Doctor says I need to lose some weight. But I have a history of anorexia
December 14, 2013 2:49 PM Subscribe
I am currently an overweight adult and my doctor has mentioned I could drop some weight. However, I have a history of anorexia and I definitely don't want to go down that path. How to go about losing weight without triggering myself into relapse? Snowflakes inside.
posted by AlexiaSky to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been anorexia free for 5.5 years :D I went on some medications about a year ago that ballooned my healthy weight up into unhealthy levels. Before then, my weight had basically been stable. I changed meds, but the weight didn't come off. My doctor and therapist think it would be a good idea to lose some weight but obviously, not to much! My target is right smack in the middle of my healthy weight range, and the important people (doctors, mental health professionals) are on board with this.
The big issue is that I don't want to become obsessed. Calorie counting and food diaries are out. Weighing my food is out. Weighing myself is out (I'd either be weighed by my therapist or doctor no more that 2x a month). I don't want to go to support groups for people with eating disorders as my competition becomes high and I really don't want to hear about people in early recovery/active addiction because it triggers me and I don't want to surround myself with that stuff. I want to be healthy!
Honestly, I want a diet to be as little on my mind as much as possible! I realize that, psychologically when people diet they think about it a good bit, and I'm going to address those issues with my therapist as they arise.
So, I'm looking for advice on non-obtrusive ways to diet. What are things that are easy to do that I can't really obsess over too much? I'm not planning on losing weight quickly or in any time frame, so any small change is worth sharing. Of course, if anyone has been in a similar situation, describing things that have been helpful to you would benefit me.