I had a bad flu for about a week, and lost a few pounds during that, which I didn't mind at all. In fact, I was glad. My stomach, however, had shrunk, and my appetite was dead. I was always tired, my hair started falling out, and my period stopped. Turns out, I was eating about 400 calories a day! Because in the new year I started eating really clean and exercising a lot more, gaining that weight was hard.
I think that boxing was the kicker for my body; one I started gaining muscle like crazy! Now I'm at 110 lbs and I look and feel better than ever! It's been a long road, but for the first time in history, I'm stoked to have my period!
For any woman out there who has lost her period because of rapid, unhealthy weight loss, I really suggest cutting back the cardio a bit and adding strength training! Eat a lot of healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, and avocados, and have some full fat dairy! And if you're afraid of getting "fat," don't be! I look slimmer and better at 110lbs than I did at 102 (my absolute lowest.)
Good luck to everyone!
I'm happy to hear of your success - I'm still trying to get to the place you are at...from a vanity point of view, I recently saw some pics of myself and nearly fell over - my hair, skin, etc., look terrible! I decided right there that I really need to get healthy...not only for my future health but my looks that have certainly vanished into thin air.
Glad to hear a 'success' story - You DO look wonderful!!
Thank you for your kind words!
Don't be discouraged, it can be a really slow process. For some people, it is hard to gain weight. I know that I have a tough time because I still have a small appetite and eat only whole, healthy foods and I exercise a lot. I have to check myself to make sure I'm not a deficit, and if I am, I eat a few handfuls of nuts.
You're right, in the end, usually our motives are based off of our appearances. But often times we notice that we look different or worse in our opinion when we aren't healthy internally. At 102 pounds, my arms were sticks and my ribs protruded, but I still had flab on my belly. At 110, I have some muscle on my arms and my stomach is getting tighter.
Your skin and hair issues could be a result of the hormonal imbalance that is causing your amenorrhea (loss of period). Just eat healthy fats and put on some good weight and I'm sure it'll all clear up and realign again soon!
I too eat try to eat 'clean'/vegetarian, consume organic as much as possible and eat small amounts (veggies, nuts/seeds; fish/eggs; incorporating some fruit now) throughout the day. Could you pls. give me a picture of what a typical day of eating looks like for you? I'm thinking I need to almost 'copy' someone's healthy eating plan in order to get back on track...no pressure LOL
I am 5'6" and currently weigh 82-83 lbs.
Thanks in advance!
Typically, I eat 3 good sized meals a day. Dinner is my largest, and even though everyone says to make breakfast the largest and dinner the smallest, I like eating a big dinner. It's more socially normal and I love going to bed feeling satisfied.
Morning: Eggs (with yolk) and oatmeal or toast.
Lunch: Big salad with chicken and dressing. If you want to do a vegetarian salad, that's fine, just add walnuts or egg and cheese for protein.
Dinner: Red meat (!!!) with a sweet potato and veggies. Incorporating red meat really helped me get my period back. If you are firm in your vegetarian beliefs, that is okay, but it will be harder for you to get it back.
Snacks: Lots and lots of nuts and peanut butter, air popped popcorn, and turkey.
You should probably eat 2500-3000 calories a day to get your BMI up into a healthy range. Cook with olive oil, put avocados in your salads, and snack on those nuts! If you find it difficult to eat that much right away, start slow and just add 100 calories little by little. At each meal, make sure you have a good source of protein, carbs, and fat.
I eat very normally now. I can go out to dinner with my family and eat a full meal and feel good afterward. I have ice cream every now and then, and it doesn't prove detrimental my weight; it probably helped my body get healthy again! Just try to relax around food and see it as a fuel source rather than a necessary evil.
Thanks for the advice - I will/have started incorporating more...but I have to go 'slow' (like you suggested).
Have a great day:)