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Absentha 01-22-2013 10:20 PM

Hello everyone!
So here's the thing. I've been on a controlled medical diet for months. Every month, I gained 1-1'5 kg, it was almost mathematical. I was so frustrated that when X-mas holidays came I decided to just blow it all up and eat whatever I wanted and stay on the couch for as long as I felt like (I was really stressed out, I'm doing a master course which is horrible, tons of work, bad organization... so on).
I weighted myself after the holidays. I'd lost 1'5 kg. At first I thought it would be muscle mass, but my clothes felt looser around my waist. My face also looked thinner (like I had de-puffed, even though I'd had tons of fizzy drinks and champagne).
Then I began my classes once again, and I've gained that 1'5 kg back, even though I'm eating properly now and doing more exercise than back then; which leads me to believe the reason why I have been gaining weight non-stop since the beginning of my course is STRESS.
What do you guys think? Anybody knows if I'm going crazy or is this actually possible?

cjohnson728 01-22-2013 11:23 PM

Yep. One word for you: cortisol. It's known as the "stress hormone" and, while I am not sure of the exact biological mechanisms, it is directly linked to weight gain (or slowing weight loss). It's also at least part of the reason that lack of sleep hampers weight loss as well; sleep deprivation causes increased production of cortisol.

Absentha 01-23-2013 09:02 AM

Uh... This does make sense. I' ve had exogen Cushings for years. My cortisol levels have been high all my life.

Absentha 01-23-2013 09:11 AM

But what can I do? My classes are not going to end until June. I've gained 3 more kgs since X-mas, that's only a month!!

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