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Messed Up My Body...How Can I Fix It???


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Ok, please don't flame me or anything...I just truly am at my wits end and would really like some help and advice. I've made mistakes in the past and I hold my hands up to that entirely, but now I just feel completely at a loss of what to do.

Stats: 19yo female, CW 150lbs, GW 120lbs, LW 92lbs (at the beginning of this year.

So yeah...I've had a bit of a battle with anorexia/bulimia and depression in the recent past and made a bit of a mess of my body. Now, the second I eat anything, I gain weight and cant shift it. At all. To control my weight at the moment I'm nsuming in the range of about 800calories ---fruits, vegetables and sometimes a piece of fish/seafood or a fat free, sugar free yoghurt (no meat) --- because if I eat any more than that I gain.

I've also recently (4wks ago) come off Prozac, partly because I felt I didn't need it anymore and it wasn't benefitting me, and partly because I wondered if it might be having an impact in terms of this weight gain issue I've got going on.

Oh and also I'm exercising 4-5times a week for about an 45-60mins (kickboxing, running, rowing, cycling)

 

So basically my question(s) is/are this/these:

How can I get my body back to a stage where I can lose weight?

How long is this likely to take?

Or am I just totally screwed!?

Any information, anecdotal or otherwise, would be fantastic because I'm just utterly dispondent right now....

 

Thank you :)

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you're totally screwed. why dont you stop trying to lose weight and allow your body to heal. doing what your doing at the moment is a fast-track to a shallow grave.

to be honest i dont think anyone here will support you in losing weight. you should be eating a min of 1500 cals and more with exercise. to help you lose weight would be handing a bottle of whiskey to an alcoholic. this is not a pro ana or pro mia site. to persevere in your endeavour to lose weight will seriously p*s ppl off.

why dont you jus work on getting your cals up. if you're not prepared to do that, i suggest this post be locked

The reason you gain on such few calories is because you've messed up your metabolism by starving yourself.  The only way to fix it is to suck it up and eat the required calories.  Sure, you'll gain a little weight while your metabolism sort of re-sets itself.  But eventually, the weight gain will slow down and start to even itself out.

You need to be eating at minimum 1500 calories.  This is the bare minimum for a teen female.  If you are active, you need to eat even more than that.  Which means you are going to need closer to 1800-2000.  I know it sounds like alot, but this is the only way.  Otherwise, you will be stuck eating 800 calories for the rest of your life just to maintain.

fidget: I don't think there was quite such a need to be so blunt. My post was a request for help because I KNOW what I've done is wrong. People make mistakes. I acknowledged that I had made one. And what I'm trying to do now is to learn from that mistake and move towards health, primarily, and then look to lose weight. I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world to have done this, but my research that I have done myself on the matter seems somewhat inconclusive.

I never made any insinuation that this was a pro ana or mia site at all. I never said that I wasn't prepared to up my cals. And for an overweight person, I don't think it's out of the ordinary for them to want to lose a bit of weight.

If that offends you, I apologise, that was not the intention.

Peaches: Thanks for the words of advice. Should I up my calories gradually, immediately or does it not really matter? Should I eat back exercise cals? Any ideas roughly on how long I might expect to gain weight for, or does it really depend on the individual??? Right now I am slightly overweight and nearly at my all time heaviest.

It's just good to kind of know that this isn't a permanent mess (or at least I hope not!)

You can try to raise your calories gradually, but try not to fool yourself into raising them too gradually.  You need to try to get them up fairly quickly.  Try raising your calories by 100 a day until you get them up to where you need to be.  And for the time being, it is strongly recommended that you should eat back your exercise calories.  At least for a little while.  Either that, or stop exercising for a while.  I don't know how long you can expect to gain weight.  I think it varies.  I've never been anorexic, but the advice I'm giving you is information that has been posted before by very knowledgeable members here who really know what they are talking about.

And no, this is not a permanent mess and it can be fixed.  You just need to disregard the weight thing for a while.  Hide the scale if you have to, and focus on getting those calories up.  Then, later on down the road you can focus on losing some of the weight if that's what you want.

Thank you <3

Original Post by peaches0405:

The reason you gain on such few calories is because you've messed up your metabolism by starving yourself.  The only way to fix it is to suck it up and eat the required calories.  Sure, you'll gain a little weight while your metabolism sort of re-sets itself.  But eventually, the weight gain will slow down and start to even itself out.

You need to be eating at minimum 1500 calories.  This is the bare minimum for a teen female.  If you are active, you need to eat even more than that.  Which means you are going to need closer to 1800-2000.  I know it sounds like alot, but this is the only way.  Otherwise, you will be stuck eating 800 calories for the rest of your life just to maintain.

i agree with this as i went through exactly this. it took a bit for my body to get back to normal and i did gain a little bit more but eventually my body evened itself out, so to speak. 800 cals is way too little to be surviving on!

some birth control pills can make you gain weight as some of them might affect the metabolism and your general appetite for some people. i  know gaining weight is scary but eating 800 Cal's is something you cannot do forever. and the comment from fidget was really unnecessary if you don't have something productive or supportive to say then don't say anything at all.

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