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Carbohydrates? Control? HELP ME IM DESPERATE!!!...


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Ok so I ate really healthy today... but a lot of fruit and with my dinner i will have had like 217 carbs (from fruit and veggies) I really want to lose weight and I keep like snacking on fruit and its a bad habit. D: I mean I will be within 1500-1600 cals but so many carbs!

 

14, 5'7", 150 pounds, active

Edited May 04 2012 01:24 by coach_k
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errrr...given your age, height, weight (low?!?!), and activity level sounds to me like your body is tell you it's hungry! you might want to try eating more good fats and proteins in addition to your carbs to maintain a health macro nutrient ratio so you're not craving as many snacks throughout the day.

I usually ea around 100 carbs a day! The rest lots of healthy proteins and fats. But I was craving fruit so bad and caved. My weight is not low it is on the high end/borderline overweight. Now I know I have tons of muscle due to how much I workout, so I know I am not overweight. but last summer I was very slim and I really want to get back to at least 125 pounds.  For some reason I keep gaining on 1500-1800 cals? Pure healthy food, check mah logs if you want.

 

 

If I told you guys I was 20 would you take me more seriously? xD

I'm not here to judge you, and so will not check up on you by going through your logs, you are becoming an adult and thus are becoming responsible for your own actions.

With that said, becoming an adult as a young woman also means changes to the way your body looks. I think it's great that you are staying fit and active and eating mostly health foods - keep that up! But you shouldn't expect to look the same as a young woman as you did as a little kid. Meaning, by the time you finish high school you may have hips and a bust, and overall a slightly different form than you did at 13.

Staying active, eating well and being healthy sounds like a great plan! I wish I was smart enough when I was younger to appreciate the importance of those great things. 

I dont want you to judge me I want advice on how to lose! :P

 

I had an ed, so my metabolism and period are gone. D:

More opinions and advice please?

Original Post by zombers:

I usually ea around 100 carbs a day! The rest lots of healthy proteins and fats. But I was craving fruit so bad and caved. My weight is not low it is on the high end/borderline overweight. Now I know I have tons of muscle due to how much I workout, so I know I am not overweight. but last summer I was very slim and I really want to get back to at least 125 pounds.  For some reason I keep gaining on 1500-1800 cals? Pure healthy food, check mah logs if you want.

 

 

If I told you guys I was 20 would you take me more seriously? xD

If you were 20 you wouldn't be under eating (1500-1600 is a female adult calorie intake) teens should be eating no less than 1800 (no activity) and should be eating more like 2000+ (with activity) even for weight loss.

If you are gaining by eating 1500-1800 is a big red flag as in you may have damaged your metabolism or you are damaging your metabolism hence gain on under eating amounts of calories.

14 year old's are still growing and trying to lose that much weight while in a health BMI range of a growing teen can be very bad/unhealthy especially when under eating.

Have you fully recovered from your ED as in eating the recommended cal intake for ED recovery and seen a doctor about it? If not, you still have an ED and you really need to seek help.

Original Post by zombers:

I dont want you to judge me I want advice on how to lose! :P

 

I had an ed, so my metabolism and period are gone. D:

If you want either of them back you have to eat more.  I'm pretty sure you know that, I could go find the posts where you've been told that in the past (to eat more).

Wouldn't matter if you were 50 -- a 'former' anorexic who is under-eating and freaking out about a macro-nutrient, is not completely recovered.

I was told to eat more when I was ... 112 pounds. This is a lil different guys I am overweight. I was never anorexic and just because I want to lose weight and am sick of gaining while ating healthy and working out does not mean I have an ed and that pisses me off no one will help me because of my past. Lets be honest, if you did not know my past you would happily help me. :/

So just because I HAD an ed means I can't worry about eating the right balance and eating healthy? Damn yo. :/

Oh and I tried the whole eat more thing. I ate like 2500 + cals EVERYDAY and ate what I wanted. That's why I gained so much weight. I was never underweight. I nevervhad ana, ednos is way different. Then I lowered cals to 1500-2000 but ate unbalanced and a lot of cereal and pb. But now I am eating much healthier but no results.

You don't seem to understand that 200+g of carbs is NOT a bad thing.  Even less so because you are not filling up with breads and sweets.  You are also less likely to 'binge' out on carbs (of any form) when a reasonable amount are in your regular diet.

This is not no one being willing to help -- this is a reaction to an over-reaction.  You are a very active teen -- 1800 is probably not enough.  and i would say the lack of a period would suggest that you have a lower body fat (if not, then you need medical assistance) than your weight would suggest.  I believe that is probable, give your activity choices.

If your metabolism is compromised, then you have to eat more -- otherwise your metabolism will never repair.

You, in all likelihood, will never be under 125 again -- and to get there would require unhealthy eating and exercise.  I'm not saying throw in the towel, but learn to be happy where you are -- stress hinders weight loss -- and you are more likely to drop a few.

Well with all the low carb stuff floating around I just dont know what to believe haha. I dont think I binged?

