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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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Can tachycardia cause you to lose weight?

Can tachycardia cause you to lose weight?

No: However, the tachycardia may be reflective of another condition, such as hyperthyroidism, which can cause weight loss. You should see your pcp. ...Read more

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Can atenolol cause you to gain weight or make it difficult to lose weight?

Can atenolol cause you to gain weight or make it difficult to lose weight?

Yes: Older beta blockers like atenolol can cause weight gain. In the studies, there was about 2-4 lb weight gain on atenolol. Some of the newer ones, like Carvedilol or bisoprolol are less likely to cause weight gain. ...Read more

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Can diet coke cause you to lose or gain weight?

Can diet coke cause you to lose or gain weight?

It may not do either: But aspartame is mildly toxic and causes a brain change known as "excitotoxicity". This tends to be worse when brain cells are poorly energized-------and that reflects poor diet that could cause weight gain. ...Read more

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Can being constipated cause you to gain weight?

Can being constipated cause you to gain weight?

Constipation: It takes about seven hours or more to digest the meal so there is always some stool passing through the colon. Most people will have bowel movements of less than 1 pound. If one is extremely constipated you may put on a little weight but it won't be very much and most scales are not accurate enough to notice it. ...Read more

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

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

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Can having gastritis cause you to not lose weight?

Can having gastritis cause you to not lose weight?

I don't think so but: I don't know how or why having gastritis would directly prevent weight loss.The best way to lose weight is a healthy diet (ideally low in sugars and starches) & exercise.If gastritis somehow prevented you from eating healthy foods it could be a factor, but you should be able to eat healthy even with gastritis. However, gastritis is an inflammatory condition & inflammation may contribute to obesity. ...Read more

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What can you eat to gain weight or slow your metabolism?

Carbohydrates: Increasing the carbohydrates in your diet will increase calories and add weight. ...Read more

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Can you be addicted to weight loss?

Can you be addicted to weight loss?

Weight loss can: be a type of addiction. One version of it is called "Anorexia." It is dangerous and may even lead to death. Please see a mental health specialist in that area. Your family doc may be able to refer you. Peace and good health. Like yourself for who you are and how you treat others, not the numbers on the scale or tape measure. ...Read more

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Can e-mycin cause you to lose appetite?

Can e-mycin cause you to lose appetite?

Absolutely: Erythromycin can be one of the more difficult antibiotics to take. Nausea & vomiting can limit this use of this antibiotic. ...Read more

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Subsequent weight loss what things can you do to keep that weight off?

Diet and exercise: There is nothing magical about weight loss and keeping it off. If you have managed to lose weight on a diet program, to keep it off you need to eat the same number of calories as you burn. Exercise (mostly aerobic) is essential to increase your metabolism and burn calories. Keeping calorie intake down by eating a low carb diet tends to be the most effective way. ...Read more

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Can weight gain cause your neck to darken?

Can weight gain cause your neck to darken?

Yes: Overweight individuals have a higher incidence of a dermatologic condition called acanthosis nigricans. this causes darkening of skin certain areas including the neck. Treatment options include weight loss and bleaching creams. ...Read more

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Can you explain how to loose weight by running?

Can you explain how to loose weight by running?

Caloric burn: Weight loss occurs by either decreasing calories or by burning them via exercise. Running is a great exercise to help burn calories. Make sure that you get medial clearance if you have any history or heart or lung problems. You want to start slow to prevent overuse injuries. ...Read more

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Can heart disease cause you to lose weight and your appetite? If so, why?

Can heart disease cause you to lose weight and your appetite? If so, why?

One possible cause: Will be the possibility of depression not uncommonly seen in a patient with heart disease specially after interventions and hospitalizations. Drug induced, diabetes, hyperthyroid can be another possibilities. I will recommend see your physician asap for avoid history and physical and look for a cause. Malnutrition not good in the presence of coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress make you lose 20lbs?

Can emotional stress make you lose 20lbs?

It is possible: While emotional stress and depression in particular can lead to weight loss it is important to check also whether something is going on physiologically/medically. It's probably a good idea to meet with your physician first to rule out medical causes. If you are going through some emotional stress meeting with a mental health professional to learn how you can cope with your stress will be helpful. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause you to lose weight?

Can drinking alcohol cause you to lose weight?

Sometimes: Alchol beverages = lots of calories, so many people get the opposite. But with severe drinking - some people will drink instead of eat and become malnourished. The more thin and malnourished you are the more susceptible to adverse medical effects of alcohol. Alcoholic korsakoff's dementia - or wernikes-korsakoffs is usuallly seen in heavy drinkers w/ vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to gain weight and be muscular?

How: Eat healthy foods that are high in calories. Eat six meals per day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Work out with heavier weights with fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hours per night. Hydrate well with water. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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If low t is caused by severely stressed life and weight gain.Can short term t therapy help to lose weight, motivate and bring back the normal t levels?

If low t is caused by severely stressed life and weight gain.Can short term t therapy help to lose weight, motivate and bring back the normal t levels?

Low T: Stress and weight gain may affect testosterone but not by much at your age. I would highly recommend you see a Psychologist initially and follow his/her advise about a primary care physician consult. If you do indeed already have low testosterone you will need replacement for a long time. The more testosterone you take from outside the body, the less your own testes make testosterone. ...Read more

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Could stress make me lose weight?

Could stress make me lose weight?

Possibly: When some people become stressed they may lose their appetite and miss meals. ...Read more

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Could you lose weight from stress?

