Stress is a fact of life. There are several types of stress including:
physical stress like an infection, virus, healing from surgery
emotional stress like worrying about finances, relationship problems, family issues, employment
When a body experiences stress, there is a rise in stress hormones that include cortisol, epinephrine, adrenaline. A purpose of this rise in stress hormones is to enable blood sugar to RISE so you can have the “benefit” of the fight/flight response. Stress hormones actually cause blood sugar to rise to give the person a shot of fuel to either duke it out in a fight or run like the dickens from your enemy!
Well, this was great in days of yore because physically pummeling an enemy or running to escape a dinosaur burned off the glucose. In 2011, it is not necessarily a physical fight or need for escape that is triggering the stress response. It may be your boss, your kids, your hubby, your mother, mother in law, finances, unemployment, etc etc. We are getting the same stress response from our body without the physical burn off of the excess sugar.
When stress hormones rise in a person with Met B, and blood sugar rises (the liver releases stored glycogen), the pancreas will begin to over-release the fat gain hormone, insulin. So…people with Met B tend to eat more when they are stressed and gain weight during times of stress due to an increased insulin load and roller- coastering blood sugar.
(If you know of someone who says…I can’t eat a bite of anything or I have no appetite or they lose a boat load of weight when they are stressed….they are most likely a Met A!)
During the course of every single day we experience stress….the drive to work can be a bear, you may have a headache for the afternoon, your joints may ache a little more on a rainy day, your kids or spouse may drive you temporarily crazy over the weekend. This is not extreme stress…this is the stress of being alive circa 2011.
But, if you are going through a time of major stress….the death of a loved one, a divorce, chronic intense pain, recovering from surgery, steep and ongoing financial strife….you need to take a minute to assess if it just might impede your progress on Steps 2 and 3.
In Step 1 of MM, the liver is purposely emptied of glycogen stores and can’t over-respond to stress hormones with a big dollop of glycogen. So, being in Step 1 during times of major stress is an excellent choice.
If you are in Steps 2 or 3 during times of major stress, your liver WILL release glycogen (sugar) when stress hormones rise. Your sugar rises, your pancreas gets a phone call to release insulin. Because you have Met B, the pancreas will “over” release and you will find yourself having cravings, being irritable/depressed, craving carbs, unable to get filled…and…the scale stops moving downward and can actually begin to move upward even though you are following your program!
Thankfully, there are two very different ways to handle a prolonged period of high stress for those with Met B:
THE NON-MEDICINAL APPROACH TO PROLONGED LEVELS OF HIGH STRESS for Met B’s : Do Step 1 with a vengeance. Put yourself in Step 1 and you will be glad you did. You will have energy, focus, concentration, no carb cravings, less anxiety, less depression, and continued weight loss.
Make sure to get physical activity…as exercise helps to lower blood sugar AND decreases stress hormones!
Take your multivitamin AND vitamin B complex (at 2 different meals) as B vitamins burn very quickly when you are stressed
THE MEDICINAL APPROACH TO PROLONGED LEVELS OF HIGH STRESS for Met B’s:
Stayed tuned for part 2 of Stress and the person with Met B!