Life without Anorexia

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'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Weight gain is different for everyone

I think an important reminder in recovery is that weight gain wont always be the same from week to week. But also weight gain isnt the same for everyone. Some people gain fast, some people gain slow, some people gain weight with a MAX of 2500kcal others gain weight having to eat 3500kcal. It is different for everyone and even if the MM method is recommended it doesnt work for everyone.

It is recommended to keep increasing calories throughout the weight gain process, doesnt matter if you need to gain 20kg or 2kg, trying to increase calories will help your body and your metabolism and there is no "too much" calories. However if you notice that you gain say 2kg per week for 4 weeks in a row and the weight gain doesnt seem to slow down, then you know that you might have to decrease your calories to maintain weight anyway. As the recommended weight gain per week should be around 0,5-1kg per week (but DONT panic if you gain like 1,5kg in a week some weeks... it will most likely be due to water, hormones or salt or all 3!). And not to mention that in the beginning stages or weight gain you can gain around 3-5kg just the first week and then 1-3kg the second and third week just due to the shock your body is going through as well as a slow metabolism so the food doesnt digest so well and also maybe constipation. But also drinking more water which will lead to "more weight gain i.e its just water".

Dont eat very little during weight gain as that wont help your body to recover as your body should adapt to the calories, so if you can increase i mean you need to gain weight anyway so increasing will just help that.

Dont panic about the scale or if the scale shows a "too high" number. The scale just shows a number, your whole weight and that number does  NOT define you. Just like your height, shoe size or age doesnt define you. Dont let the number on the scale affect you or control you, you are more than that.

But also dont be too controlling over weight gain... i mean just because you gain 600g one week instead of 500g doesnt mean that you need to decrease calories. Your body is always changing and remember weight fluctuates throughout the day... and dont weigh yourself everyday either or when you are very bloated. I mean i can weigh 3kg more than my normal weight just due to bloating and stress and that is not 3kg of actual weight gain its bloating and food and water in my belly. And also i can weigh around 2kg more in the evening than in the morning.... and that is NORMAL!!

Weight gain isnt linear, just like recovery isnt linear. Focus on changing your thoughts and facing fears instead of just staring blindly at the scale and wanting to hide away just because you have gain weight. Dont try to control your weight gain and even if some people can eat 3000kcal after weight gain/recovery doesnt mean that it is that way for everyone, unfortunatly. But the best thing you can do is successivly increase calories and hope your body adpats!!

And also know that even when you maintain weight you can eat all types of food. You just eat in different amounts i.e when you are maintaining weight you might not eat a morning snack but otherwise all your meals are the same as when you were trying to gain weight. Focus on facing fear foods and fighting your eating disorder and not so much what the number on the scale says.


Below are some helpful posts:

Coping with weight gain
Slow or fast weight gain during recovery
Weight gain while your partner tries to lose weight
The fear of weight gain
Disproportionate weight gain in recovery and bloating
My weight gain/distribution
Fear of continued weight gain after recovery
Fear of rapid weight gain
Weight distribution and how to gain weight


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