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Old 06-10-13, 10:58 AM   #1
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I have started restricting my calories and intermittent fasting for weight loss and as a coping strategy. I did my research on how to lose weight and not eating is the only way to burn fat. Joel Schulman MD advocates this and he fasts people. I hate people and don't trust them. I hate the double standard. I can't isolate myself unfortunately because I want to work. So I do this to have control over something. I don't have control over how people treat me or the annoying things they say, but I have control over how much I eat. It has made it easier to socialize and that will help with networking and finding suitable employment. Also dieting gives me something new to obsess over instead of how frustrating people are.

I don't know how people go from dieting to anorexia. All of a sudden, they are trapped in a cult of sorts. They feel fat even when they are super skinny. When they lose more weight the goal shifts to an even lower weight. They end up in the hospital for months which is like prison. They don't even do suitable therapy there to get to the root of the issues, they just force them to eat. You're surrounded by new people but you have to eat normally. It's a waste of time and money and it's dreadfully boring. I don't want that to happen. I weigh 195 and want to be 125 by November 2013. I have already lost five pounds in one week, I will never see 200 again.

I think I'm very far from the anorexic danger zone. Just wanted reassurance that I won't develop this eating disorder and/or info on what causes someone to become anorexic.
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Old 06-10-13, 11:32 AM   #2
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Right now you have a goal in mind so its not an obsession that would put you at risk of developing anorexia. I know that maybe this is something you've heard before but its better to engage in any form of exercise, you don't have to go overboard, a 30 min walk each day does wonders, than to solely avoid eating in order to lose weight. The exercise will help you lose weight as well as help lower stress and you can still eat things you like, just consume a little less than what you currently are and you should be ok.
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I have had all of the eating disorders for over 20 years. They don't just pop into your brain. They are something that becomes ingrained into you, usually during adolescence. I really wouldn't worry about that right now. I think it just sounds like your weight is making you unhappy and you are very determined to change it quickly.

It's true, fasting does work, and you will hear two sides of the argument. I would always suggest juice or protein shake fasting, as opposed to just water fasting though. Realistically, it's just easier to maintain.
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Old 06-10-13, 06:03 PM   #4
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As someone who has anorexia, let me tell you that there's no need to worry. The problem with anorexia is that it's something (complicated to explain in detail so lets keep it simple though perhaps not quite accurate)... well let's say it's already part of you when you're born the only thing that needs to happen is to trigger it. Something to set it of. People who have anorexia usually do not believe they have anorexia, refuse to listen to others and refuse to eat or simply not more than others if they are forced to eat, such as I am. Food and weight become an obsession that needs to be controlled. It can be triggered because one feels it's the only thing they can control or because of bullying, wanting to become a model, sometimes it's not clear what the trigger is, but let me tell you this: if you're worried about anorexia, it's probably not going to be that. People with anorexia do not usually think anything is wrong with them until it has been pointed out to them.

What you should keep in mind however is the result of not eating at all. If you do not eat enough your stomach will decrease in size. By the time you've achieved your set goal you will be in trouble cause you can no longer eat to mantain that healthy weight you were going for. That's a dangerous thing and incredibly frustrating if you don't want it to happen.
For example, when I was diagnosed with anorexia, it came as a shock to me, I had wanted to deny it but the test results countered every argument I had. It took me some time but I realised that I had to eat properly... but I couldn't because my stomach was too small to fit the food I needed. That resulted in panic as I was already (and still am) underweight. Lots of emotional issues, could result in worse depression or other health concerns. You don't want that to happen. So instead, try and exercise and eat what a normal non-active person would eat to mantain their weight. Due to the exercising you'll lose weight, but your stomach size will remain the same as well.

I wish you luck in achieving your goal.
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Old 06-24-13, 07:01 AM   #5
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There is never a 100% certainty that someone wont develop an eating disorder. However to me it sounds like you're very determined to lose weight and even if you don't develop anorexia, it isn't hard to take dieting and weight loss too far. Even without becoming underweight you can develop physical symptoms of malnutrition from prolonged extreme dieting measures. With restricting your food intake you could still find yourself obsessed with thoughts about food and eating and feeding others just as a person with anorexia is. You can still find yourself obsessed with the scale and disgusted with yourself by breaking your food rules. You can still be miserable and sick without having anorexia.

As Nyxx said though, people don't just go from dieting to anorexia so I wouldn't worry. If someone does develop an eating disorder it is never just "dieting gone wrong". In my case I never even really dieted before the onset of anorexia. There are specific genetic factors, personality traits and environmental factors that can make people more vulnerable but what causes anorexia is still highly debated and will probably be for a long while.
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Thanks guys. I'm back on the diet/fasting bandwagon. Voices were completely out of control. They were harassing me for sleeping around even though the male voices were bragging about their sexual exploits. One of them is bisexual so I said "fine then women can be bisexual but men can't" but they didn't understand the analogy. They're too stupid to grasp it. One of them is a loudmouth bully named Larissa. Larissa is a character on Flavor of Love. She was very loud and mean. I just don't like feeling so sensitive about the double standard and bullying. I think life is way too unfair. So I do this to have control over something and something new to obsess over. Also to have an incentive to distract myself.
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Back on the bandwagon!
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At the very beginning of a diet it is normal to lose fast, like you've done. It sounds like you're approaching weight loss with a careful plan, so sounds good.
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Thanks gang. I'm back on the bandwagon.
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I actually see some very worrying things in your original post, specifically this (bold emphasis mine):

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I have started restricting my calories and intermittent fasting for weight loss and as a coping strategy.
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So I do this to have control over something. I don't have control over how people treat me or the annoying things they say, but I have control over how much I eat.
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Also dieting gives me something new to obsess over instead of how frustrating people are.
To answer your question on how a 'diet' can form into an eating disorder...this. This is one of the ways it can start. It's how mine did. You are in dangerous territory if your motivation to lose weight is about control and distraction from other real life problems. Your actual weight means nothing when it comes to eating disorders, you can have them at any weight. It's about the behaviors and the motivations behind them.

To clarify, I'm not saying you are for sure going to develop an eating disorder, I'm not psychic, I have no idea. But I see big red flags in your original post that worry me about it being a possibility if those reasons are not looked at and addressed.
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