Anorexia Bulimia Care
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Hey I’m really struggling with recovery. I’m in recovery for my ED but I’m struggling with the fact that I am gaining weight. I don’t know how to cope with the gain.

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Its really hard - are you getting "professional" help? If so - its putting your trust in them - which I know is really, really scary - but they are the "doctors" giving you the "treatment" you need - and my dietician told me that its amazing how much food you need to gain weight - but also - they regulate the amount taken according to sensible weight objectives - and when you've reached a "normal/acceptable" weight they tailor your diet to meet your needs to balance your weight. So don't let fear prevent your recovery - will be praying for you.

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May I ask how much you were recommend to consume calories wise? I wasn't ever told what you were though I knew it from reading empirical research when I started out trying to do it myself...but it just helps to hear what others were recommended to hush my head when it goes into justification mode!

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Each of us require different calories according to height, build and activity level - so me giving you my calories isn't necessarily what you require - but I do suggest you seek help from a specialist dietician who will guide you - this also helped me in quieting my demons - I saw it as medical advice - and also found once I'd got and stuck to a meal plan it became "normal" - and amazingly what I saw as a vast amount didn't cause me to gain huge amounts - and I had plateau times when I had to add to my base diet - the usual guide for weight maintenance is around 2,000 - but to increase 2,500 - 3,000 per day. It also needs to be balance nutrient wise ie carbs, protein, fats etc. ABC have a dietician so it might be worth contacting them.

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I wasn’t really given a calorie goal for the day because I wasn’t underweight. The goal wasn’t really for me to gain weight, it was to maintain a healthy eating schedule I guess? It’s just really screwing me up because I’m a dancer and performer so any weight change is frustrating because it throws off my balance and my costumes.... do you mind if I private message you?

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