Weight Training Questions - I'm Struggling With
Weight Training Question:
I have been struggling with anorexia for a few years but it
has recently gotten worse. In the past few months, I have reduced
my daily calorie intake to only 700 calories a day. I have increased
my cardio workouts to 2 hours a day and I have stopped menstruating.
I am at the point where I don't feel the need to lose any more weight.
I just want to maintain my current weight of around 90 pounds without
I am trying to eat a little more every day, but I gain weight whenever
I eat more than 800 calories, even though I continue to exercise
daily. According to most nutrition experts, I should be able to
maintain my weight on 1200 calories a day. But that does not take
into consideration the fact that my metabolism has slowed considerably
since I have been restricting calories for so long. My metabolism
was slow to begin with, just because of my genetics. How can I increase
my caloric intake to a healthy amount without gaining weight in
the process? If I gain weight, even if it's only a few pounds, will
trigger my anorexic behaviors and encourage me to start restricting
again. Thanks for any help you can give!
Weight Training Answer:
I highly recommend contacting a registered dietitian who specializes
in anorexia and eating disorders. They will be able to give you
the help you need to overcome this terrible disease. I would also
recommend contacting a local psychiatrist who specializes in the
area of eating disorders also. Most of the time, there is a mindset
which really needs to be examined before you can truly get healthy.
In terms of diet, you want to focus on nutrient dense foods which
includes lean protein, whole grain carbs and the right kind of fats.
You need food to fuel your body and increase your metabolism. The
less you eat, the lower your BMR (basal metabolic rate) gets and
your body eventually goes into a serious starvation mode where it
holds onto fat as much as possible. 1,200 calories a day is the
absolute minimum and since you're doing 2 hours of cardio (way too
much), you probably need at least 1500 calories a day. You should
really get monitored by professionals who can help with your current
condition. With the right type of monitoring and positive psychological
therapy, you can overcome this disease and live a healthy life.
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