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How Does Stress Affect Your Weight?

Former Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft isn't too concerned with the planning aspect of her wedding, but she's already thinking about her wedding-day physique. She told People, "I've heard the stress alone of planning a wedding helps you get into shape for it, so we'll see if I need to stress myself out a little bit to lose that extra pound!"

Stress has been known to have the opposite effect on some people who are more apt to put on stress-induced pounds. How does your body react?

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ekstor ekstor 8 years
I wouldn't call her crazy skinny... after seeing on "Dancing with the Stars," she looks crazy athletic with very little fat though. I agree she needn't worry about having to lose any weight.
mannylove mannylove 8 years
I dont think melissa needs to worry....she is crazy skinny
petites-mains petites-mains 8 years
If I'm incredibly stressed I lose my appetite, my IBS kicks into high gear, and I'll lose weight. Certainly not worth the extra pounds lost, let me tell ya.
telane telane 8 years
I used to gain because of how I dealt with stress.... I would neglect to think about what I was eating/drinking/etc. and I would fail to exercise because I was so exhausted (mentally) that I had no energy to do it. Now I am completely different, and I would say that stress does not make me go either way. I know it may sound weird to some, but having the regularity of exercise and being the only one able to take control of my diet actually makes me even feel better about whatever it is that is stressing me out.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
Usually stress doesn't noticeably affect my weight, because I usually don't stay stressed long enough. If I'm really busy, I tend to eat less buy I don't exercise as much either.
sophieruth sophieruth 8 years
she doest need to lose weight!
Nellllll Nellllll 8 years
Ofcourse i lose weight when i'm stressful ;)
wickedlanie wickedlanie 8 years
Really depends on the stress. Emotional=gain. School/Work related=loss. I tend to eat when I'm emotionally stressed and usually stop frequenting the gym. School/work stress I usually deal with increased exercise. Huh. I never realized this before.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I lose weight (because I lose my appetite), and I lose sleep, too. However, I tend to over-exercise because exercise is the only thing that makes me feel good. The recipe of under-eating, under-sleeping, yet OVER-exercising makes me look like a wreck. For one particular stressful period, I had a routine medical check-up (it was that time of year). When our family doctor walked into the consultation room, he did a double-take when he saw me. He grabbed my chart, looked at my weight, and checked my weight from previous years. Apparently, I lost a lot of weight. I was a pale, scrawny thing. I must have looked sickly. Boy, did he take me to task over that.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I've gained weight with everyday stresses that get overwhelming, but I know exercise will make me feel better so I know better now. I did go through a period out of high school when I was dealing with severe depression where I lost about 15 lbs, (after gaining almost 20 from my senior year) my hair fell out in clumps because of it.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I have good stress coping mechanisms that don't involve food, so even when I'm really stressed I don't usually see the results in my weight.
EcoGirl EcoGirl 8 years
when when im fat that im stressed out , i start eating junk food n sweets all day
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
this depends on what "kind" of stress. if it's the i'm so busy working and barely have any time to even brush my teeth, then i'll loose. if it's more emotional stress, then my favorite way to cope is with carbs, although i'm fortunately too busy to do that these days.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I lose weight when I stress out now, but I used to be the opposite and ate my stress.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
it's not the stress that makes me gain or lose weight - it's how i handle the stress. if i work off my aggression with exercise, i'll lose, but if i just eat my feelings, i gain.
sourcherry sourcherry 8 years
I lose weight, because I lose my appetite when I'm stressed. Usually I'm constantly snaking, but when something is bothering me I just eat when I'm really hungry...
kia kia 8 years
I used to gain weight when stressed but have overcome my emotional eating issues so now I stay the same or drop a little.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
My girlfriend stresses out a lot and she loses weight with insanity. Jealous. When stress gets bad for me, I eat for comfort and BAM! I gain weight. And then I get depressed for gaining the weight that I emotionally eat for comfort and BAM! more weight. I go into evil cycles :) But I am trying to train myself that when I get stressed or overly emotional, to go workout or paint. Just something to get those endorphins out and make me feel good without gaining the damn weight.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Wait...Rycroft's getting MARRIED? To who? Wasn't she *just* dissed on national television by that Bachelor guy? I don't keep up with that kind of thing but...seems like it won't last. *shrug* I gain weight when I'm stressed out. Tying your academic performance to your self worth will do that to you. I get all the psychosomatic symptoms of stress, like not wanting to eat, nausea, panic attacks - but I'll still stuff my face with carbs. All that stress on my body does make me sick after a while, though - and then I lose weight. Eventually I end up with a net gain, but it seriously yo-yo's. I'm not as stressed anymore, but not having stress hasn't had ANY effect on my weight (good or bad), even when I'm actively trying to lose.
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