Yes, you can: But it's not a healthy way to lose weight. Severe stress can make you very anxious and sometimes forget to eat. It can interfere with sleep also, and over time depression can result also. Depression commonly results in poor appetite, weight loss, loss of interest in activities, social isolation, sleep disturbance, negative thinking, etc. Please see your doctor if any of this is happening w/you. ...Read more

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Can stress make you lose weight and what to do about it?

Can stress make you lose weight and what to do about it?

Variable, but it can: Some people lose their appetite and weight when stressed; others eat more and gain weight. What do do? Explore the causes of your stress and learn to deal with them. It may help to work with a psychologist or other psychotherapist on this. There are also methods you can do on your own, like breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and tai chi. All of these can be centering and calming. ...Read more

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I want to lose weight but can't stop eatting when i'm stressed .?

I want to lose weight but can't stop eatting when i'm stressed .?

Avoid food, and...: One must avoid food, and get help from her primary care doctor for treating excess stress or anxiety. In order to avoid food, one must not buy the food nor have it around. That way, when stressed, there is no food around to snack on. Not easy to do, but definitely possible. ...Read more

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Anxiety/stress make you lose weight, what to do?

Anxiety/stress make you lose weight, what to do?

Address the stress!: To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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I think I am a stress eater and without consulting anyone how can I stop stress eating and lose weight?

I think I am a stress eater and without consulting anyone how can I stop stress eating and lose weight?

Many strategies: You are consulting someone right now- don't be afraid to consult with others; this is a very common problem & i advise being open about it! the key is to find other strategies for coping with stress besides eating.These articles give some good ideas & have links to others: http://weightloss.About.Com/od/emotionsmotivation/a/blemeat.Htm http://stress.About.Com/od/dietandsuppliments/a/emotional.Htm. ...Read more

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Guys please help me i really really need to lose weight fast what diet pill is the best to use im very stressed?

Your doctor may give: Topamax (topiramate) with average weight loss of 23 pounds. Other options include Phentermine and Diethylpropion , both of which should be used only until weight loss stops. Get in therapy to work on behavioral changes and take a look at some of the apps on this site that are designed for weight loss. Good luck to you. If you are morbidly obese i would look into surgical options with a bariatrician/ surgeon. ...Read more

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Hello, i would like to learn the best and right way to lose weight stay fit and healthy. also, i want to stop being so stressed all the time.

Hello, i would like to learn the best and right way to lose weight stay fit and healthy. also, i want to stop being so stressed all the time.

See below: Those are great questions but they only give us 400 characters and it's impossible to answer 4 major questions in that space. But I invite you to go to my profile and look at some of the thousands of answers I've written, many of which address weight loss, overall health and stress reduction. You can also visit my blog at www.drrandybaker.com for articles on staying healthy. ...Read more

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Can stress make u lose weight? All tests have come back good. I was very sick with h plori and under a lot of stress, still stressed. Not eat well

Can stress make u lose weight? All tests have come back good. I was very sick with h plori and under a lot of stress, still stressed. Not eat well

Body mass=food used: to build brain, muscles, bones, etc + stored (nearly all excess converted to fat, visceral&subcutaneous, since we are water based creatures http://goo.gl/Syte0r). When consume less food (as energy that we are able to absorb&use) then we burn body fat, converting it into glucose, proteins, etc. so as to stay alive (maintaining brain, muscles, movement) & body fat/wt. goes ?. https://goo.gl/qrTDRq. ...Read more

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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

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I lost 4 kegs in aweek because of stress and anxiety, i can't control it and i think i'm underweight, it's the 3rd week to lose weight, what can I do?

I lost 4 kegs in aweek because of stress and anxiety, i can't control it and i think i'm underweight, it's the 3rd week to lose weight, what can I do?

Get professional: Help for your anxiety/ stress. Encourage you to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises ; meditation. ...Read more

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I think i stress a lot maybe that's the reason i lose weight , but I am not sure.. I weigh 52 kg and I am 20 year old male. Is there anything i can do?

I think i stress a lot maybe that's the reason i lose weight , but I am not sure.. I weigh 52 kg and I am 20 year old male. Is there anything i can do?

Thanks for asking: The fact that you are asking the question indicates that you are being appropriate and are prepared to manage the issue. First would be good health habits. Eat healthy foods and avoid excessive carbohydrates. Sleep well without using alcohol or high dose drugs. Exercise in appropriate moderation. Have a fun hobby and find time for fun. Love someone thoroughly, including yourself. ...Read more

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My older sister wants to know if having sex with her husband can help reduce stress and also she wants to know what is the best way to lose weight

My older sister wants to know if having sex with her husband can help reduce stress and also she wants to know what is the best way to lose weight

Older sister?: Having sex can either reduce or increase stress -- depending on the quality of relationship with partner, pregnancy risks, risks of std's, safety of situation, etc. Also weight loss is best accomplished by lifestyle change rather than temporary diet. Eliminate processed foods. Eat healthy, whole foods -- plenty of veggies, lean proteins, healthy fats; get consistent sleep & exercise. ...Read more

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How to loose weight quickly without getting stress?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done(weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/(depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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Why when I am not happy and stressing I loose weight? Even though I do eat healthy food and eat very well.

Why when I am not happy and stressing I loose weight? Even though I do eat healthy food and eat very well.

Use a Journal: Some people loose their appetite when depressed or under stress. Most of the time we underestimate (or overestimate) what we eat. if you want to be sure, keep a food diary and journal everything you eat. Consider checking your thyroid levels. Hyperthyroid patients can eat a lot and still loose weight. hope this helps:) ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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