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Eating disorder/amenorrhea recovery

Answered on June 14, 2014
Created June 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I recently got my period back after restriction and overexercise induced amenrrohea. Since Ive gotten it back I'm STARVING most of the time. Like 4000-5000 calories a day hungry. My weight has gone up from 118lbs to 134lbs and possibly still gaining. (I'm 5'7 btw!). Anyone else experienced this??

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Same thing here :/

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on June 14, 2014
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After losing a lot of weight, even though I've been feeding my body better on higher quality food, I have days when I'm starving too. Usually this is due to sugar. I have days when I can't resist the berries or I want the whole grapefruit, not just half. Or whatever. Another reason, I think, is my body's more sensitive to changes in insulin sensitivity. If I become less sensitive to it, I get starving (I think I am anyway). So then I take some chromium to help balance that out. I used to take that when I was a kid to keep skinny and I never knew why it worked. It was keeping me insulin sensitive (those of you old people, remember "Chromax?")

It also stops the carb cravings so I didn't deal with those until I got older.

In your case, it's probably that your body is starved for vitamins and fats. So maybe put your food into something like chronometer (a food diary program), and see which vitamins you're low in every day. Then google for foods you need to eat to bring it up. It won't fix it overnight, but it will help. I'd probably start by balancing out with fish oil the omega-3 and omega-6's I eat every day, and then go on from there. You'll probably want to use Nordic Naturals in a bottle for that. Honest, it doesn't taste nasty. For full disclosure: the texture is oily, but of course... it's an oil. The flavor is neutral to neutral-lemon.

Set your goals for at least 30 or even 50% fats. Fats are expensive by calories so it takes a high percentage to get any meaningful amount into your diet. Just for comparison, my diet is minimum 70% and usually 80-85% fats (it's a ketogenic diet). So what I suggest isn't extreme.

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on June 13, 2014
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4000-5000 calories, show me the food log.

Weight gain is normal when you start out underweight. What else did you expect?

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on June 13, 2014
at 11:46 AM

@Horomehope

I wish I could say something helpful but I have had the same issue like you...restrictive diet and ahmenorrhea. i never ate any red/white meat in my diet or carbs after breakfast...just lived on cereal, toast, egg, packet tuna and salmon as well as steamed boiled veg. i never ate any fat and salt and slowly cut things out till it was a diet of excercise and air basically. I excercised 5 days a week intense for 1 hr and a half a day..after that...just game over for me. my weight dropped too low and i could barely function....after looking like a dried up corpse and friends family intervening. i finally started to eat again but kinda went the wrong way about it..now i suffer from binge eating and i have my good and bad days but being paleo helps. although i still havent got my period back.... :( just hang in there! what your gaining is probs water weight as well as muscle. its more dense than fat. espcially if youve been restricting for a while, your body will hold onto food if theres a surplus because it thinks your going to do it again... dont worry about that...itll stabilize once it sees your being healthier to it, just make good food choices and eat a bit more fat if your hungry.... its satiating. i freaked out too when i saw the scale go up. also there might be a bit of a bloat when you have your period so water might be hanging around a bit. its ok to be hungry with your periods, its hormones lol Maybe hop off the scale for a while and just focus on better food choices and the way clothes fit rather than the scale. personally i hate the scale. its just a weight of everything in your body and it shouldnt define you. when it was telling me i was losing weight, i was...both muscle AND fat. i wasnt strong, healthy and fit like i wanted to be.....i was skinny, weak and pale. not a good look. hope this was someway helpful....

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Same thing here :/

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