Stress does not help you lose weight, it does exactly the opposite. While there are some people who just stop eating while under a lot of stress, the majority of us start self medicating ourselves with food and/or alcohol, stop exercising and stop paying attention to how we look and what we eat. In addition to that adrenalin and cortisol that are stress hormones make you store more fat and prevent you from burning fat as fuel. While it is impossible to control a lot of situations, that cause the stress, you have to at least be aware of what it does to your body. You should not blame yourself for anything. You are trying to help your family, and take care of yourself and there is only so much you can do or control. Try to relax and find at least some time during the day that is yours only, even if it is just 5 minutes. Listen to the music, or stare at a beautiful picture, or find some scent that can let you forget about your problems for just a couple of minutes at a time. Any physical activity, walking, lowers the level of stress hormones almost immediately. This is our biological response, if you are moving you are moving away from danger. I would try to concentrate on relaxation more than on weight loss right now. You need to calm down and relax, even a little bit, the weight will start coming down once you are in better mood. We cannot control life, but we can learn to take a deep breath and move on. At least this is what I am trying to learn how to do. I wish you all the best and hope your problems start getting resolved. Take care of yourself.
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto