Stress and Weight Gain




“Even if you usually eat healthfully and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” says Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, a Prevention advisor and the author of Body for Life for Women.

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After 6 months of exercising and trying to eat right – except for the Strawberry shortcake, but we will not talk about that.  I believe stress is keeping me from losing weight.

Now you might ask what stress do I have in my life – well a new job in the last 10 months, husband changing from making well over $100,000 to $24,000.  Him being 900 miles away for most of the 10 months.  Taking out a loan to move to Virginia and then finding out that I will be furloughed for some days which means about $400 less in those pay checks.  We have a huge house in Rock Island, IL which we cannot sell or rent until we resolve issues with IRS.

So you see – I do have a great deal of stress.

So as the article says – when you are stressed your brain acts as though you’re in physical danger and you release hormones.  At the same time you get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy. At the same time, you get a surge of cortisol, which tells you need more energy, which means calories and makes you hungry.  The bad part is that your body keeps doing this until the stress goes away.

Here is the real kicker – We usually turn to fatty – high calorie, sugary things, which actually help to stop our bodies from producing these hormones and reduce the stress.  Cortisol also encourages your body to store fat—especially visceral fat, which is dangerous.  It releases fatty acids into our blood and raises are cholesterol and insulin levels and leads to heart disease and diabetes. 

We can do a few things to stop the stress, which one of the major ones is exercise, choosing to eat more meals a day, 3 meals and 2 snacks will help.  If you must give into your cravings, eat one of the chocolates or cookies.  Don’t eat the whole box (or the whole strawberry shortcake).  A difficult one for me is coffee and caffeine.  Eating a breakfast high in vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium will help stress in our bodies.  If you are not getting enough sleep – sleep more – your body perceives sleep deprivation as a major stressor.

Here is a pray that I found regarding peace of mind.

A Prayer for Peace of Mind



Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you.


Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.

Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.

Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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2 Responses to Stress and Weight Gain

  1. cathyjo1958 says:

    I really am trusting in God and I believe he has taken me to this point so far. God is good and I trust in his judgment.

  2. Mary Jo says:

    Very nicely written Cathy!

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