The real, honest truth is that anorexia is a quick, temporary fix to losing weight, but that's all it really is. Sure, you'll lose a couple pounds the first week and maybe a few more the next. But each day that you do not eat, your metabolism will begin to slow down drastically (it is scientifically proven that this will happen). Your body will literally start to eat itself, and all muscle tissue will begin to deteriorate. The truth is, once you start eating normally again, - because you will not be able to be anorexic for the rest of your life - you will gain weight even from eating well-portioned, balanced meals. The reason for this is that your body will go into something called "starvation mode" due to not eating a thing, so that any time you do begin to put food into your body, your system will hold on to that food and store it as fat. You will gain weight at a faster rate. Plus, anorexia causes feelings of deprivation, so eventually you will get major cravings and have the urge to binge on any food you can get your hands on to. Anorexia leads to weight gain, so it's best not to begin the process of becoming it.
INSTEAD, TRY THIS!
Goal: Aim to lose 1 - 2 pounds a week. If you try to lose more than two pounds, you may be losing weight too fast, which commonly leads to gaining back all the weight that was lost, plus more.
Exercise: If you have access to a gym, try out the elliptical machine and/or treadmill. If you are able to, run or jog a mile each day for about 3 to 5 days a
week. If a mile is a bit too much, start out with half a mile, or even less; whatever you feel comfortable with! Gradually increase your distance (and your speed if you prefer). However, if you don't have access to a gym, try running around your block. The best time to exercise is within an hour of waking up in the morning. The reason? You burn more calories after a workout than if you had just been sitting on a couch. Exercising in the morning will allow you to burn more calories throughout the day, even long after you're done with your workout! So don't hit the snooze button on your alarm clock too many times!
Diet: Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day; breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and if you need to eat more, evening snack. PORTION CONTROL IS KEY. If you are able to, prepare each meal ahead of time so when it comes to eating a meal, you don't overdo it. Try eating away from the kitchen so you're less likely to go back for seconds or thirds. Eat your last meal/snack no later than 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. and try not to eat anything for the rest of the night, or at least don't eat anything 3 hours prior to going to bed. Only drink water as your main beverage, and make sure to drink lots of it (it has been proven to speed up your metabolism)! Eat PLENTY of fruits and vegetables. They're low-cal, so in this case, more is better than less.
The first couple of days of this diet may seem tough, but trust me, soon it will become a habit! Good luck!
Sammy · 4 years ago