So, we all know how negatively lack of sleep affects our cortisol levels. We all know that fasting is a stressor on the body. Okay. Here’s my problem: Sleep is not an option for me. It won’t be for a long time. I am a full time student (scientist), have a Newborn baby and a 7yr old. I’m EXHAUSTED 24/7. Still, I need to lose like 70lbs. What KETO and IF advice would be good for someone in my shoes?? I’ve thought about taking supplements to lower my cortisol, but I really don’t want to add more pills to my life.
I have terrible sleeping habits- Mom of 3, stress, life, and a night owl with a day job. It is rare for me to get more than 6 hours, weekend naps are my savior. I’ve been doing this since 8/23/17, and most days I skip breakfast, so approx 16:8 most days with occasional non-fasting days, and some occasional longer fasts (18:6 or 20:4, etc) so far, I’ve lost 47 lbs, and loads of inches. Even if your sleep is not optimal, you can do this. And I’m betting you will function and feel better than you did running on carbs.
In working with a lot of functional medicine docs, I can tell you all those pills that supposedly impact cortisol are basically placebos. Stress induced cortisol changes with lifestyle adjustments, not pharmacology interventions. Medicine is very good at adding things that are low. It is basically impotent at removing things that are high. None of those things like seriphos do much. It’s my experience that weight loss isn’t as dependant on stress as many would claim. It certainly can cause stalls and slow progress though! The key is to position yourself for the best hormonal environment you can. Low carb nutrition, intermittent fasting with no snacks, and exercise before 4pm, sterile sleeping areas, and try to work out support systems to allow you reclaim sleep decifit and get a running start at the week every so often.