Stress and weight...

United States
February 25, 2012 11:51am CST
Hi everyone, I have a simple question. Is it possible to lose two pounds a day due to stress? I recently became extremely stressed out and in less than a week I have noticed that I have dropped almost ten pounds, (unintentionally). No my eating habits have not changed and neither has my daily routine. (o.k. well maybe my portions got a little smaller, but not by much). I have been stressed out before, but never losing about 2 pounds a day. I have always heard people normally gain weight when they become stressed out, not lose weight.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Ten pounds? That's too much weight to lose without any effort. I suggest that if your weight continues to drop that you see a doctor.
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• United States
25 Feb 12
That is why I am a little alarmed about losing that much weight, this started Monday the 20th. It has only been 5 days later.
@yahnee (1250)
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
When I am stressed my tendency is to lose all appetite for food and everything else. When I became stressed a few months ago, I lost 10 pounds in a week's time. I have not regained any of the pounds I lost since I have not recovered from that unfortunate situation in my life but I am slowly trying to recover my appetite for health reasons. Some people are the opposite since when they are stressed they turn to the "happy" foods which causes them the extra pounds.
• United States
25 Feb 12
I can actually relate to what you are saying. In my younger years I actually had a problem with anorexia, which losing this ten pounds in a weeks time scares me.
• Canada
25 Feb 12
I think that stress acts differently on everyone so not everyone gains weight when they are stressed. Some people might lose weight also when they are stressed. You might think that you are eating the same way but your eating habits must have changed somewhat for you to lose weight like this. I can just advise you to relax a little bit and try to manage your stress...
• United States
25 Feb 12
Like I have said, this is a first for me. I am used to stress, and have never gained nor lost. The only thing is this time my stress is more than usual. I live in an area where there is no public transportation. I work about an hour away, and go to school about 30 minutes in the opposite direction of my home. I have children who need to eat and only have one other person to who has a schedule of their own. So right there is a lot of stress on me. Me and my car (thank god, no children) were involved in an accident. So yea, my stress for me is now on a new level of stress, and I am just moving with the motions right now. Thank you for your replies... all of you.
@agent807 (724)
• United States
4 Mar 12
I'm struggling through a stressful period myself. I didn't notice the weight loss at first, but I noticed when none of my clothes fit, everything was falling off, I was constantly tired, and I couldn't eat. All of the food tasted horrible, and I was getting sick. The eating part came from financial reasons, but that was on top of everything else going on. By the time progress was being made, I had lost 50 pounds. My friends said that I looked great and looked healthier. I don't know how you can tell someone who has undergone rapid weight loss and is going through starvation that they look healthy. I am still in my recovery process, and I hope whatever you are going through will pass so you can get on the road to recovery.
@UmiNoor (3594)
• Malaysia
29 Feb 12
It is possible to lose weight when you're under so much pressure. I once was so depressed that I lost two pounds in a day. But that is because I didn't eat anything at all. It's hard for me to eat when I'm depressed. I eat when I'm happy. Strange. But true. But after recovering from the depression, I eat as normal and gained back whatever I've lost. You would too after you've gotten rid of the problems that are stressing you out.
@ecaron (678)
• Canada
26 Feb 12
As a person who has struggled with her weight most of my adult life, I can say that I am a little jealous that you could lose weight so easily, on the other hand, I'm not sure losing so much so fast is exactly healthy. I used to belong to a support group called Tops and we tried to focus on losing about two pounds a week. It was great because we didn't critize each other only offered support and advice and it worked for me because I lost about fifty pounds in the first year after I joined. Anyway, as far as stress goes, yes, I think a person can either lose or gain depending on the person, some like me eat more some eat less or not at all. Either is not good but if you try to work out your stress than you can help you eating and weight problems, I guess. Good Luck to you.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
26 Feb 12
Stress can cause both weight gain and weight loss. I remember, few years ago I always put on a lot of weight during exam periods, but nowadays stress makes me lose weight as I can't eat properly. I would second that seeing the doctor would be a good idea if your weight loss hasn't stopped yet.
