Recovering from Anorexia. How Can I Gain Weight Quickly?
Topic: Recovering from Anorexia. How Can I Gain Weight Quickly?
November 23, 2019 / By Treasure Question:
It started with me going on a diet last May. I'm female, 21, started about 58 kgs (121 pounds?), and I took it too far. I'm 40 kgs (88 pounds) now. The anorexic behavior got me somewhere in the endings of July and all through August and September. Yesterday I binged badly and was in great pain. It snapped me awake. I found that I have loose skin all over, and my belly button is purtuding in loose skin (does anyone know what that is? I'm afraid to ask anyone). Anyway, I don't want this ana-****, and so I'm highly motivated. Today I'm bloated and passing foul gases like crazy from eating the following:
A big bowl of soup (it was the lunch for today)
some bread and nuts
two big glasses of Coca (full fat milk with real three tbs of sugar—not artificial sweetner)
two and a half small cakes from the bakery
Three slices of cheddar cheese
if I could eat more I would've. I need five kgs (about 10 pounds?) to reach the minimum weight in my normal weight range. I can't talk to anyone, I'm from the Middle East and I live here, and stuff like disordered eating isn't really understood or known around here. I need all the help I need. I'm desperate, if I could take it all back I would. I already missed a period, the definition of my lean muscle isn't there, and I know I have to load up on calcium... Any snacks that I could get that would help? Are cereals or chocolate milk juices or snicker bars any good? Does anyone know what the deal is with my belly button? Help, I'm desperate and alone!
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Sal | 7 days ago
I just answered a similar question. Here was my response there, which should fit here too:
First off, you need to see a doctor and/or nutritionist ASAP. If any advice I give is different from them, go with them. They will help you better than Yahoo Answers.
Next, I'm a bodybuilder. I'm very amateur, but I still know how to gain healthy weight.
I'd also recommend doing a Google search on Pauline Nordin. She's a female bodybuilder. She doesn't look like a male, like you see the bigger Mrs. Olympia girls. She looks like a pretty woman with muscle. The reason I mention her is because she used to have an eating disorder as well. Eventually she took her obsession with how she looks and turned it into a positive.
You don't have to be a bodybuilder yourself someday to do the same. But with proper research on how to make your body healthy (which you are beginning to do right now), you too can turn your drive into a positive direction.
To figure out how many calories you need to gain healthy weight, I'd recommend finding out the maintenance level of calories required for your desired end weight. From there, add 500. I'm betting that will be under 3,000 calories for you, and it might even be less than 2,500.
See my source for a calorie calculator. This is not normally used for someone recovering from an eating disorder. That's why when you enter you information into the calculator, I suggest entering your desired weight, not your current weight.
I'm not sure if you can make it to 80 pounds by November. But you can keep going after November. Setting that month as your make it or break it time may be a bad approach. Just focus on a week to week progress until you get to a healthy weight.
Your food sources should probably stick to healthy things. You'll still gain weight if your calories are in a surplus. (Healthier food makes for healthier weight gain.)
Carbs: Oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potato, and just about all vegetables
Protein: Lean meats, eggs (especially egg whites), and protein powders
Fats (in moderation): Almonds (great snack, btw), olive oil, flax seed oil, peanut butter. (Adding more peanut butter is great for adding calories!)
The owner of the site of the calorie calculator I gave you is named Lee Hayward. He is a great person to talk to as well. You can email him, or join his message board (I'm Cylith there) with questions. We at the message board love helping people with diet questions. If you're too shy to see a doctor, at least try to get in touch with Lee Hayward.
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Originally Answered: people who have had anorexia. did you gain weight?
i've never actually had anorexia, but i used to have a borderline anorexic problem with restricting my caloric intake, until it got so crazy i was afraid to eat, and when i eventually got better and started eating normally again, i gained a little bit of weight, but not all of what i lost.
but i did mess up my metabolism.
i dont know if this really helps you, because i've never been anorexic, but i did suffer with anorexic habits.
but, i didnt gain weight when i started to stop eating, i lost a lot of weight when i stopped eating, but since my metabolism couldnt handle food the right way after, i gained a little weight then.
Originally Answered: people who have had anorexia. did you gain weight?
please start eating again. u have no idea how sickly you will look. if you think its hott to be stick-thin and have no meat on your bones, and to STARVE while your organs shut down and you eventually die... it's not. and there are no guys who are going to want you when you stop eating. maybe at first, but as the disease progresses, you'll be stared at - but in a bad way. and if you ever want to reprodcue one day or have babies of your own - good luck. you won't be able to. you're beautiful the way you are. god made you the way you are for a reason. be proud of it. appreciate who you are and what you have, and stop being so concerned about your weight. (even though i know it's so hard to do in today's society)...
I would suggest consulting a Doctor or professional, but I would suggest starting off slowly. Your digestive organs need to wake up and eating too much at first can be harmful, although that is probably not so much a concern unless you've been eating absolutely nothing. In general, for someone trying to gain weight I have seen it recommended to calculate your maintenance calorie requirements and add 15%. (same for losing weight.. subtract 15% in that case). Our bodies don't tend to respond well to more rapid change. I think 2 pounds a week is in the range of healthy, and also it may be water retention due to eating more salt or to your cycle. Again I'm just passing along general info and don't know a lot about anorexia. Congratulations on making a positive change and good luck :)
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As someone else said you'd be better seeking advice from a doctor. Eating 4 eggs in one go or one day won't do you much good. That could explain the bloating and wind. You could try Complan or 'invalid' food that may help your body recover from what is really starvation. The bloated tummy can also be caused by protein deficiency.
Both of the links below suggest building up gradually from sweetened water to milk and gradually introducing solids. Small amount of food often would be the best way to recover and should take about 3 months to recover.
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Originally Answered: Anorexia recovery: how to be okay with weight gain?
You are so brave for working to gain weight. Your body will be so happy, and your quality of life will increase dramatically.
I'm in the process of recovering from anorexia, I'm at a healthy weight for my height, and my body has been functioning alot better than it was when I was sick.
I recommend seeing a nutritionist/dietitition, or a therapist that specializes in eating disorders. They will give you a meal plan/help you gain the right amount of weight. It will also be really nice to have a support system of people who are rooting for you to recover.
Honestly, it's gonna suck. Physically, and mentally its horrible, but I know you can do it. I was the same with resisting to recovery 6 months ago but now I'm doing so much better.
Feel free to message me with any more specific questions/ stuff.
Best of luck, you can do it. <3