Top
30
Doctor insights on: Can Stress Cause Weight Loss In Women

Share
1

1
Why does stress cause weight loss?

Why does stress cause weight loss?

Stress can cause : Weight loss or weight gain. It varies for different people. Some people lose their appetite when stressed others overeat. It is probably connected to eating habits and self comforting related to eating from when we were young children. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,151 doctors shared insights

Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


2

2
Can stress cause weight loss? I've been very stressed the past few weeks and eating a lot more than usual yet still losing weight. Can I stop this?

Can stress cause weight loss? I've been very stressed the past few weeks and eating a lot more than usual yet still losing weight. Can I stop this?

Depression: I commend you for your concern about your Health
I feel empathy for stresses you are going through at age 18.
Stresses of relationships, separation can lead to Depression and use of Alcohol and Drugs due to which you may not be eating regularly, or eating fast, or ‘eating on the go”
See a Psychiatrist to discuss e for your Diagnosis, then be committed for Therapy for:
•Coping with stresses of life ...Read more

3

3
25, male, very stressed, losing weight. Can stress cause weight loss? Blood work normal, sleeping normal, appetite normal. Why am i losing weight?

25, male, very stressed, losing weight. Can stress cause weight loss? Blood work normal, sleeping normal, appetite normal. Why am i losing weight?

Possible...: Especially if depressed.

But hyperthyroidism and other medical conditions can do it as well

You need to see md for a check up and lab studies. ...Read more

5

5
Can stress cause unintended weight loss? In two yrs lost twelve lbs.Can't gain back.Many tests. Drs not very concerned as off and on I gain a bit

Can stress cause unintended weight loss? In two yrs lost twelve lbs.Can't gain back.Many tests. Drs not very concerned as off and on I gain a bit

Yes, of course: Stress and anxiety can certainly cause changes in weight. How is your appetite? I'm glad your medical tests have proven normal. You're on a fairly high dose of Alprazolam (4mg/day). Are you also working with a psychologist or other therapist on your anxiety ; stress -- developing other ways of dealing with this than medications alone? Cognitive behavioral therapy can be extremely helpful. ...Read more

7

7
Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend — stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend — stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Yes: There are many options for meal replacement/supplementation. Key elements to look for in a dietary meal replacement would be 1) a balance of protein to carbohydrate — look for a better than 1:3 ratio 2) quality ingredients (many are soy or whey based — you would look for soy to avoid dairy. There are many brands so you many want to sample a few. Consider some research into the glycemic index. ...Read more

8

8
By how much Can rapid weight loss accompanied by mental/emotional stress cause my menstration to be late/missed?

It is a: Relatively common occurrence for menses to be delayed or otherwise altered by either stress or sudden weight loss -- or both. Check w/your doctor or do a pregnancy test if you're concerned about possible conception. ...Read more

9

9
21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

Multiple poss,: Whatever the issue, stress may be resulting in or adding to the issue. Alopecea areata is hair loss that can be caused by stress, get on some zantac (ranitidine) 150mg. If no medical reason is found, and often there isn't (adrenal insufficiency, thyroid, autoimmune dz) then Mirtazapine is a great drug for insomnia, appetite and mood/anxiety. It works well in those with your profile but you need to be seen. ...Read more

10

10
What are the effects of stress? Weight loss?

What are the effects of stress?  Weight loss?

Stress: Please watch: http://www.Ted. Com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend. Html.

Get a more detailed answer ›
11

11
I have suddenly experienced extreme weight loss. I do not feel ill and I’m eating normally. I have recently though been under severe stress?

I have suddenly experienced extreme weight loss. I do not feel ill and I’m eating normally. I have recently though been under severe stress?

Weight loss: of unknown origin needs to be evaluated by your doctor. Please see him/her. Stress can can be a factor but you need to look for medical causes too. Please see a clinical psychologist to learn to manage your stress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

12

12
Can stress really affect weight loss? I've been working out regularly and dieting again but haven't made any progress, which is unusual for me.

Can stress really affect weight loss? I've been working out regularly and dieting again but haven't made any progress, which is unusual for me.

To Lose Weight: I understand your frustration, &commend you working out regularly.
Stress can affect weight loss.
Let the Wise Woman within you ask: •What made you over weight •Which Unresolved feelings -sadness hurt, guilt, resentment, frustration, boredom, or loneliness are causing over eating
•Is Dieting-Balanced Diet?
Consider:
IT is NOT WHAT you eat
It is What is Eating You!
See Physician and a Therapist. ...Read more

13

13
Can stress be a reason of weight loss and gain Ex. lose weight one week and gain twice as mush the next week Yet eating the same amount you always do?

Can stress be a reason of weight loss and gain Ex. lose weight one week and gain twice as mush the next week Yet eating the same amount you always do?