 

No I do not have low bf and no my perception is not skewed. Just trust me on this I am no ED anymore. I will probably need bc pills soon because no matter what it is not coming back.

 

If I dont have a muffin top and can where things besides big shirts than idc how much I weigh!! Haha. I just really have a bad muffin and wear large pants (3-8)

Sorry if I seemed snappy I just really wanted people to understand.

But is 200 carbs ok for weight loss? Haha ok sorry! I just know so much info but don't know what to believe.

Original Post by zombers:

I was told to eat more when I was ... 112 pounds. This is a lil different guys I am overweight. I was never anorexic and just because I want to lose weight and am sick of gaining while ating healthy and working out does not mean I have an ed and that pisses me off no one will help me because of my past. Lets be honest, if you did not know my past you would happily help me. :/

So just because I HAD an ed means I can't worry about eating the right balance and eating healthy? Damn yo. :/

150lbs at 5'7" is though the higher end of BMI still within a healthy range (in my teens, I had a friend with basically those stats and she had 6 pack as a gymnast, not overweight). EDs are not just for anorexic people, bingers can be underweight and overweight, back and forth and it is an ED. 

If you truly are over your ED you should be losing weight by mostly exercise and eating a 2000+ cal intake (try this site http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/healthyeatingcalculat or/eatingCal.html) If you don't eat 1800+ overweight/obese/normal/or underweight and on top of that are very active, yes, you still have an ED (an EDs aren't just anorexia and bulimia).

If this is your recovery weight you gained and you are ready to lose it if you are still gaining on 1500-1600 cals you are not fully recovered. Also this has nothing against you or your past and is not an attack (I'd say the same thing and I have said the same thing to any under eating teen (if they are eating under 1800), I let them know on the minimum intake for them and/or give the site link above), if you are eating at both extremes (over and under eating) you won't go anywhere healthily. Try the calculator and just know 1800 is minimum intake, if you still think that it is/we are all  wrong talk to your doctor, maybe it is another health issue.

Well EDs are mostly mental so I dont think my bad metabolism has anything to do with being recovered or not.

 

That calculator is very high. How do we know it's accuracy? And why is 1800 the minimum? Who made up that number?  Maybe 1800 the minimum to maintain sounds reasonable... Im just a bit skeptical

EDs might be mostly mental but that doesn't mean it didn't affect you physically. Speaking for myself, I come from the other end of the spectrum. I'm PHYSICALLY fat because of the MENTAL impact of emotional eating.

as for the calculator's accuracy....first: I think it's good to be a little skeptical before accepting random sources of information - in fact I've turned being skeptical about the accuracy of health research into my career (yup, it's true! I can PM you details if you're curious). But with that said how do you know it's not accurate? or more appropriately, why do you think you are smarter than a tool validated by hundreds if not thousands of users (including THIS one *points two thumbs towards self* lol)

These calculators are created through statistics. You're right to say that they do not work for everyone but you are incorrect in thinking you are special. Sorry, you're not. Loss of menstruation is one sign of dangerously low body fat.

I want details!

 I know I'm not special haha.

I wish I could post pictures to prove this to you if my body fat was low I would have abs and not jiggle and have a muffin top.

Also I am skeptical of the calculators because 1. they all say something different and 2. who the hell made up the numbers ya know?

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I think the reason why your period has not returned is because of your insanely high activity level. It's good to be fit and active, but overtraining can supress your metabolism, slow down muscle growth, and for many women, loss of period(even with a higher bodyfat %, this is possible)

A sedentary teenage girl needs at least 2000 calories to maintain. An active one needs even more. I'm the same age and height as you, 132 lbs, I have a MUCH lower activity level, I am also recovered from an ED, and I maintain on roughly 2500 cals. Most calculators tend to underestimate the caloric needs for teenagers.

When it comes to your diet, you shouldn't be so scared of carbs. Don't listen to those stupid Atkins diet trends. You're an active teen, so you need more carbs than you ever will for the rest of your life! Low-carb diets are for older people who sit around all day! Carbs give you energy! I had been going relatively low carb for over a year now, and just a few weeks ago I decided to up my grain and starchy veggie intake. I have SO MUCH more energy now! It's unbelievable!

But overall you seem to be eating the right kinds of foods, and even if you haven't won the genetic jackpot, your metabolism can't naturally be that slow. The only reason I can possibly think of why you haven't gotten your period back and that you're gaining weight so easily is that you're overtraining.

I can't tell you exactly what's wrong, but my advice is to keep eating the right foods, don't deprive yourself and give your body fuel, and maybe go a little easier on the workouts. You're maturing, therefore you're probably never going to reach a low weight again, but I think losing 10-15 lbs might benefit your self-esteem, as it's right in the middle of the healthy weight range.

 Reading your posts, I can tell that you're trying to do the right thing, and you're just frustrated that it doesn't seem to be working and that everyone is judging you because of your ED history(I'm always afraid that people will be the same way to me.) But girl, stay strong and don't give up! I give you my best wishes :)

But I only workout like 1-2 hours. The thing is tho, first I lost weight with this amount, why not now? Could my period be affecting my weight loss?

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