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Is Stress Making Me Fat?

Stress Makes You Gain Weight

Have you ever found yourself overeating or eating mindlessly a large bowl of ice cream? Or eating a zinger burger with fries? You have been eating every time and perhaps you don’t even know that your waistline has expanded. If you recognize yourself in this scenario then trust me you are not alone! The reason for your weight gain is STRESS. YES, STRESS!

Stress is the reason you are gaining weight as it goes for a long period of the triple whammy for weight eventually by increasing our appetites interferes with our willpower to implement a healthy lifestyle and makes us hold onto the fat. Stress and weight gain have a direct relationship certainly if you are going through stress you are prone to gain weight.

Symptoms of stress may include:

• Low energy.
• Headaches.
• Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.
• Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
• Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
• Insomnia.
• Frequent colds and infections.
• Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.

Following are the four major reasons stress leads to weight gain.



Whenever your brain detects the presence of a threat it prepares itself by releasing a cascade of chemicals, including adrenaline, cortisol, and CRH. Your brain evokes you to be alerting ready for action and able to withstand an injury. In the short-term, adrenaline helps you feel less hungry as your blood flows away from the internal organs and to your large muscles to prepare for “fight or flight.” However, once the effects of adrenaline wear off, cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” hangs around and starts signaling the body to replenish your food supply.

Belly Fat

Belly fat also occurs due to overthinking or stress as the bodies adapted by learning to store fat supplies for the long haul. This results when people like you and me are chronically stressed that could be because of any reason such as crises and work-life demands, our bodies are prone to get fat deep down in our bodies.

Your belly has an ample supply of blood vessels and cortisol receptors to make the whole process flow more efficiently. Unfortunately, belly fat is unhealthy and is difficult to get rid of. The fat in our body can initiate many issues such as heart diseases and diabetes that are the dangers of stress fat.



#Anxiety is another reason that can be caused due to which we gain weight. Adrenaline is the reason for the feeling we are stressed. Anxiety is can trigger emotional eating. People usually overeat or end up eating unhealthy food in response to stress or as a way to calm down is a very common response.

Anxiety can help you eat more mindlessly as you worry about the thoughts in your head and you do not focus that how much food you have eaten or how is the taste of food. When people eat mindlessly, you will likely eat more, yet feel less satisfied.

Cravings For Fast Food


When people are chronically stressed they crave more and more food. They don’t feel satisfied eating food single time but ask for more. These people tend to eat fast food that is easy to eat, highly processed, high in fat, sugar, and salt.

People crave these foods because of two reasons either it's biological or psychological. Therefore, people who are stressed are prone to eat more unhealthy food. According to a study conducted in the University of Pennsylvania, in laboratory mice, that being “#stressed” by exposure to the smell of a predator lead the mice to eat more high-fat food pellets, when given the choice of eating these instead of normal feed.

Less Sleep


Sleep deprivation is the factor that makes your body to gain weight. According to the APA’s “Stress in America” survey, more than 40% of us lie awake at night as a result of stress. Research shows that worry is a major cause of insomnia.

Our minds are overactive and won’t switch off. We may also lose sleep because of pulling overnights to cram for exams or writing until the early hours. Stress causes decreased blood sugar, which leads to fatigue.

7 Mistakes Stressed People Make That Lead To Weight Gain


Forgetting to Eat

Emotional Eating

Skimping on Sleep

Overdoing it on Caffeine

Skipping your Workout

Not De-Stressing