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A 26-year-old male asked:

Looking to lose weight through intermittent fasting and excercise, suffer from generalised anxiety and stress, seeking therapy for it soon. will this affect weight loss potential drastically?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Stress: I think that it would be best to get helpful stress management therapy before embarking upon a somewhat intense weight reducing regimen. Removing stress and anxiety would enable you to deal with the fasting and exercise more efficiently.
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Treat Stress First : Be sure to address the stress and anxiety first before undertaking an intermittent fasting program. Stress will raise your cortisol hormone which will make intermittent fasting less effective for weight loss. Relaxation, yoga, meditation and therapy for anxiety is a must!
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Last updated Dec 2, 2018


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