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Re-incorporating exercise after refeeding

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    I have been refeeding for about 11 months after a 4 year long struggle with anorexia. One minor slip up of a few weeks in May eating less than 2,000 but got back on track. I’m itching to get back to being active again after 8 months of rest but I don’t want to cause more gain because of the exercise. Is this a possibility if my weight seems stable eating 3,000-4,000 a day? If it’s a good time to re-introduce exercise what should I be looking at, light lifting or power walking? Sorry, just confused here as to what I can safely add in without causing my body to hold onto more fat in fear of starvation returning.

    If this is a redundant question, I apologize once here.


    I’m sory that this is not an answer, but you sparked a question that I have asked myself millions of times. When you said “in fear of my body holding onto more fat IN FEAR OF STARVATION RETURNING”.

    I don’t understand how the body can FEAR starvation. Biologicaly the body dosn’t “think”, there are receptors, enzymes, hormones, ect that control the body’s metabolism.

    Basically, my question is what biologically is going on when people say “the body thinks starvation is returning, so it will hold fat to be safe”. The body dosn’t “think” to hold fat, something on the cellular level has to change.

    Any thoughts?


    I think 90skid to try weights if anything. At least, that was the advice Matt gave in diet recovery 2. But when you build muscle and bone density you gain weight. Try not to fixate on weight (easy to say) if you want to monitor whether or not you are gaining weight then please just remember to also see if your clothes still fit the same, that’s a better indicator. I imagine someone with your history of anorexia will want to fixate on the weight issue but really that will not help you out if you are training because you almost certainly will gain weight, but it probably won’t be fat and you will look a lot better.

    You might want to check your temperature, too and if it is good and stays good then you probably can safely exercise, if it drops, then stop.

    Godschild from my point of view what you have asked depends on a Euro-american cultural/ philosophical perspective which divides the mind from the body. So the quickest answer I could offer you is that it really depends on who is asking the question. The biomedical answer is probably something related to metabolism slowing down or some such sciencey thing that I don’t get.

    love, crinkly


    Thanks for your reply crinkly! Surprisingly weight is not an issue for me. I do have somewhat of a novice question though, please excuse the lack of weight training knowledge on my part..

    So I know lifting does not turn fat into muscle, but does the muscle help burn fat? The myth of “the more muscle you have the more fat you burn” or something along those lines…is that applicable?

    I only ask because I have become quite flabby in recovery so while I am not looking to lose weight, per say, I am hoping that training will help my over all aesthetic appearance.


    I’m no expert on weight lifting either, but from what I gather, using muscles means the energy you take in from food is put towards repairing and growing them, and muscle requires more energy to maintain than flab or something so overall it raises your calorie needs.

    there are plenty of others on this forum who seem to know a lot more about weight training and could answer you properly

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