Stress and Your Band

I’m sooooooo STRESSED!!!!!!!!!!  How many times a day do you hear this?  How many times a day do you say this?  Stress seems to be on everyone’s lips these days and a sign of the times.  Work, health, home, kids, the sources are endless and unfortunately for most of us stress is a daily part of our lives.

Hans Seley, was the first person who defined stress and is known as the  “father” of stress research. He defined stress as: The body’s nonspecific response to a demand placed on it.  What he means is that your body has a certain reaction to demands (be they physical, psychological or mental) that are placed on you.

Our Body and Bands Reaction to Stress

When our bodies are stressed we release three hormones, cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline.  These are the hormones that are responsible for the ‘flight or fight’ response, and cause changes in our autonomic nervous functions, speeding the heart rate, slowing digestion, and shunting blood flow to major muscle groups amoung other things.

Many people find that their band may be perfectly adjusted until they find themselves in a stressful situation.  Up until then the food is going down nicely and their hunger is satiated on a small meal.  However, enter stress and all of a sudden things are getting stuck.  (My sister would say that things would be great until the head of her department would enter the room and then her band would tighten and eating was impossible…luckily she left that job!).

What to do If your Band Tightens During Stressful Times

These are times when you need to be extra careful when eating.  We all know the importance of cutting food into small pieces, taking your time between bites and chewing, chewing, chewing.  If you find your band tightens during stressful moments you need be extra vigilant with these behaviours.   Sometimes it may be wise to opt for easier foods during stressful times to avoid food from getting stuck.  Just be careful that you don’t slip into the maladaptive eating behaviour of always going for the softer/mushier foods, as this ultimately will lead to weight plateau or gain.  If  you are finding that the stress is sticking around for awhile…and so is the food that you are trying to eat… it may be necessary to have a slight defill to allow you to eat healthy, solid foods.

“Good” Stress…really??

Luckily not all stress is bad…the good stress is called ‘eustress’.  Eustress drives us to seek out adventure and new activities, it is the thrill we feel when racing down a ski hill (or better yet winning a lottery?!).  It helps drive us to grow and reach for new goals and dreams.

So here is wishing us all as much eustress as we can comfortably handle and as little of the ‘bad stuff’ as possible.  I could definitely handle the ‘stress’ of winning the lottery…

Yours in Health, Wealth, and Fitness 🙂


About BodyWell Fitness

I am a Registered Nurse, Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, and Lapband Education Coach. I have worked since 2005 with the obese population and over 5000 lapband/gastric banded patients helping them to understand life with a gastric band, eat well, lose weight, get physically and mentally fit, become healthy and stay motivated. It is my goal to provide information, share knowledge and motivate people to help them reach their hopes and dreams.
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