Its a "balance": Your activity and your diet are the major factors in Weight Gain/loss. Stress usually leads to loss of appeitite. Sounds like you need to speak with someone about the stress in your life. Your Primary Care Provider or Local Health Department may help.
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

14

14
Can sex, stress or excessive weight loss affect your period?

Can sex, stress or excessive weight loss affect your period?

Yes, all three: All of these can disrupt your menstrual cycle. Sex can lead to pregnancy, making you miss periods. Both stress and excessive weight loss can dysregulate menses as well. ...Read more

15

15
Hi. I have been very depressed and stressed a lot last month which led to weight loss of almost 6 kgs in 2 weeks. What should I eat to gain weight soon?

Hi. I have been very depressed and stressed a lot last month which led to weight loss of almost 6 kgs in 2 weeks. What should I eat to gain weight soon?

Address depression.: Start with a medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of your symptoms. Medications are sometimes indicated. Talking therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing ...Read more

16

16
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?

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?

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. ...Read more

17

17
Is it possible that weight loss be a possible consequence of stress or lack of sleep?

Is it possible that weight loss be a possible consequence of stress or lack of sleep?

CERTAINLY: Stress and lack of sleep cna cause weight loss in some people, but so can other thinngs. It would be wise to eliminate the possible physical causes and then get help with the way you're dealing with stress — and possibly the cause of it. When you've been trying alone for a time, getting some help makes sense. Therapists are often helpful with stress difficulties. ...Read more

18

18
Had my period for 10 days, flow changes but not heavy just prolonged. Never had it this long before. Could stress and recent weight loss be it?

Had my period for 10 days, flow changes but not heavy just prolonged. Never had it this long before. Could stress and recent weight loss be it?

Anovulatory Cycle : Stress and weight loss can both result in an anovulatory cycle (no ovum released) which would give a longer time for bleeding as the Progesterone production is limited or absent. ...Read more

20

20
How to maintain a routine for weight loss if I experience stress eating? Especially during pms! I run 30-60 minutes a day. Result: yoyo weigtloss!

So sorry: Most people lose when they run that much.
Is it possible to limit your intake.
Make a delicious low calorie meal with portion control.
I wish you the best. ...Read more

21

21
18 yo virgin, is it normal to miss periods for 3 months with no apparent reason at all? How to make it come again? No dramatic weight loss or stress?

18 yo virgin, is it normal to miss periods for 3 months with no apparent reason at all? How to make it come again? No dramatic weight loss or stress?

Not typical: It matters if your period s were normal for a long time before this three months. It matters how much your total weight is and how much you exercise, and the level of stress. It may be more significant than what you think it is. ...Read more

22

22
Citrus-y smelling urine/rapid weight loss. I try to stay very hydrated and have been under a lot of stress. Urine and blood tests were negative. Help?

Endocrinologist: Uncontrolled diabetes and hyperthyroidism(overactive thyroid) are two common causes of rapid weight loss. I assume your tests have ruled out both. Could it be that your food intake has decreased because of so much stress? I recommend that you consult an endocrinologist and, perhaps, a psychiatrist who specializes in stress management therapy. ...Read more

23

23
My doctor recommended that I have weight loss surgery. But I am afraid. What can I do to not stress out about it?

My doctor recommended that I have weight loss surgery. But I am afraid. What can I do to not stress out about it?

Relax and research: First, you can relax knowing that the surgery is fairly simple these days, about as safe as taking out your appendix. Then, do research. Learn about the procedures. Learn about the regional doctors. Find one who is experienced, has a good followup, and is compassionate. Knowledge and preparation take away fear. ...Read more

28

28
Does stress cause you to lose weight?

Does stress cause you to lose weight?

Maybe not: Some people eat less and lose weight when stressed. However, many people eat or snack when under stress, so more stress can lead to more calories eaten. When people try to stay up to study or do work, they often eat or drink to keep themselves stimulated and alert. . . Leading to more calories and weight gain. "De-stressing" by staying up watching tv and eating popcorn also adds calories! ...Read more

29

29
Can stress cause you to lose weight even if you keep eating the same amount?

Yes: During periods of stress, your body is in what's called "fight or flight" mode. Because of this, your metabolism may temporarily increase in order to provide your system with the energy for survival. However, over time, with chronic stress, your body can become fatigued and begin stockpiling calories, causing your metabolism to drop with resulting weight gain. ...Read more

30

30
Can chronic pain cause a person to lose weight? How much role can stress play?

Can chronic pain cause a person to lose weight? How much role can stress play?

If all other: Factors are held in check — excessive stress can actually make it difficult to lose weight. However, if stress ; pain leads to decreased appetite and decreased food intake — then weight loss may ensue. Or if a person fails to make eating regular meals a priority when overly stressed — that could lead to weight loss. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
2,007 doctors shared insights

Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
24 doctors shared insights

Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more