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Gaining 11 pounds in 2 weeks. Possible or dangerous?


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I will spare you all the details of my eating disorder past, but..

I'm 5' 4", 84 pounds, and need to be 95 pounds to do a sport I love...which starts in 2 weeks

I know it's not a healthy weight for me, but it's a starting point

My question is, what's your guys opinion? Is gaining 11 pounds in 2 weeks (roughly 5,000 cals a day, with my metabolism) doable? Or am I setting myself up for heart problems?

Thanks guys! :)

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Not even just a weight issue at this point dear, your body is so undernourished that even if you do gain the 11 lbs your body isn't going to be well enough/recovered enough to handle the strain of exercise safely.

Yeah, I know, but I plan on still gaining weight through the exercise.

95 is the number my PCP came up with for me, so I'm going to go by her number.

However, she didn't give a me calorie plan to get there. I'm worried about refeeding syndrome and/or causing even more damage to my heart.

I know if I'm having trouble with the sport, I'll quit. But I'll at least give it a try, you know?

No, you're missing my point. I'm saying that even if you restore the weight, 2 weeks is not enough time to give your organs and body systems to recover. Your calorie restriction has done damage to your organs and body systems, and even if it isn't permanent damage that you can "feel", you need to allow more rest time for your body to recover.

I know that it sucks - I have played soccer for 17 years and when I had to go on leave, it was so incredibly difficult for me. I used to attend our games to watch/cheer with a tube in my nose because I missed my team mates and the game so much. My parents also forced me to miss a tournament, even though I had almost reached a healthy weight (BMI was around 19.5), because my doctor was worried about how my body was internally.

The number on the scale isn't everything, and you need to take into account the stress that your body is already under from the malnutrition, the stress of weight gain, and the additional stress that exercise will put on your body. Don't do it.

Hmmm. This brings back some memories.

I was 5'4, approx. 83 pounds when I was put into inpatient treatment for 3 weeks. At that weight, I was dizzy even sitting down. Realistically, I don't see how even being 95 pounds AND ACTIVE is going to be much better for your health, and your well being in general.

What sport is this? Because if a coach/your parents are letting you return to this sport at 95 pounds, then something is wrong there too.

From personal experience, I'd suggest taking the season (or whatever) off this sport, gaining to a healthy weight, maintaining that for awhile, and THEN consider starting back up with a sport.

Original Post by katiewasnthere13:

Yeah, I know, but I plan on still gaining weight through the exercise.

95 is the number my PCP came up with for me, so I'm going to go by her number.

However, she didn't give a me calorie plan to get there. I'm worried about refeeding syndrome and/or causing even more damage to my heart.

I know if I'm having trouble with the sport, I'll quit. But I'll at least give it a try, you know?

Trying, passing out, ending up in the hospital...

do you really wanna risk it?

Before I say anything I think being monitored by a gp in refeeding is important.

I think doing a sport when you are in this state regardless if you gained X weight you should not. Your body will still be weak and that weight goal at your height is unhealthy

There is plenty of time in the future to play a game you love. Your physical health is number 1.

First off, to answer your question of possible or dangerous, I'd say 'both'. Like evryone has said, you would still have a weak, sick body, but with 11 more lbs of water adn a little extra weight floating around, which, if put on THAT fast, might even make exercising MORE dangerous, but putting pressure on your heart. At 84 lbs, 11 lbs represents an increase of your whole body size by 13%!!

Aside from this though, did the person who said 95 lbs by 2 weeks time know what you weigh at the moment? Or did they give you this goal a long time ago and you are trying to reach it at the last minute? The reason i ask is that for a professional person to tell you to gain 11 lbs in 14 days to take part in a sport seems a little irresponsible to me. Also, going from a BMI of 14.4 (84lbs) to BMI 16.3 (95lbs) is still much less than most doctors would recommend for resuming sports.

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but could you perhaps delay returning to this sport for a season, to spend time recovering safely, and properly, then you would be going back to it fit, well, and more likely to be good at it too!

I know this is not what you want to hear..but it seems we all want you alive and healthy..((((((((HUGS)))))))...So sorry but your sport will be there when you are healthy.I also feel 11 pounds in 2 weeks in dangerous..I wish you all the best from my heart. Read my profile and if you need a friend..just click on..I'm availableCool

Thanks everyone for your input!

It means a lot to me that you're all so worried about my health, even though we've never met!

The sport is marching band, lol. So I'm not too worried. I've had at least 5 blood tests, and ultra sound, and multiple x-rays. I've done marching band during the depths of my restriction, and never had any serious consequences.

It wasn't last minute, unfortunately. That wouldn't be unlike me though, a major procrastinator :D 

11 pounds in 2 weeks would be the extreme, as if I was going to jump into band camp. I'll most likely jump in mid-September now, which'll lighten the weight gain load by a little bit.

Again, thank you everyone!

First I must say, the Women I have met on this site are truly my best friends and have helped me save my life , and supported me through all the ups and downs  throughout the years,,They are so precious..

Second , I think you are making a good decison..Best of luck, my friend

Stay healthy and keep in touch if need be..You are never alone here..Truly!Cool

I was wondering if you could answer a few questions I lost weight from 124 to about 97. I am 16 and 5 7'. Now i want to gain weight back and i have been eating 3000-5000 calories a day. I want to know if this is safe and okay. I have been eating a ton of junk food but also healthy foods. Tons and tons of cereal though like 5 bowls every morning and 5 bowls at night. I crave sugar and junk constantly. I have been eating like 500 to 600 grams of carbs a day and tons of fat but i want to know at this point is it okay? Isnt it more important i gain some weight and get the calories i need? I have already gained weight i think because i weigh 105 now in the morning and have been eating like this for about 5 days now. Yesterday i had the most ridicilious binge though is this normal? I had already eaten a ton before earlier but i ended up having 20 pieces of sushi then a cup or more of icecream then 60 chips then i had about 5-6 bowls of coco crispies and milk. Thanks!  P.S I feel tons and tons better than i did a couple weeks ago, very energetic and happy. My muscles also feel stronger and better i feel like i can go on a run almost but im just mad i cant control binges and craving of sugar and junk constantly. One day for lunch i had 20 nuggets and 3 scoops of edys ice cream

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