I started Paleo last week and apart from losing some weight, I don't feel any difference at all. I used to be sleepy all the time and I still feel the same. I am 24yr old male. I really think my cortisol levels are jacked up high
- Sleepy throughout the day and sometimes feel very fresh before going to bed. I wake up multiple times during the night. I don't remember sleeping well and waking up refreshed ever in my lifetime, not even during my childhood.
- I gained a lot of fat during my bulk, all in the abdominal region. Also I tend to lose strength and muscle rapidly.
- Too much stress and poor stress handling ability. I constantly feel overloaded and so tend to skip social stuff to catch up with work.
- Mindfog and verbal memory problems. I forget lots of stuff - names, places, stuff to do etc.
So I am assuming that my cortisol levels are high even though I didn't get them measured (but my sex appetite is fairly good and probably my glucose levels are good when measured last year).
I know it might be too early to judge any difference due to Paleo but I am mainly concerned about the carb intake. I have been doing pretty low-carb to begin with to accelerate fat loss (but I notice that I have lost some muscle too) but I read at few places that its not really good for people with high cortisol. So if anybody can help me: - Should I stop low-carb? - How to de-stress? I always have some nagging sensation in my mind, some sort of burden. - How do I even know I am in ketosis? I never felt any change when I switched to low carbs. To begin with, I was eating lots of lean meat but now have started limiting them and intake lots of fat.