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Stress and Weight Gain

Stress and Weight Gain

Summary: According to a new study that examined 58 women, stress can play a role in our metabolism and largely affect how we gain or lose weight.

Stress can largely affect how we gain or lose weight.

According to a new study that examined 58 women, stress can play a role in our metabolism and largely affect how we gain or lose weight.The study was based on an experiment where the 58 women were given the same meal at the same time. The only difference was that some of the women had been stressed during the previous day while the others were not.

The experiment revealed that, seven hours later, the women who were stressed burned 104 less calories than the other subjects. Researchers reported that the women who were under stress also had higher levels of insulin, the hormone that promotes the storage of fat.

Over time, stress can contribute to weight gain. An increase of 104 calories with every meal can amount to about 6 kilograms of excess weight each year.

The link between stress and weight gain is not clear, but other studies have shown how our mood affects our eating habits. Emotional eating is a large contributor to overweight. When we are upset, stressed, or angry, we tend to resort to food for comfort.

This is why one of the authors of the study suggested a way to prevent weight gain due to stress. We can’t escape stress in our lives, so we have to stop ourselves from eating unhealthy foods when we become stressed. This is why we should always have healthy food choices in our refrigerators, so that when we reach for comfort food, we aren’t tempted by fatty foods.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.