Weight Gain Confusion

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Salboo

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Please help I need some reassurance 🙁 I have been in recovery for about a year now and feel like I’m making a lot of progress as I am having regular ‘movements’ and actually feel hungry a lot of the time. However I have put on a substantial amount of weight during this time and I don’t know how much more I can take. I have tried researching online but have not been able to find anything that relates closely to my experience.
Basically I was restricting/purging and exercising excessively for about 2 years. I have never weighed myself but I went from a UK size ten to a UK size six. I strictly maintained this until one day I woke up and I had randomly gained weight (I was still in the depth of my restricting/purging/exercising so felt this was strange). The weight gain just continued even though I fought desperately against it. I upped my exercise further and stopped purging and settled on restricting. I only allowed myself to eat once a week. But still the weight piled on. I was so frustrated I decided to start eating again as my body was gaining weight whether I ate or not so just decided I might as well get something out of it. Now, after about a year of eating non restrictively, I have gained a huge amount of weight and am now in UK size 14 clothes. I am eating about the same as I did when I was a size 10... does anyone know what’s going on? I am determined to keep on eating as I now understand the error of my ways, but why am I so much larger and when will this stop? It’s making me so depressed. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Any info would be great thanks.
 
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It's not uncommon to experience this kind of weight gain in recovery because it takes time to repair the metabolism. I gained quite a bit but eventually went back to my original size. However, you can always ask your doctor to do some blood work (for thyroid) if you're concerned.
 
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Thank u for your replies. I would kill for my pre ED body now! I’m just really struggling as I’ve never been this weight before. Every time I move my arm and I feel the fat wobble or I bend over and my cheeks hang I feel like crying. I’m not going to stop eating because I know eating is actually fixing this slowly. I know it’s different for everyone but can you tell me how long it took you to arrive at your pre ED body? I’ve heard about 2 years would you say that’s accurate? I think I’m probably triggered because I’ve just been on a beach holiday where I was sat in a swimsuit comparing myself to every single woman that walked past.
Thank you ❤
 
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I have done the whole purging restricting behaviour not fitting into any eating disorder category, I have been not well lately lost a lot of weight, started looking a bit better I feel fat I know I'm not, just takes our bodies a while to distribute the weight accordingly, that's what I find anyway xx
 
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Thank u for your replies. I would kill for my pre ED body now! I’m just really struggling as I’ve never been this weight before. Every time I move my arm and I feel the fat wobble or I bend over and my cheeks hang I feel like crying. I’m not going to stop eating because I know eating is actually fixing this slowly. I know it’s different for everyone but can you tell me how long it took you to arrive at your pre ED body? I’ve heard about 2 years would you say that’s accurate? I think I’m probably triggered because I’ve just been on a beach holiday where I was sat in a swimsuit comparing myself to every single woman that walked past.
Thank you ❤
I can't answer that because i got pregnant right after recovery (a miracle!). But I understand how difficult it is. My ultimate goal in recovery was to have a baby so I was fine with the weight gain. What is your goal? Because that's what you need to focus on. (((hugs)))
 
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Salboo, your weight will level out. After years of restricted calories, your body stores them as it expects the calories and energy to be taken away again. Don't try and diet - this just reinforces to your metabolism that lean times have come again and it needs to store. Keep your normal food intake going, and your weight will adjust back down :hug:
 
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I know it’s probably not the case but have you thought about having your thyroid tested. If it’s under active you will gain weight whether you eat or not. Maybe have a chat with your GP to see what he says
 

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