The Relationship Between Stress and Weight Gain Highlights the Role of Hormones in Bariatric Medicine, Says Dr. Feiz & Associates

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Commenting on a recent article, the Los Angeles area medical group notes that the role of such hormones as ghrelin can be crucial in understanding obesity and weight loss.

Jessenia lost over 95 pounds, and kept it off, with a gastric sleeve.

Procedures such as the gastric sleeve appear to have significant hormonal benefits which may very well play a key role in the proven effectiveness of weight loss.

On account of a number of hormonal reactions in the body, stress can significantly worsen weight problems, according to an August 15 article in the Huffington Post. The article discusses a number of stress-related hormones and how such issues as menopause in women can disrupt the normal flow of such substances as leptin, which is believed to be associated with feelings of satiety following a meal, and ghrelin, which is the hormone that tells us that we are hungry and need to eat more. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that severely obese individuals in particular appear to overproduce ghrelin and the problem only intensifies as patients lose weight, which may be largely responsible for the well-known phenomenon of “yo-yo dieting” which has sabotaged so many attempts to defeat obesity. The medical group adds the procedures such as the gastric sleeve appear to have significant hormonal benefits which may very well play a key role in the proven effectiveness of weight loss.

Dr. Feiz & Associates points that it appears that overproduction of ghrelin may be a truly significant factor associated with obesity. Moreover, the clinic adds, the body tends to increase production of the hormone when an individual loses weight; even non-obese individuals trying to lose a few extra pounds may frequently notice that, the more weight they lose, the hungrier they seem to feel. In people dealing with severe obesity, who may often have a hundred pounds or more to lose, Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that the problem may be greatly magnified. Patients often find that, even after they have eaten a meal which they know intellectually contains more than enough calories, they may nevertheless find themselves fighting off a powerful drive to keep eating. As this issue worsens as more weight is lost, it’s easy to imagine why the vast majority of severely obese individuals who try to lose all of their excess weight, and then keep that weight off, struggle and regain their weight in most cases, the clinic notes.

Dr. Feiz & Associates adds that the gastric sleeve procedure appears to be particularly effective in dealing with this issue. The procedure, which removes approximately 75 to 85 percent of the stomach, also appears to remove the portion that is associated with a great deal of the body’s production of ghrelin. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that reducing the body’s production of the hunger hormone really does seem to reduce the persistent feelings of intense appetite that make it so difficult for most patients to permanently defeat obesity. The practice adds that patients report having a much easier time eating less food than they were used to previously and, thus, weight loss is far easier to achieve and maintain.

Dr. Feiz & Associates adds that bariatric surgery should never be seen as an “easy way out” and patients still have to work hard to redefine their relationship with food. Nevertheless, they add that patients typically agree that procedures make defeating severe obesity a great deal more achievable. Readers who are interested in learning more about weight loss procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. Feiz & Associates at (800) 868-5946 or visit their website at

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