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5/25/12 3:58 P

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5/19/12 4:23 P

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Hi and welcome to the DwD team. We are here with support and encouragement so always feel free to share what is on your mind.

Lynne has very well covered the issues for you if you eat below reccommended calories. Ironically you can lose, if that's appropriate, on the recommended calories. I have always been told that I shouldn't eat below 1200 calories for all the reasons Lynne and the link have explained.

Bingeing? Get the temptations out of the house. Kind of an out of sight, out of mind theory. Secondly, take a look at the Spark People menus to see examples of healthy meals. Typically, a meal should consist of 1/4 protein (meats, legumes), 1/4 carbohydrates and half fruits and veggies. If you use that as a rule of thumb you'll be targeting a healthy eating pattern. If you are hungry between meals, consider a snack. Many people have 5 or 6 mini meals a day. Use fruits and veggies to fill you up.

I am concerned that you have an unrealistic body image. What is your BMI? What goal weight have you chosen? It may be that you are at a perfect weight. The brain requires and functions solely on carbohydrates. Don't lose sight of that as you try to lose. Have you seen a professional regarding your 'eating disorder'? (Bingeing is frequently a sign of some deeper issue. I suggest you see your dr about the fatigue. Although it may be related to your eating pattern, it also could be a medical issue that deserves attention. While you are there mention your feelings about your weight and body image.

It really sounds like you could do with a referral to a qualified psychologist. She/he would be able to work with you to identify the 'real' issues at hand and work out some therapeutic measures to put you in a better frame of mind. Taking care of your body will truly render you a happier and more satisfied individual.

Come back soon and post often. It has been proven that people who interact frequently and honestly with their online support they are more successful at reaching their goals.


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5/18/12 7:27 P

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5/18/12 3:19 P

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Welcome to our team!

You have come to the right place to find support on your fitness journey. You are NOT DIETING---you are BECOMING MORE FIT. With a height of 5'4" and weight of 126# you are definitely in the healthy weight range with a Body Mass Index of 21.7.

I'm thinking that why you perceive that you are "huge" is that you may be experiencing body dysmorphic disorder. You lived for some time at a weight of 95 pounds and came to see that as your desirable weight (BMI of 16.3=underweight). It may take some time for your perception of the new healthy you to catch up with the reality. As you continue to eat healthy foods, you should discover that you have less of an urge to binge.

You tell us that you "feel tired all the time" and you're "starving." With your low calorie intake, you probably are not obtaining the correct combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein) which you need to maintain adequate energy levels for your daily activity. You may suffer psychological and physical problems, including obsession with food and eating, stress-related hormonal imbalances, sleep and mood disturbances, difficulties with concentration and attention, and fatigue. You will tend to compromise your immune system, making it more likely that you’ll become ill and be more vulnerable to inflammation processes in your body.

Here's the link to a Spark article which walks you through the process of calculating the calories you need to stay healthy:

Stay in touch, okay? I'm glad you've joined us!


Edited by: TREATL at: 5/25/2012 (18:51)
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5/18/12 2:41 P

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Hi, I'm new to here and really hoing that I can make a permanent change. In college, I suffered from an eating disorder and dropped to 95lbs. Now, 3 years later, I am 5'4" and 126lbs. I realize that this is technically a healthy weight, but I feel huge. To make matters worse, I got to this weight through binge eating, not progressively eating more. I have gone through countless cycles of neurotically eating healthy and exercising and binge eating everything I can for weeks on end.

I want to break the cycle, but one week in I am eating just under 1200 calories a day, I'm working out but feel tired all the time, and I'm starving (or I think I am, I associate stress with hunger after so much binging). I also freak out when I have to go out in a setting with food (like girls night tonight or a friend's bbq tomorrow). It's causing me so much stress!

Any advise / support is welcome!

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