Hi everyone. I have been trying to lose weight on my own through healthy eating and exercise for the past year and a half. As I am nearing my weight goal I have noticed that I have messed up my body. For three of the months I tried losing weight I was only eating around 1,000 calories plus I was exercising. When I exercise I stretch in the morning for 10 minutes, bike ride or swim for an hour, and lift weights for a half hour. I do this same routine every day.
Well, I ended up going into the hospital one day to see a Dietician because I felt as though I was going to faint. The 1,000-calorie-a-day thing was catching up to me. After I saw the Dietician, she encouraged me to try to consume more calories. Slowly over the past two weeks I have increased my food intake to 1,500 calories and now 1,800 calories. So to sum that story up, I have currently been on 1,800 calories the past week and a half or so.
I am currently taking a Nutrition class in college, and last week the chapter we reviewed was all about eating disorders. First off, it mentioned that people who have been obese most of their lives (such as myself); when they end up losing weight they have both mental and physical issues with trying to maintain it. For example, if they eat less they believe they will lose weight faster, and keep picturing themselves as their previous selves. That has been the same case for me. Also, most of the time I have been getting my calorie intake in for the day, but I end up just eating half a cup of oatmeal for breakfast and then I don't eat again until around 6 or 7pm at night. When I do eat again I end up consuming the rest of my calories for the day all in one sitting. I grew used to it, even though I know it's bad, because I like the feeling of being full right before I go to bed because it helps me sleep better.
What I described above is considered a binging disorder, and I also have acquired some other hints at disorders as well. I'll hide my food from my parents or eat whenever they aren't around sometimes because I tend to count my food down to the ounce and gram. This does sound obsessive, I know. As far as the foods I eat - I mostly stick with lean meats and veggies. I cook almost everything I eat at home and don't eat fast food anymore. And as far as liquids I just drink water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee.
Any advice and help would be appreciated. My goal is to drop down to 110 lbs as well as build some nice lean muscle. First, however, I need to figure out how to plan out my meals throughout the day instead of all at once without having a mental breakdown and worrying.
Edits: I have also noticed that one day I will have a lot of energy and the next day I will feel completely drained. This has been an 'every-other-day' pattern.
Edited by: BLUEHORSE17 at: 11/5/2013 (17:46)
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