@shadjee1 (604)
• Philippines
26 Feb 12
It depends on how you respond to stress. Some people doesn't really notice of their eating habits whenever they are stressed. They might eat but only a fewer portion than before. It is not only the eating habits but also with the sleeping habit. Some people tend to eat more food because of stress. It is where they find comfort like ice cream, cake, chocolates, etc. Like me, whenever i feel stressed I tend to look for food so I tend to gain weight. I buy chips, ice cream or cake whenever I am stressed which is a bad habit. ;)
@derek_a (10902)
26 Feb 12
Yes, I would say that it is possible to lose weight due to stress, but I would definitely get it checked out with a doctor as it could be something else. It probably is stress if you know you feel stress a lot, but by coincidence it could be something medical that needs attention. We are all different, as I tend to eat more if I am stressed and put on weight. It certainly won't do any harm to talk to a doctor about it. Hope your stress eases soon. _Derek
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
26 Feb 12
I think you should at least ask the doctors if it is really due to stress or some other hidden problems. Do not take your health likely. To lose 2 pounds a day is quite substantial. I do not want to sound as if I am a doctor, because I am not. I do think proper medical advice suits this response better than just other myLotters' opinion. Take care :)
@ardoy0731 (6865)
• Philippines
26 Feb 12
I think stress tend people to eat to much or not to eat.In you situation,stress tends you to not to eat that the usual the cause you to lose weight,which some people experience too.In my case,if I'm undergoing in to stress I eat to much especially my fave foods.I just divert it into eating rather than thinking it that much.
@yy0501 (54)
• China
26 Feb 12
last July I lost 6 pounds because the job stress and family stress, I could't have good sleep, and I ate less. But, imajerseygirl, TWO POUNDS A DAY is two much, I think you need to see a doctor, and do something to relieve stress. I hope you'll be better soon. *_*
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Hi! Yes, I think it is possible to lose weight due to stress. It often happens to me. When I am stressed out, I get sick most of the time. Either I get asthma attack or my gerd would come back so therefore I find it hard to sleep and eat. Even though you don't get sick, just the fact that you cannot sleep will make you lose weight.. I suggest that if you are stressed out, look for somethings you can do to divert your attention. Write a diary perhaps or go to the movies and gym..
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
25 Feb 12
perhaps the weight loss is due to not eating properly because when you are stressed, people either tend to over eat or under eat.
@Cranos (273)
• Belgium
25 Feb 12
One of my best friends loses at least 15 pounds every exam period (crazy, I know!) so yes it's certainly possible. Not everyone's reasction to stress is to start binge eating. It's not that weird since you haven't started eating more than usual.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Feb 12
Honestly, it can work either way. When I was a younger woman, I found that when I was under stress I would gain weight because of the fact that I would eat as a way to escape the stress that I was under. However, now that I'm older I find that I don't eat when I'm undergoing a lot of stress and because of that I do tend to lose weight when there is a lot of stress going on in my life. However, you really have to be careful because you could put your body into a starvation mode.
@victorkrish (1522)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 12
First of all,i think you must be calm and not stress out, its my bring you side effect. The thing you should do is just find a solution to lose your weight not to be panic or stress out even not by hard way. Every problem that started have a solution definitely, nothing to worry. I strong believe everyone can make a different. It is just all bout you want or not and are you strong enough or not? That it!!
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Stress is a normal part of ones life. Every one of us do experience it. But I would like to let you know that the effects of stress is different to every one. Our body is a unique being. You're so lucky if the effect of stress helps you to lose weight. But be careful because that kind of effect might add an additional damage into your health.
• Ireland
25 Feb 12
People who respond to stress by over-eating will tend to gain weight, but those who eat the same or even a little less when in a highly stressful period can lose weight. I tend to lose quite a bit of weight if I go through a stressful time in my life. I hope that you don't stay stressed for much longer, best of luck with your life issues.