Will I Get Fat When I Stop Restricting? | Eating Disorder Recovery

Question about recovery: “Hi Elisa – I have a weird question but it’s something I can’t stop thinking about. OK, so I know we should stop restricting and exercising, which I’m trying to do. But I don’t want to get fat, and I know you say that our bodies will normalize, but what about all of the obese people in the world! I doubt the majority of them had eating disorders so if we just eat normally and don’t exercise (like all the overweight people) won’t be become like them?”

Article about Set Point Weight: https://followtheintuition.com/diets-do-not-work-set-point-weight-works/

Why “Calories In Calories Out” Theory Fails: https://followtheintuition.com/calories-in-calories-out/

2 thoughts on “Will I Get Fat When I Stop Restricting? | Eating Disorder Recovery”

  1. I’m normal weight and come from a 20 year history of initially anorexic and then bulimia and then sort of recovery but constant dieting allowing myself anything from 1500-1900kcal with occasional pretty small binges. I’ve just started intuitive eating and Im aware I’m eating more than usual.. i feel so big. I know i shouldn’t need to ask this as you’ve written it a million times but my anxiety is driving me to. Will this settle? Will I always be this big or bigger?. I’ve not weighed myself but the idea of gaining more than 2-3lbs let alone 10-15lb feels soooo awful. I don’t want to be stuck being fat forever. Sorry I know everyone asks you this.

    1. Hi:) the fact is that you need to simply eat and let go of restriction, this is 100% sure. otherwise, you will live in prison all your life, stuck in your own restrictive mindset – it’s NOT helping you to maintain your weight healthfully, it WILL only mess up your body further on, it will slow down your metabolism, increase hunger, obsession. yes, your weight will settle in your set point, whatever the number will be, where you can eat what you want, however much you want, and just feel normal again, but you need to let go of control and trust your body!

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