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I'm 5'8", I'm at 148 lbs right now, but I am trying to lose the freshman 15.
I've started eating 1200 calories a day, and staying at around an A-.
I'm drinking about 9 cups of water a day.
I work as a sandwitch maker at Subway (gotta pay off debt somehow) and according the site I burn around 1000 calories a day.
I am not, however, eating more to keep my calorie count up to 1200. Is that unhealthy? Could my eating disorder resurface if I start obsessing over this?
Well based off your height it does not seem like you need to lose 15 pounds so I would not stress or obsess over it. And hopefully you are strong enough to fight your ED coming back.
You are already at a healthy BMI. If you want to lose a few vanity pounds you probably can, but given your history with an eating disorder be very careful you aren't falling into unhealthy habits. Because you are already at a healthy weight it is harder to lose weight, and you should expect it to come off slowly.
I'm not sure how active you are. But, at 5'8'' you should be eating more than 1200 calories a day. I think 1500 is probably a better calorie target, and more than that if you are very active.
In my opinion 1200 calories is too low for most. While it is the minimum that you should be eating as a sedentary adult female, I highly doubt you are sedentary.
^^THIS. Also, if you are under 21, then 1,500 is the minimum weight loss amount for a sedentary female, so you are looking at more like 1,800 since you have an active job. Yes, absolutely your ED could 'resurface', and losing weight when you are already at a normal weight is playing with fire if you have an eating disordered past.
If you are intent on losing a few lbs, I would advise you to consult a qualified dietician, tell them your ED history, and get their opinion on whether you need to lose, adn if so, how much, and the safest way to go about it. Believe me, EDs are sneaky little b@$t@rd$, and can often get you to relapse without you realising it.
Thank you all very much. I'll go up 100 calories a day until I'm at 1500.
It seems like the healthy thing to do. :)