Whether you go for a walk during your lunch break or hit the gym after work, incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Stress can contribute towards weight gain by altering the way that your brain perceives hunger, pleasure and the type of foods you crave. © 2005-2020 Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company. “A large majority of my patients will gain weight when they have stress,” she says. Results: In men, the effect of job strain on weight gain and weight loss was dependent on baseline BMI (P