Hello, so finally the piece of the puzzle has arrived. Doctors ran new blood work, and my cortisol levels are through the roof. 900 something??(Recently gone through some of the most stressful life changes) ( also, all other hormones/blood perfect..including estrogen, thyroid etc)
So, my recent 5% body fat increase and weight gain is likely a result of that?
I'm hoping for some help on what to do now?
I took the advice of Paleo Hackers from my previous questions, and took days off training, subbed HIIT for low intensity walking, and reduced fat from my diet.
Quick questions : Can i still do any med-high intensity workouts? What have any of you been successful with for reducing cortisol levels? How does one burn fat and not compromise cortisol levels? I began taking an Adrenal support Supplement to help? Can I still IF if I have high cort. or will that worsen it? If i dip into ketosis from low carbs is that ok?
Any help on how to proceed with fat loss/lowering cortisol goals would be tremendously helpful.
Very interested in Travis and The Quilt's answers in this post... http://paleohacks.com/questions/34239/ketosis-do-i-need-it-to-burn-the-fat-i-eat#axzz1gBNKPlCs
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on December 11, 2011
at 10:57 AM
As Adel says, the devil is in the detail. Clearly from your question you already have some idea of what activities may affect cortisol levels, but they do so with good reason. It all relies on your body being in good shape. I can fast a lot easier coming from a paleo diet than from SAD. My body's functioning properly and so responds properly. Same with intense exercise - you need to get the frequency, recovery, nutrition etc. right to get the 'proper' outcome.
My best indicator is sleep. When I'm waking up the exact same time every day, despite going to bed at different times and having no external cue, then I can be pretty confident my cortisol is functioning properly. If there's any issues with your sleep at all I'd look to fixing those before trying to fiddle with the details of your diet.
If external factors are causing you stress, I'd say you really want to get that under control. There's a good chance the extra fat will come off again without you having to force the issue, but if not it'll be a hard job if you're not coming at it from a good place. But of course it's a lot more complicated than that. Maybe you find it stressful not doing a high-intensity workout during the week, maybe being concerned about your exact carb levels is counter-productive (you're in and out of ketosis constantly anyway). If things get stressful at work then I'm just concentrating on sticking to real foods and not going and grabbing all the cookies and candy out the vending machine to get me through it. As it happened, last time that meant skipping lunch as I unexpectedly didn't have time to get something suitable. That worked for me. It's hard to do all your sub-questions justice in one go, and there's other questions addressing them, but perhaps the most useful answer is that there's not necessarily a right answer.
on December 11, 2011
at 07:35 AM
if your cortisol is through the roof and your thyroid is still in check, than this cannot be chronically elevated cortisol...
please post exact labs. otherwise we cannot help you (and if you only got TSH for thyroid, you are lost anyway ;)