Anonymous asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 1 month ago

What if you have a weird way of losing way (unhealthy) but you’re only doing it for three months, do you still have an eating disorder?

After the three months I’m planning to increase my food intake but not go back to eating junk food

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    A lot of people participate in unhealthy/unwise methods to lose weight (fat). That doesn't mean they have an eating disorder, but those unhealthy methods often result in short-term results (because the method used can't safely be maintained long term). 


    An eating disorder is defined as "any of a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits (such as anorexia nervosa):" so extends beyond just a short term of someone deciding to exercise like a fiend or try some kooky diet or calorie restrict temporarily. 


    Remember, if you are calorie restricting in order to lose weight, it will likely work BUT if your calorie intake is too low you'll lose muscle too. The more muscle you lose, the slower your metabolism (which means you burn fewer calories a day). When your metabolism slows down, it becomes easier to gain weight (store fat) because your body needs fewer calories to maintain itself than it did before your "diet", so the excess gets stored as fat. 

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