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Hormonal Imbalances: A Key Cause for Stalls on Keto
The human body is an intricate system that’s regulated by hormones. When these hormones are in balance everything runs smoothly. But when they’re off, things can get messy, especially when it comes to weight loss.
Hormones such as cortisol, insulin, and thyroid hormones play a crucial role in weight management, and any imbalances can cause weight loss resistance, or “metabolic resistance”.
Cortisol, for instance, is a stress hormone that’s known to increase belly fat. When cortisol levels are high, it becomes difficult to lose weight, regardless of how well you’re following the keto diet.
The same goes for insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. High insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance, which in turn makes it challenging to lose weight.
Thyroid hormones are also critical when it comes to weight loss. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism, and if it’s not functioning correctly, weight loss can become a struggle.
To ensure your thyroid is working optimally, it’s important to get your thyroid hormone levels checked regularly and take any necessary steps to address any imbalances. And be sure to ask for thyroid antibodies – this is where most doctors miss the boat!