead of glucose.
But here’s the problem: the latest scientific researches (1) show that it may not be as effecient for women as it is for men.
And here’s why...
From unpredictable hours and fast-paced projects at work to running errands, working out and navigating your family life, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Let’s face it, it’s a jungle out there. And want it or not, that also means stress. Stress that only increases when you add the keto diet into the equation, affecting your cortisol levels(the stress hormone).
The thing is, your body is used to a high-carb diet. As carbs are its primary fuel, it basically survives off them. So when you take them away, it goes into a bit of a shock. The sheer stress of it causes your stress hormone levels, particularly those of cortisol, to rise even further, which pushes your body into survival mode and seriously upsets your hormonal balance. As a result, you’re way more vulnerable to weight gain regardless of how hard you try to stick to your diet and shed pounds.
And while that can also happen to men, women’s hormonal balance is much more complex and sensitive to hormonal changes. Adapting to using fat as a primary energy source can be a much bigger challenge for women, which is why they’re also more likely to struggle with a keto plateau.
But there’s more.
Our environment is overburdened with oestrogen-like substances that disrupt our hormonal balance, and, more often than not, so are we. As women generally have higher levels of oestrogen as it is, they are usually much more affected by any changes that entails – especially when it comes to weight loss. But how exactly is that connected to keto, you might ask?
Too much oestrogen can slow the metabolism and affects weight loss, making our body cling on to excess water and fat. It also affects our appetite - especially cravings for sweets.
So no wonder your keto progress has hit a plateau!
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1. COCHRAN, JESSE, et al. “Sex Differences in the Response of C57BL/6 Mice to Ketogenic Diets.” Diabetes, vol. 67, no. Supplement 1, May 2018, pp. 1884-P, 10.2337/db18-1884-p.
Newman, Tim. “Keto Diet: New Study Unearths Sex Differences.” Medical News Today, Medical News Today, 26 Mar. 2019, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324792.php#4. Accessed 22 Oct. 2019.