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Weight Loss After Recovery from Eating Disorder


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Anyone else out there who is trying to lose weight after gaining more than they're happy with while recovering from eat eating disorder?  I gained above BMI 25 (about 27) which I am NOT happy with at all.....I feel awful about my body and myself right now....is it safe to try and lose?  

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I know how you're feeling. I never had anorexia or bulimia but I did have an obsession with eating and what exactly I was putting into my body, which I'm getting over. I landed myself at a BMI above 25 after finally allowing myself to eat normally again as well and it's really hard to be here when just 8 months ago I was 5 pounds from my goal weight but had to stop counting calories in order to stop obsessing over what I ate. Here I am, much better than before, trying to get back to my goal weight once more. I think as long as you make sure to eat your allotted calories for the day full of wholesome, good foods, with a treat here and there, you should be okay.

I'm not sure what kind of disorder you recovered from, but if you start exhibiting any of those behaviors, immediately stop yourself and maybe get help from a specialist. Some days are harder than others, when I just feel like I cannot possibly eat at a restaurant because I don't know the exact calorie count or ingredients, but I stop myself and remember the hell I went through and how I felt before.

Thank you, I appreciate the response!  I was sort of like you, never really considered myself "anorexic" but I lost a ton of weight, fast.  I was obsessed with not eating more than my daily allowance (even once I had gotten down to about 115lbs at 5'5 1/2".....I wouldn't let myself skip a day of exercise etc.....I started trying to eat normally again but was always SO HUNGRY, I think bc I had been depriving myself for so long.  Anyhow, I just tried to respond to my hunger and packed it on, fast.  Did you eventually stop gaining after you went back to eating normally?  I'm so afraid of that...I'm afraid even if I try to lose weight (healthily) it won't come off?

That's exactly how I was! I eventually capped off at a certain weight and pretty much no matter how much I eat I don't go over that weight. Which is sort of depressing since for most of my life that weight was ten pounds lighter haha. As long as you don't over restrict and allow yourself some wiggle room, you'll lose the weight. It might not come off as fast as you would like, but doing it the healthy way is so much better and it is more likely to stay off!

Wow it's so great to hear from someone who is/was going through the same thing I am!  Thanks for the encouragement!! Good luck with your weight loss goals :)

well, a few things come to mind for your situation...i'd recommend thinking about your ultimate goal so that you don't go over board and spiral into an ED again. Up to 152 pounds for your height is still healthy. A BMI of 22 is considered "ideal" and that's at a weight of 134 pounds. So, you have about 30 pounds to lose to get there, you're only about 165 so i'd recommend losing no more than 1.65 pounds each week (1% of your body weight). that's a deficit of 825 calories. 

You burn 2387 moderately active, 30-45 minutes exercise at moderate intensity 3-5x a week. So 2387-825 = 1562 calories daily. 

I'd not eat less than 1500 if i were you, that will account for errors in your calculations and allow you to lose at a safe rate. since you were somewhat addicted to exercise, from what you wrote, i'd keep the workouts to 30-45 minutes and make sure you have 1-2 days off. 

I hope this helps! :) 

Thank you :)  I really hope that I am able to see results from healthily trying to lose weight.  I'm worried my body won't let me lose the extra weight......

Thanks, and good luck to you too! And thanks chrissy for the info it's always so confusing :)

hi-

i do not think you need to necessaraly lose 30 pounds, you dont NEED to be a certain bmi.  do you like youre eating and or workout style?  is there something that youd like to change about it, something tht youd feel happy about, maybe focus on what life changes youd like to see in those areas and see how that changes things?

I had anorexia for 6 years and it has actually been 6 years since I stopped starving myself and started eating.  I put on A LOT of weight-some of which I want to take off.  I am 5'3" and my lowest weight I hit was 86 pounds.  I was almost admitted to a hospital, but I wasn't.  It has taken my 6 years to feel comfortable enough to start losing weight healthfully.  

I think it really depends on you as a person.  If you feel yourself getting anxious about weighing in and letting the scale rule your life, then no, I don't think you're ready to start losing weight.  The other day I weighed myself in and I was 2 pounds lighter than I was the previous morning.  Did I celebrate?  was I happy?  No.  I laughed.  I thought it was funny.  The next day I gained weight and I was actually surprised  I didn't gain ALL 2 pounds back.  But, once you start to feel like you are laid back about your approach to weight loss, then I think you might be ready.  

If you had a serious ED (I read that you said it wasn't TOO serious, but I guess I am just saying it for anyone else who reads this), then you should talk to a doctor (probably a psychologist ) and see what they say.

agruskin-

I try to eat mostly healthy, but I am way out of shape because of the weight gain.  I used to be able to run a mile in 6 min at my LW, and now I struggle to run one in 7.5 min.  I know putting on weight makes it harder to run fast....plain and simple....I would like eat less, it's just that my hunger was very accelerated during the past 6 months.  I assumed that my body just needed the calories for repair and wouldn't let me gain more weight than I needed to, but apparently not... I would like to eat the diet of a normal person trying to maintain, eventually, once I can lose a bit of weight.

 

B stars-Did you ever gain over the healthy BMI range?  Have you been able to lose any weight since gaining?  I'm just curious.. thank you :) 

Sun-hi, i imagine that this is very difficult, i empathize with you, but i do not think activiely trying to lose weight is the anwer for u rt now.  do you LIKE running?  really ask yourself that honestly, is their anything else you like to do?  maybe think up a 2000 or so calorie meal plan and add that to some sort of activity, do that a couple weeks, and see how it goes?

Hey sungirl,

I'm in a very similar position right now -- 5 years ago I developed anorexia, now I am recovered but trying to lose weight as I am now overweight (although I am muscular). It's hard -- the most difficult part of it is finding the balance between being able to lose weight without spiraling back into ED business, which is so easy to do even without being aware of it. Just today I caught myself relapsing! I'm glad I did, too, because I never, ever want to relapse.

For me, it's much more a psychological battle than it is a physical one.

Intuitive/mindful eating seemed to help me overcome food fears, be much more comfortable with myself, etc. however I didn't lose any significant weight doing that -- although I do believe it was, in the long run, a critical part of my recovery (I am relatively new to being recovered, by the way.)

Now I am struggling to find a middle between intuitive eating and calorie-counting.

I would be happy to help you in any way I can, even if it's just for support. You know what would be nice, is if we could start a group for this, unless one already exists...

Original Post by sungirl111:

agruskin-

I try to eat mostly healthy, but I am way out of shape because of the weight gain.  I used to be able to run a mile in 6 min at my LW, and now I struggle to run one in 7.5 min.  I know putting on weight makes it harder to run fast....plain and simple....I would like eat less, it's just that my hunger was very accelerated during the past 6 months.  I assumed that my body just needed the calories for repair and wouldn't let me gain more weight than I needed to, but apparently not... I would like to eat the diet of a normal person trying to maintain, eventually, once I can lose a bit of weight.

 

B stars-Did you ever gain over the healthy BMI range?  Have you been able to lose any weight since gaining?  I'm just curious.. thank you :) 

Yes to both of your questions.  Right now I am about 168 pounds and I am 5'3".  However, at the beginning of this year I was 178 pounds.  I just now started feeling comfortable losing weight.  I make sure I don't take anything too seriously.

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