Remember my post about weight restoration a little over a week ago?
Well, I got all sorts of questions from readers and bloggers in the comment section that I thought I’d answer publicly today since I’m creatively constipated. And as far as I know, prunes don’t help much with that.
“I’m still trying to gain weight (story of my lifffe) but it seems like no matter WHAT I do I just can’t. any tips?!”
Funny you should ask because at my sickest, I used to get asked for dieting tips. Weird. Anyhow, I’m not a doctor or registered dietitian. More importantly, I’m not a licensed therapist which I think is what most people really need. But what I can say from my experience with weight gain is that its actually pretty simple. Eat more, move less. This is where the therapy part kicks in. This is often easier said than done when your used to exercising a lot and not eating a ton (and by a ton I don’t mean a ton of tofu or greens). Do you need to eat fast food to gain weight? No. But weight won’t come on as easily when you still drinking green monsters or making chia seed pumpkin protein brownies or whatever. In treatment, I ate salads and I ate oreos. That what I liked about my treatment center, they showed me I could eat array of “healthy” and hydrogenated foods and I’d still be fine. Bottom line: Eat more calorically dense foods, move less. Sounds lovely actually.
On to the next question…
“The “aunt flow” part made me laugh; I’ve been waiting for it FOREVER. Do you really suggest stopping exercise? Won’t that just make weight gain come faster and not healthfully?”
Again, I’m not a doctor but with my experience, you need to be at a healthy weight for at least few months until the aunt flow will come back. You wanna hear something totally twisted? When aunt flow came, I was actually upset. I was like, “great, now I’m ‘heavy’ enough to get my period”. I know, thats CRAZY talk! Look, you want and NEED your cycle. Its a reflection of your health. No period means something’s up! And yes, Jenny Craig or Weigh Watchers might kill me, but if you are not getting you period I fully support ceasing exercise. And I don’t just mean the gym! Stop being as active as you are. Many people with activity issues simply can’t stop moving. You seriously need to detox off the excessive movement, at least for a little bit. In treatment, the most I was allowed to exercise was a 30 min walk, a 30 min circuit exercise (with weights) or gentle yoga lesson. And that was only AFTER a few weeks of doing NOTHING. But I needed to prove to myself that I could go without movement for a long time and that I wouldn’t become a whale. And something I can’t stress enough There is no such thing as a “healthier” way to loose weight! When your underweight its pretty simple, weight gain is weight gain and any is good! There is no difference! 1 pound is 1 pound and it doesn’t matter how you got it. Eating 5 big macs for a meal might help, as will eating 14 bowls of oatmeal. It won’t make a difference. Its all healthy weight when your underweight.
A reader who went by the name of “M.” wrote:
“I am experiencing the “pregnant belly” syndrome and had no idea this was normal!My doctor has retired (loved him) and the new one, well…when I first met him warned me not to over do it on the food so as not to end up at Weight Watchers later. Needless to say, I am hesitant to ask him these types of questions.
Anyways, all that rambling to say that I’m glad you’re discussing these issues!!
Most of all, how long did it take for your belly to go back to normal? Did anything help in the meantime? “
Heres the honest truth…I still have belly issues. It get better depending on when and what I eat but its still something I’m trying to work out with my doctor. Eating a meals that aren’t too rich in protein can help or at least not eating a lot all at once. I’ve tried to eat more smaller meals seven or so times a day which helps too (as opposed to few, large meals). Also, avoid vegetables. I know, I sound like a “health monster” saying that, but most vegetables work a number on your digestive system especially if it sort of been abused by you not feeding it properly. But this is still a work in progress for me. See, I still totally have issues.
Wow, I feel like I bored the five or so readers I get on Saturdays. Feel free to ask me anything about this. Fuck it, feel free to just say anything!