I recently posted to answer questions from someone I would rather not name. I don't think she would get upset, but I am not comfortable naming anyone.
She is an Under-Eater and wanted to know why should she have to eat if not hungry and went on to say, "But I'm never hungry as it is! I don't want to feed myself when I'm not hungry. Yesterday I hit 1,000 calories and I actually felt ill. And I couldn't stand the sight of myself. I don't feel stomach discomfort at lower calories, and I don't feel hungry either. Ick. I know I'm supposed to get that high, but it makes me feel sick. Physically and mentally sick."
This is a very real problem but one that I cannot really relate to since I am a Compulsive Overeater. Yes, I don't feel like I am now but at Overeaters Anonymous we were told that just like an Alcoholic we must consider ourselves to be permanently as Compulsive Overeaters. And it is worse for us because while you can live without alcohol and drugs, you cannot survive without foods.
I wanted to publish my answer left on the message board because maybe it will help someone else. As I say, this is a very real problem, and one I am seeing pop up all too often now.
I have heard of that. There is a team here called Under-Eaters. Perhaps you should look into joining them.
I am not a doctor and cannot differentiate between a mental block or physical problems. If you get sick eating more, you need to speak with people that know what you are going through.
Ok, I found 3 teams for you to look into joining - they will understand what you are dealing with and can offer better support. Your problem is very real and you deserve the best help that I can find.
The one thing that will not change is you will not lose weight if you don't eat enough calories. Not my idea, just factual statistics. Good luck to you. I am here if you need me.
Help for Undereaters Spark Team
Recovering Eating Disorders Spark Team
Eating Disorders Anonymous
P.S. My sister says the same thing you said, "why should she eat if she isn't hungry?" Well, she has been struggling with the same 2 lbs for an entire year and can't seem to go below 139-40.
In the past year I have dropped 85 lbs by eating what my calorie range calls for; more when I need to compensate for my calories burned. I really do average 1900-2100 daily and am losing yet again.
I guess I don't worry about it because I no longer believe in ever allowing myself to get hungry. I eat regular meals during the day and I no longer get hungry ever. I like that.
I wish you only the best!
**edit 6/15: today a thought entered my mind and I wanted to post it. I really don't allow myself to get hungry if I can avoid it. I was just talking with DH when I said, "I don't allow my car to run out of gas before I refill the tank."
Wow, that is an "AHA" moment! I am worth a lot more than my car.
Have a great day everyone!