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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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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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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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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?

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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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