I just wanted to say that recovery from an eating disorder can be done. I had bulimia for ten years but I have overcome it with the help of therapists and a dietitian. That's the best route to take for success.
My fear was that people would leap in and offer you all kinds of well-meaning but misguided advice that wouldn't be right in your situation. It sounds like you're on the right track, because you know 103 is too thin and you've stopped taking laxatives, but one-on-one professional advice would be better than anything I could offer.
You did not offend anyone!!! With eating disorders, every treatment plan is very individualized to meeting the needs of each client. While someone here may have a similar experience; it doesn't mean the treatment plan is the same---this should come "only" from your doctor, therapist, dietitian.
All our best!! Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
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2/13/14 4:19 P
TRACILEACH37 - It's not that we don't want to help, it's just that we respect the scope of the challenge you're facing and don't want to offer "advice" that might do more harm than good. What we can offer is encouragement. You deserve to be heatlhy and happy, and someone trained in helping with eating disorders is the right person to help you get there. God bless.
This site, our experts, and our members really can not provide you with the plan you need. Ask your doctor or therapist for a referral to see a Registered Dietitian. Often treating an eating disorder is a combined approach between the therapist and dietitian and client. Does your therapist team with a dietitian---I think this is the direction you need.
You should also be discussing "exercise" with your therapist as well. This also needs to be factored into your recovery program.
Your needs are different and that is why you need to reach out to the specialists who can help the most.
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
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2/13/14 2:17 P
To lose weight you have to eat less than your total daily energy expenditure (the total amount of calories you burn in a 24 hour period. That is BMR + activity calories + exercise calories) so to gain weight you have to eat more than your TDEE. +250 to 500 cals per day will give you a 1/2-1 lb per week gain.
Consult with your doctor or preferably a nutritionist to set up a plan that is healthy for you because more than likely you're not going to be able to go straight from eating a very low calorie intake to one where you would gain weight, overnight.
Keep cardio to a minimal. 3x a week for 30 mins for the health benefits and add strength training to build back some of the muscle loss caused by your disorder.
Remember we are not qualified experts here. You should be under the care and advise of trained professionals. Take any advice here with a grain of salt.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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2/13/14 1:29 P
I have struggled with an eating disorder for over ten years. I was using laxatives and starving myself. I am 5'8 and weigh 103 pounds. I finally starting seeing s therapist this year. I was immediately told me to stop the laxatives, as they are dangerous. Of course when I did, I started to gain weight. So, I started to starve myself. In few weeks I have been very depressed. My Dr put me on Zoloft. I know I need to gain weight, and I can see in the mirror I am so thin. I just have that nagging need to not eat. I think just putting on a little weight would help, my clothes don't fit. But I don't know how. Do I still walk on treadmill? Can anyone offer some suggestions? I use this site to measure my calories. Thank you for your help
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