Stress and Weight Gain

Stress not only takes a psychological toll on us in our daily lives, but it can also cause serious physical problems as well. With today’s hectic lifestyle becoming the norm, most Americans have accepted stress as a daily occurrence. As this trend has developed, it has become harder and harder to shake off stress.

Stress can lead us to eat more even when we aren’t necessarily hungry. It can also increase the secretion of the hormone called cortisol which increases sugar in the bloodstream, which can make us physically hungrier and make our bodies store additional fat. We’ve all had moments where we eat when we’re stressed, regardless of whether we’re hungry or not. Stress, at appropriate times, can offer us clarity of mind. Chronic stress however, something affecting more and more Americans today, is severely damaging to our health.

Stress is one of the leading causes of overweight and obesity issues in the United States. As such, eliminating stress from our lives may be one way to help in our weight loss journey.

Stress can be critical to success or failure after bariatric surgery as well. Much in the same way that it can cause weight gain in non-surgical patients, surgical patients are not immune. Stress after bariatric surgery will only hinder the weight loss process.

So what’s the answer? A large part of every solid support plan is to reduce incidence and the severity of stress. This can be achieved through a variety of channels including positive thinking, eating well, exercising regularly, taking yoga or Pilate’s classes and just about any other relaxation technique you can think of. No matter how you fight stress, it is important that stress plays less of a role in your life.

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