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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

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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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. Lynne Weixel
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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