I'm 14 years old, female, my height is about 157cm and I weigh around 30.5. My bmi is 12.4. I've recently started recovery from anorexia but I need a few questions answered. How many calories should I have a day to gain enough weight to be healthy?
How many calories for breakfast? Lunch? And dinner?
How much should I gain?
What's a healthy weight for me?
Should I have large potions?
I would be so grateful if anyone can help me out with these questions, it would be a huge help! x
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step 1: accept the fact that you are in bad shape and can no longer stay like this.
step 2: ignore the ED (this is very hard and near impossible to completely do) as best you can
step 3: eat a lot more than you think you need. eat what you normally eat. then add more. always always add more food. for example, say for lunch you have non-fat-plain yogurt with 1 cup of blueberries. well add to that somthing else. anything else. as long as its more food. at frist, i recommend not worrying too mcuh about how much more your eating. just make sure your consistantly eating more. eventually your hunger hormones will start to get back to normal and your eating will naturally increase. but for the first little while u may need to force yourself to eat more.
step 4: keepa mental goal. that goal could be to have the scale NOT go down after each week. dont weigh yourself everyday but each week is fine. if the scale doesnt go down at the end of the week good. if it goes up then great!
at first, depending on how much u exercise you may expereicne insane weight gain right away. your glycogen might be depleted and u are most likely dehydrated. so 10 pounds my come reall quick but rememeber not a lot of that is body weight. also, you may need to gain more weight than u were when u were healthy. for the longest time i was 160-165 but got down to 135 then got to 145 and stayed there for a long time. but now i am up to 175 and still gaining a bit.
and dont worry about being fat. that wont happen. i promise.
i hope this helps.
i speak from experience.
Original Post by georgiana101:
Hello I am so happy that you are recovering. I strongly advise you to go to your doctor. You should increase your calorie intake by 100-200 every few days until you get to around 2500-3000 per day. Your bmi is deadly low so tell your parents and have them take you to the doctor.
Because your BMI is under 13.5, you need to consult a doctor for advice, but in the long term, you need 2,500-3,000 calories a day to recover, split into 3 meals and 3 snacks (so as not to be too filling at any one time).
This is purely a suggestion, but that might look something like:
and 3 X 200 calorie snacks during the day.
Ideally, you need to aim for the healthy weight range for your age and height (and your period needs to return/start).
Here is what this site says about your height and weight:
Based upon your current Body Mass Index (BMI) of 12.4, you are currently classed as underweight.
A healthy BMI for your gender and age is between 16 and 22.7
So a healthy weight to aim for could reasonably be BMI 17-21.7 (42-53kgs).
These are all questions for a physician to answer -- and a situation that requires monitoring by trained personnel.
The information presented on this site is not a substitution for professional healthcare advice. Always consult your doctor for questions or guidance on medical problems and conditions.