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Beat Stress, Weigh Less

The Connection Between Stress and Weight Gain

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  • I've always known that stress is a bad thing for weight gain (and well, our health in general). When I started my current job, the added hours and additional stress of the new job caused me to balloon 15 lbs in just 3 months. That had never happened to me before. Because my job is so stressful (it doesn't have to be; it's not like I'm an air traffic controller, and yes, I'm looking for a new one), I know how easy it is for me to gain weight at the drop of a hat. When I had that fast weight gain, I hadn't made any other lifestyle changes. I wasn't eating more to "cope" or eating differently. It was just the d*mn stress. - 4/23/2012 12:44:18 PM
  • Everyone must spend some alone time if only for 15 mins, a relaxing bath with some calming music, stretch and meditate all good to relieve a little stress.

    - 4/23/2012 11:59:36 AM
  • That is interesting but not surprising that overweight people tend to be more susceptible to weight gain when under stress than normal weight people. Another reason to get to a healthy weight. And the article is right on about stress being quite prevalent now. It isn't stressing over which cruise line to pick for a vacation, it is whether to get food or turn on the heat because we can't get both. I think this scene is being repeated all over so helpful ways to deal with stress comes in handy! - 4/23/2012 7:47:43 AM
  • There is no doubt that stress leads to over eating, because it gets me every time. Not that I go crazy, but I eat stuff I normaly would not. My weekness is pizza,wings and Ribs. Those three should be arrested for assult on my Body. Also living in Cleveland Ohio will make anyone over eat. Being a Browns Fan is enough to make you stuff yourself with Bratwurst to you explode. - 4/23/2012 6:42:02 AM
  • Stress tends to paralyze me and this in turn make me think of comfort foods. Good article, must incorporate some of these ideas into my responses to stress. - 4/15/2012 4:56:27 AM
  • taking time to de-stress is so very important. i needed that reminder and it encourages me even more to not stress eat and to work out more. I will take time to reframe what is happening around me so I don't go back to old habits. - 2/27/2012 6:41:28 PM
  • taking time to de-stress is so very important. i needed that reminder and it encourages me even more to not stress eat and to work out more. I will take time to reframe what is happening around me so I don't go back to old habits. - 2/27/2012 6:41:27 PM
  • Sparkpeople! Shame on you for bad editing! The grammar is horrible! - 2/27/2012 11:12:11 AM
  • Considering the following perspective/advice from weight loss hypnotherapist Kristin Volk Funk (author of "As Thin as You Think") has certainly helped me manage my stress:

    "My grandparents certainly had a lot more stress in their lives than I (two World Wars, the Great Depression, immigrating alone from foreign lands with little or no money, lack of modern medicine), but I can't remember them ever complaining of being "stressed". Think back...how often did the elders in your life say they were "stressed"?

    Before 1950, the word "stress" was a term used only in physics to describe one force pushing against another. At some point, it started being used to describe an emotional state and quickly caught on as a "go to" word to describe everyday events.

    Is it possible that one of the reasons people today are feeling so stressed is because they are labeling themselves as such? Happiness is only a few words away.

    Try substituting "stress" with words such as "busy" or "fulfilled" in your inner and outer speech and enjoy the immediate positive results. Here are some thoughts to substitute:

    "I'm super busy today and I love being busy"
    "My day is filled with activities that I enjoy"
    "Today, I have many opportunities to feel useful"
    "I'm so grateful to have (kids, work, chores) that give my life meaning and purpose"
    "I do what I love and I love what I do" "

    Source: Volk Funk, Kristen. "December News, Events, and Cooking Tip." New Health Visions (15 Dec. 2011). Print. - 1/15/2012 2:07:17 PM
  • I think I can handle 5 to 10 minutes of quiet time to de-stress. Also, I know that the more I exercise, the better I feel overall and the lower my stress level. Until I can work back to a regular and consistent routine, I'll try the 5 to 10 minutes. Thanks, SP! - 1/11/2012 10:58:11 AM
  • I needed this article. I do not deal well with stress at all and have a lot of it in my life, at least a lot of it that I probably create and that doesn't need to cause me such stress...

    I am going to make it a goal of mine to start REALLY dealing with my stress and making it better.

    Thank you. :) - 10/27/2011 4:08:04 PM
  • These are great ideas to help calm a person. I use about 6 of the 11 and some others as well. However, to be realistic (for myself at least) some days blip up with one more stress to deal with that I have to just take a breath and say, "tomorrow will look better". Some situations look better when we adjust to the addition of "just one more" and find a way to fit it in our already overwhelmed basket. - 10/22/2011 12:51:34 AM
  • These are great ideas to help calm a person. I use about 6 of the 11 and some others as well. However, to be realistic (for myself at least) some days blip up with one more stress to deal with that I have to just take a breath and say, "tomorrow will look better". Some situations look better when we adjust to the addition of "just one more" and find a way to fit it in our already overwhelmed basket. - 10/22/2011 12:49:18 AM
  • Thank you for this article! It has given me some great tips! - 8/12/2011 8:25:36 PM
  • What a timely article for me! Stress for me though equals not wanting to eat which is not good either. I had a terribly stressful day yesterday and while I didn't eat too much, what I ate was healthy and I forced myself to go for a walk and do a 10 minute Coach Nicole workout and it helped get rid of all the negative, overwhelming "junk" inside my head! This is a good article! - 8/12/2011 1:16:28 PM

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