The Large Link Between Stress and Putting On Weight


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When stress peaks or becomes difficult to manage, more serious, long-term health-related consequences can occur. Depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, heart disease, anxiety, and obesity are. That’s because one of the functions of cortisol is to shuttle glucose out of storage so your brain and body can use it for the expected battle ahead. But under chronic stress, the body doesn’t need all that extra glucose, so it releases insulin to deal with it. More insulin can lead to weight gain, and it becomes an ongoing cycle, Kingsford says.

The Big Connection Between Stress and Weight Gain. 1. Apart from stress eating, what mechanisms in the body might come into play when it comes to stress? Stress triggers our brain to tell us to overeat, and not broccoli and carrots – junk food. Stress and Cortisol One of the hormones secreted during stress is called cortisol.

Cortisol has been linked to weight gain as it alerts your body to hold onto fat as well as slows down your metabolism, all because of this phenomenon of needing to fight or flee. Stress and Weight Gain Involve Cortisol Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released when your body is undergoing the fight-or-flight response. Cortisol causes you to crave less healthy food options such as sugary snacks and fat-filled meals, which will likely lead you to gain weight. Multiple studies have now associated chronic stress with weight gain and higher body mass index (BMI).2 And now you know why – it’s a result of persistently elevated levels of cortisol and insulin caused by chronic stress. In it, she makes the case that stress likely does play a central role in weight gain by affecting both appetite and the way the body stores fat and offers a fairly simple antidote to the problem.

Others know all too well the stress and weight gain connection due to the stress eating phenomenon. I’ll get into all of this shortly. Behind the wide range of both physical and mental reactions to stress are a number of hormones. These are in charge of the myriad of (generally bad) physical and emotional sensations. The Link Between Stress and Cortisol Researchers have long known that rises in the stress hormone cortisol can lead to weight gain.

Every time you’re stressed, your adrenal glands release adrenaline and cortisol, and as a result, glucose (your primary source of energy) is released into your bloodstream. How Stress Causes High Cortisol and Weight Gain There’s this idea that all weight gain must come from overeating or under exercising. While food is certainly an important part of the weight gain puzzle, it’s not front and center for most people.

List of related literature:

Effects of stress on weight gain may differ across demographic characteristics and health-related variables such as baseline BMI, or physiological stress levels such as cortisol reactivity, which may lead some individuals to gain more weight than others under stressful circumstances (Harding et al., 2014).

“Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition” by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
from Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition
by Thomas A. Wadden, George A. Bray
Guilford Publications, 2019

Research demonstrating a link between stress and weight gain37 is also pertinent here.

“Handbook of Obesity, Two-Volume Set” by George A. Bray, Claude Bouchard
from Handbook of Obesity, Two-Volume Set
by George A. Bray, Claude Bouchard
CRC Press, 2019

stress was associated with increases in overall calorie and calorie from fat intake, at least among the girls in the sample.

“The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health” by Richard Contrada, PhD, Andrew Baum, PhD
from The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health
by Richard Contrada, PhD, Andrew Baum, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2010

Let us hypothesise that stress may increase body weight, though of course there may be a variety of mechanisms by which this might happen – for example stressed employees may eat more food or drink more alcohol.

“Quantitative Methods for Health Research: A Practical Interactive Guide to Epidemiology and Statistics” by Nigel Bruce, Daniel Pope, Debbi Stanistreet
from Quantitative Methods for Health Research: A Practical Interactive Guide to Epidemiology and Statistics
by Nigel Bruce, Daniel Pope, Debbi Stanistreet
Wiley, 2008

Of course, weight gain contributes to depression and a range of health problems, including the stress-related wear and tear on physiology that is part and parcel of the state of ill health related to trauma and depression.

“Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding” by Jon G. Allen
from Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding
by Jon G. Allen
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008

Unwanted weight gain is also associated with stress.

“Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living” by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
from Alters and Schiff Essential Concepts for Healthy Living
by Jeff Housman, Mary Odum
Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, 2015

Stress affects eating in a bidirectional fashion: a subset of stressed individuals (approximately 30%) decrease their food intake and lose weight during or after stress, whereas most stressed individuals increase their food intake [44] and exhibit an intensified preference for higher-fat, energy-dense foods [43,45].

“Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity” by Ronald Ross Watson
from Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity
by Ronald Ross Watson
Elsevier Science, 2014

Stress can also lead to weight gain though biological and behavioral processes (Ernsberger et al., 1998).

“The Fat Studies Reader” by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann
from The Fat Studies Reader
by Esther Rothblum, Sondra Solovay, Marilyn Wann
NYU Press, 2009

That is one of the reasons that it has been discovered that stress makes you gain weight.

“The Power of Your Metabolism” by Frank Suarez
from The Power of Your Metabolism
by Frank Suarez
New Leaf Distributing Company, 2009

Difficulty paying bills was also linked to stress-related weight gain.

“Visualization for Weight Loss: The Gabriel Method Guide to Using Your Mind to Transform Your Body” by Jon Gabriel
from Visualization for Weight Loss: The Gabriel Method Guide to Using Your Mind to Transform Your Body
by Jon Gabriel
Hay House, 2015

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  • Megan Elizabeth what did you do to lose the 30 pounds you gained?? I gained about 30-40 pounds senior year in high school ( it was really stressful due to trying to stay in top ten I slept really bad and was really stressed) it’s been a year since then and I’ve lost like 10 pounds but I’m trying to shed off the rest and no luck ��

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  • I cut back my exercise I gained 7 pounds on 1800 calories was walking an hour and a half daily and running 30 minutes as well. It was beyond frustrating. I assume the stress of training contributes. I’m sticking to 30-60 minutes or I really overdo it on the butter. I’ll see how it goes. Just tracking intake food it’s not the best but it’s a start.

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