Stress and Weight Gain
During stress, the energy demand is such that it can lead to a lack of amino acids, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins. All nutrients are less well absorbed.
Stress can contribute to the metabolic syndrome which is the combination of different symptoms such as abdominal obesity, resistance to insulin (that can evolve into diabetes), arterial hypertension and the disturbance of lipid metabolism (cholesterol).
According to health professionals, nutritional deficiencies weaken the nervous system and therefore are responsible for a poor adaptation to stress factors. A diet rich in processed foods (fried foods, white bread, sweets, etc.) increases the risk of stress and depression by 58% according to British researchers.