Saturday, April 16, 1994

To eat or not to eat...that is the question...?

I have previously been hospitalized for anorexia, about 5 years ago. I was considered "fully recovered" about four years ago. I have relapsed twice since then and I have gained a lot of extra weight this year from eating a lot due to stress. Now, determined to lose it again, for the past four days, my caloric intake has been about 500 calories. I have gained 7 lbs. Is my body trying to fight the weight loss? What should I do It's like a vicious cycle:lose the weight, binge and gain it back and more, lose it again, gain it back! Even though I was "recovered," I"m still terrified of food. :(

Answer on To eat or not to eat...that is the question...?

From what I'm aware when you try to starve yourself, your body's metabolism will slow down. If you want to maintain a healthy weight I would recommend you try to maintain a balanced diet including your 2 fruit and five vegetables. Drink at least 6 - 8 glasses of water a day- besides keeping you hydrated apparently sometimes when we feel we're hungry we're actually thirsty (drinking water sends a signal to the brain that can help you not to binge). Exercise regularly. If possible you might find laughter therapy classes useful.

Protien shakes? Any fitness fanatics out there ? Please help?

I'm 21 I'm 15 stone I'm looking to diet I don't wanna be bulky I just wanna be toned and loose man boobs it's effecting my life now I feel depressed and upset can some one let me know the easy way to loose chest fat and belly fat and tone up in my own house in 2 months I have started protien shakes but I don't know weather to drink them before or after please help thanks It means so much

Answer on Protien shakes? Any fitness fanatics out there ? Please help?

IF your Losing weight, DONT drink protein shakes. The last thing you want to be doing is eating the equivelent of a stake every time you exercise.
For losing weight, easy to moderate intensity exercise is best, as this tends to use more fat than simple carbs. And try to prolong your exercise, to lets say 1 1/2 hours, when you get home try not to indulge, in fact eat as you would normally, because of the increased exercise that you are undertaking you body will use more calories which still putting in the same amount.
Also, dont forget to rest. If you sleep 8 hours a night, do 9 instead. This heightens your metabolism. Sounds crazy I know, but try it over a couple of nights and you will feel hungrier at breakfast. (Increase your breakfast only slightly) .

Protein Shakes are there to increase recovery in Athletes and for people wishing to BULK up.