Effects of stress on weight and weight loss

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Stress can have a significant impact on weight and weight loss. When an individual is stressed, their body releases cortisol, which can increase appetite and cause cravings for high-fat, high-sugar foods. This can lead to overeating and weight gain. Additionally, stress can disrupt sleep, which can also contribute to weight gain. On the other hand, chronic stress can also cause weight loss, as it can lead to a decrease in appetite and the breakdown of muscle tissue. It is important to manage stress through healthy coping mechanisms, such as exercise, relaxation techniques, and social support, in order to support healthy weight management.

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