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safely counting calories with a history of disordered eating and extreme restriction?

liketotallyellianaliketotallyelliana Member Posts: 3 Member Member Posts: 3 Member
I've been unhappy with my body for a long time, I have a really unhealthy relationship with food and spent years hating myself for always feeling like I was eating too much.
This January I finally decided to try and lose weight the right way. I went slow and started off with simply replacing some unhealthy foods I was eating with something better, slowly I built up to smaller portions and a caloric deficit. I've been exercising regularly and now a couple of weeks ago I decided to give intermittent fasting a try to see if it would help me stay within my calorie range. So far I think it really has helped but still I'm having a lot of trouble with staying within my deficit which is 1230 calories a day (for reference I'm 5"2). I'm currently 110 pounds (started at 116) and my goal is 100-103 I don't know if I'm being extreme.
I keep beating myself up over eating too many calories and I can feel myself becoming obsessive, which brings me to the question, is it even healthy for me to count calories when I have a history of disordered eating?
I'm wondering if I should make my eating window smaller for intermittent fasting and just stop counting (currently I eat from 12pm to 8pm). Does anyone have any stories or tips on how they keep their mindset healthy while calorie counting?


  • quemalosuertequemalosuerte Member Posts: 187 Member Member Posts: 187 Member
    Do you have a psychologist, therapist, a specialist, or any other professional of that type? They can help you sort through healthy vs unhealthy eating patterns and mindsets and sort out whether you are being reasonable or obsessive. While we all have our own experiences to draw on, we are not trained professionals. And I think most of us would hate giving you advice that, while it worked for us, hurts you.
  • Lillymoo01Lillymoo01 Member Posts: 2,831 Member Member Posts: 2,831 Member
    The more restrictions you apply to this the worse your disordered eating can become. It is fantastic that you admit to this, but the next step is to reach out to a professional for the best advice which is most suited to you and your health. We can support you in this journey but help from experts in the field of disordered eating will be of tremendous help.
  • PAV8888PAV8888 Member Posts: 7,143 Member Member Posts: 7,143 Member
    At this point it is time to stop and reach out for help.

    You're in the water. You're not in a shark cage. There are great whites within sensing distance. And the water is now chummed with what you've been doing since January.

    Grab a hand and pull out. Please.
    edited May 23
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,089 Member Member Posts: 4,089 Member
    You dont need to lose weight. Your current weight is very lean as it is. Your goal weight is too low. Stop restricting yourself.
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