But keep in mind that it’s not solely the low-carb aspect of keto that helps you generate more energy; it’s mainly due to your cutting out sugar and replacing carbs with a large source of dietary fat. Not only does that keep your body’s insulin level in check, but it can also help with your stress level as a result. Devine shared how huge insulin spikes cause more cortisol, a stress hormone, to be released, which increases inflammation, moodiness, and of course, stress.
Going on the keto diet may lead to decreased body fat, less bloating, and better mood and sleep. And though some do report experiencing a higher sex drive, it may be more of a result of better overall health and body confidence than a direct influence on sex hormones. More research on the effects of keto are needed, but Devine said women who may be more at risk for hormonal imbalances — including those with infertility issues, PCOS, or endometriosis — may most benefit from a ketogenic diet.