How Stress Causes Weight Gain

Posted by Admin on September 5, 2008
The mounting stress in today's society leads to a vicious descending spiral of ever-increasing weight gain. But the good news is that the spiral is not inevitable and can be reversed and transcended. "In times of economic hardship and stress, people gain weight," said Dr. Sasson Moulavi, a bariatric physician in Port St. Lucie, Fla. This is because: -When the economy deteriorates and the gremlin of stress seizes people, they tend to buy less expensive, lower-quality food, which is calorically rich and nutritionally poor.

Stress causes the human body to tense up as it releases hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which encourage fat formation. In primitive man, these "fight or flight" chemicals were of great service in times of occasional threat, when the fat was quickly utilized. But under toda's societal stress, modern man feels constantly "threatened,"and so constantly builds fat.

"In primitive man, after a surge of fight or flight hormones, he relaxed and his body went back to normal, but today, continuous stress with no relief is common," said Moulavi. People subjected to stress, the doctor said, tend to sleep less, which increases cortisol secretion. Exercise could improve this whole scenario.

However, "stress can make you tired and cause sore muscles," said Lani Kee, manager of the Center for Health and Healing at Martin Memorial Health Systems, in Stuart, Fla."When you hurt and have no energy, you're less likely to exercise."

De-stressing can be accomplished by setting time aside for walking, bathing, listening to music and the like; writing down one's core values and focusing on them in daily life; and consciously avoiding negative people and situations that produce stress.

Featured Specialities:
Featured Doctors:

Optimal Wellness

 Dr. Joseph E. Bosiljevac

14 E.69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Call: 800-400-8875

Royal Medical Clinic

Dr. Daniel Royal

9065 S. Pecos Rd., Ste. 250
Henderson, NV 89074
Call: 888-679-4511

Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Peter Ferraro, D.C.

230 Midland Ave
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Call: 888-989-0245

 Associates in Family Chiropractic & Natural Health Care, P.C.

156 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
Call: 888-998-5579

Empire Physical Medicine & Pain Management

Dr. Steven S. Moalemi, M.D.

7 West 45th St,. Floor 9
New York, NY 10036
Call: 888-707-9348

Optimal Wellness Network

Dr. Hal Blatman

20 E.46th Street, 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10017
Call: 888-452-5572