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little lea
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Metabolism

Hi guys,

I hear a lot of talk on here about how an eating disorder, or any extreme dieting really, can slow metabolism, and actually cause weight gain once you start eating normally.

My boyfriend is actually a health science major and always tells me about the latest scientific discoveries, and he said he learned in his advanced nutrition class that the whole "messing up your metabolism" is a myth! He said they learned that your metabolism can slow from dieting and having an eating disorder, but it doesn't stay that way. He says that "your metabolism is your metabolism" and will return to it's normal state after about 1 week of normal eating! He said he saw this on CNN health news as well and I saw it on The View last week, but I can't seem to find it online...if I do I'll add a link for sure.

I just thought this info would help make people feel more comfortable about starting to eat normally, without fearing that they have ruined their metabolism and will gain a ton of weight.

I am posting this with the best intentions--for recovery, and am in no way suggesting that because our metabolisms will not be permanently damaged that it is ok to continue with destructive behavior... There are still tons of damage that this can do to our bodies.

Lea

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Hey Lea I've heard that too.

Hey Lea

I've heard that too. Basically I think it is different for everybody. My own personal experience is that when I start "normal" eating after a very restricted diet I tend to get more bloated and retain mre fluid. I feel "fatter" (maybe also because of stress from the food.) This tends to go down after a week or so... I usually only gain a couple of kilos (1 - 2 Lbs). I also notice that the more I eat the more hungry I feel the next day! And I feel like I'm able to get more in: a sign that my metabolism is probably speeding up.

You said:
"I just thought this info would help make people feel more comfortable about starting to eat normally, without fearing that they have ruined their metabolism and will gain a ton of weight"

I want to corfirm that as living proof!! Just make sure you are eating a healthy balanced diet. There is no way you'll gain too much weight and you'll feel soooo much better :)

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our metabolism is

our metabolism is FLEXIBLE.....it conforms to how your body is being treated. If you get all the nourishment you need, then you have your regular metabolisms back to normal. If you don't eat, your body is in starvation mode, and your little mitochondria, which are the premise of your metabolisms in your cells, deplete so less energy is being consumed, because YOUR BODY IS IN STARVATION mode (let this echo in your mind for a moment). And if you eat normal again, your body is like "hey, things are cool in here, I'm getting what I need, so let's crank up the production of mitochondria (creating more mito's) so that we can burn more fuel. And if you start exercising, then your mitochondria INCREASE in number because you have larger muscle cells that require MORE mitochondria and MORE food in order to survive, otherwise you turn puny and muscle-less. There is science ladies, it's not permanent.

Yes, there will be some weight gain, and it also depends on how much you eat. WHen I stopped, I still binge for a few days because my body is like "feed me for christ's sake!" Then I actually dont feel like eating as much, and then I normally and gradually get back to my set point weight.

Your metabolism, which is a whole system of energy in use, reuse, and saving energy effectively becomes shitty when you treat yourself shitty. And when you are nice to yourself, so is your body corresponding the same way. Which leads me to an axiom:
Your body is NOT an object, it IS YOU! Dont bear so much weight on thought and your emotions, they aren't as important as you think they are. We aren't "Walking heads" with bodies to transport us. Thinking that your bodies define us for who we are, and if we look just a certain way (i.e. thin enough) then people will accept us, guys will drool. C'mon what kind of crockery is this?! I know, I've been fooled. But true happiness comes from acceptance of self, not from others, and definitely not from pig-headed men. I mean, I KNOW my bf loves me because he accepts me in any shape or form. He's known about the bulimia since like 8 months ago, and he's always there to support me and give me loving care. Now THAT is what makes life fulfilling, not a size zero jeans.

Little lea, if you want to find this info online, you'll have to read through scientific journals that are long, boring, blah and have to have a background in biology or something. I'm a neuroscience and biology degree holder, I've read much on metabolism. Just take it on faith that me, and other scientists more prolific than I say this is true. I mean, to l believe any more of ourselves is a trick! We need help and guidance form others.

If we continue to b/p long enough, there are far worse consequences we need to think about than gaining a couple of pounds that eventually will be lost again through normal eating.

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thankyou letgoandletgod!!

..for your beautifully truthful words, and for taking the time to write them. You've made my day so much better :)

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Thank you, this has confirmed

Thank you, this has confirmed what I thought and made me feel much better :)

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Yes! Thanks so much for

Yes! Thanks so much for writing this. I needed to read this, I was planning on not eating anything today.

princessminator
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Thank you!

