I started doing very well with gaining weight, but then I slowed down with my calories and lost a pound. I am now trying to up it to 2800 calories, but I am finding it very hard to do so. What my question is, is does it matter what I eat to get to 2800? Will I honestly put on the weight the same way no matter what I eat? And it really doesn't matter how many carbs, fat or protein I eat? I can gain weight eating completely healthy and high protein, but it will just be a little harder. So, will it make a difference on how I gain depending on what I eat? Please, please, please be truthful. Even if you say it does I just really want to the truth. I will get to 2800 no matter what. I was just wondering if it mattered what I ate, because then it would be a little easier.
Original Post by kalexat:
Well you can probably reach your goal weight by eating less healthy foods, but I think you will feel better once you reach that weight if you put mainly healthy foods in your body. I'm not saying to never have ice cream or chips, but bingeing is just as bad as restricting if you are doing it regularly and could cause you to develop other habits.
kalexat has it.
When I first attempted weight gain, I thought "well, I may as well totally pig out on junk". All it did was make me feel horrid and only made things harder on me. When I saw that eating junk wasn't helping, I decided to eat a very healthy and balanced 3000 calorie diet. A healthy diet was just so much easier for me to cope with.
So basically, eating junk food is OK in recovery because you are malnourished (my weight gain was the same whether I was binging on chips and cake or if I was consuming a normal, nutritious diet) but it will make the transition much easier if you "compromise" with your ED and eat healthy.
Of course you want to be getting a balanced diet no matter what your goal is, making sure you are eating fats, protein, as well as carbohydrates. However in recovery it is vital that you don't rely on 100% "healthy" foods. You should very well introduce new foods, and anything you crave into your diet. The goal is to make eating flexible and to not get anxious when confronted with different situations. Important thing is to not deprive yourself of what your body wants, if you want a piece of cake or some other kind of treat daily, go ahead and do this! Make sure you do it actually.
Thank you for the answers everybody. You all really did make me feel a lot better.
I generally do eat quite a healthy diet. My parents think I am getting to much protein though. My average amount of macronutrients is about 55% protein, 15% fat and 30% carbs (sometimes 20%fat and 25% carbs).
I have never been a big "junk food" eater. I actually normally have always enjoyed the healthier choices more.
Does anybody have any good healthy snack ideas though? I have been kind of running out of snack ideas and I am getting bored of the same snacks EVERY day.
I have been trying to not bother myself about eating junk food here and there. Like I have been trying to allow myself to get frappuccinos here and there. It is just that all that sugar scares me.
I have always had this fear that if I ate to many carbs, sugar or fat that it will make me put the weight on differently. They are a lot easier to eat, but I told my parents I would rather work harder but put the weight on right.
So according to you guys, it doesn't matter how many carbs, protein, fat or sugar I get a day, it will all go on the same? Like I said, I actually enjoy eating the healthy foods. It's just I don't know how healthy it is to eat so many carbs while gaining.