Stress And Weight Loss
Bariatric surgery is becoming an option for many people. As new technologies are discovered and JSAPA Weight Loss Surgery is improved, the qualifications for people who need to lose weight are reduced. For people who decide on bariatric surgery as an option to gain control of obesity it is important to recognize the triggers that cause overeating and inhibit weight loss.
Some people lose weight due to stress, but many of us turn to food in times of stress. Food brings with it a feeling of comfort. Meat loaf and mashed potatoes may be called a comfort food, but in the end they do nothing but cause fatigue and weight gain.
Overeating can be directly related to stress. For this reason it is really important to find ways to address the stress so we do not turn to food for comfort, especially when trying to lose weight or undergoing bariatric surgery. Stressors cause the body to release a hormone called cortisol. In studies dating as far back as 1994, cortisol has been associated with weight gain in the abdominal area, specifically associating high cortisol levels in women with higher waist to hip ratios.
It is not just women who have the ability to lose weight adversely affected by stress. Reports have also shown that men are more likely to have weight issues in relation to stress. In addition, those people with higher BMI’s or Body Mass Indexes, the measurement of height and weight, are more likely to gain weight due to stressors while those with lower and normal BMI’s are more likely to lose weight when faced with stress.
Bariatric surgery is becoming an option for many more people, but weight loss surgery addresses only part of the issues of obesity. In order to be successful on the weight loss journey, finding the solutions to stressors that either cause weight gain or just inhibit weight loss may be the key to long term success.