You've made me feel so much better

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Thank you, I find that even

Thank you,
I find that even after 1 day of normal eating, my whole body is sighing out in relief almost that i`m not binging, and restricting, I`m so glad to be reassured that the damage i have caused my body is reversible and that by eating healthy i`m able to recover

-Emi- love life, and be strong

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THANK U

i have been freaking out lately thinking that ill just keep gaining - though now - this thread has pt my mind at ease
thank you all so very much
would love to add a few people as friends - and im more than availble to be a support buddie
take care
xoxoxo

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I have no clue...gaining like crazy

I think my body is in major starvation mode these last few months. I have gained soooooo much weight in the last 3 months, I am talkin' 15 pounds. I am still an active bulimc and I do exercise. I am soooo scared and feeling so depressed these days, it's terrible. I need to know what to do to get my body out this mode, its soooo scary.
I wasn't thin by any means when this weight gain started, so now I am over-weight. I happened to be done nursing my baby this past April and since then weight gain has been insane. I have read and researched every sort of diet, meaning vegan and high protein but I have no idea what will be best for me to start while I recover from bulimia.

jilli

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thanks for that! But if you

thanks for that!
But if you eat 'normal' for a while and then purge, what happens to your metabolism then?

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it does help

Maybe not all of us on here, but maybe half of us, and more are bulimic because of their weight, or they care about their weight and this includes me.
I think the only reason im bulimic is because i cared about my weight, so then the whole issue of stopping purging and going back to eating normally, you end up worrying, wondering if you'll gain lots of weight.
And i'm still trying to deal with this, i dont want to give up purging, because im worrying about putting on weight, kinda stupid i know. But my minds just functioned to think like this now, but knowing that the metabolism will go back to normal, does help alot, if i knew that my metabolism was fucked, i would be bulimic for like forever or until someone found me out or i told someone.
So that thought does help, and hopefully i'll be back on the right track soon enough!

xox

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"Just because today is a terrible day doesn't mean that tomorrow wont be the best day of your life. You just gotta get there."

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Yes, I heard some scientists

Yes, I heard some scientists 'discovered' the main reason people gain after crash dieting is because they overeat/binge after (I think we understand that!) rather than because their metabolism is super slow
The only thing that decreases the metabolism is if you weigh less because weighing more burns more calories, but there's no huge difference.
Quick weight gain after increasing calories is initially just an increase in water weight, because more food in body and energy and water in cells.
xxxx

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ahh thankyou

I was stressing this morning about how much weight i had put on and how much more i expect ill put on unless things change. That help so much actually just knowing it wont always be that way. :)

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i wonder whether i am the

i wonder whether i am the exception to the rule ,as i put on a stone in less then a week when eating normally ARRRRRAHHHHHHHH

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Kazza- that's very normal. I

Kazza- that's very normal. I bet a lot of the people on here who have just started recovery will say the same thing. It's NOT permanent though!! Most of it is just water retention and bloat. Your body is sort of balancing itself back out. It took about a month for my bloat to go away completely...be patient, it is SOOOO worth it!

xoxo

One day at a time <3

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ok thanks

ok thanks

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I am sooo glad 2 see this!

I am sooo glad 2 see this! Because I was so going 2 start restricting 2morrow (se my recent blog), and this makes me happy. I am bloated 4 sure. :/ and I was telling myself give it a month. Just 1 month and if u don't change 4 the better and its not worth it restrict away... Sooo this is good 2 know! It was def. A concern of mine! :) thanks guys! :D

- Rach <3

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I am sooo glad 2 see this!

I am sooo glad 2 see this! Because I was so going 2 start restricting 2morrow (se my recent blog), and this makes me happy. I am bloated 4 sure. :/ and I was telling myself give it a month. Just 1 month and if u don't change 4 the better and its not worth it restrict away... Sooo this is good 2 know! It was def. A concern of mine! :) thanks guys! :D

- Rach <3

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I am sooo glad 2 see this!

I am sooo glad 2 see this! Because I was so going 2 start restricting 2morrow (se my recent blog), and this makes me happy. I am bloated 4 sure. :/ and I was telling myself give it a month. Just 1 month and if u don't change 4 the better and its not worth it restrict away... Sooo this is good 2 know! It was def. A concern of mine! :) thanks guys! :D

- Rach <3

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