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How do I curb my monstrous appetite?

By Anonymous February 25, 2012 - 1:09am
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I was overweight before and at that time I ate everything I wanted-donuts, chips, fries, chocolate bars, ice cream-everything. It's been such a hard journey, but with a healthier diet and regular exercise, I've lost more than twenty pounds.

But at 106 pounds, I know I've still got a long way to go. I'm aiming for at least forty-five minutes of moderate exercise plus ten thousand steps a day, 1200 calories max, but I'm just not good enough for it. Some days I feel my muscles trembling; I just feel like collapsing on my bed and not trying. I'd hate myself because I know this is just psychological-I'm a student, not a construction worker, how can I be that tired? I'd know I'm just trying to excuse myself from exercising because I'm lazy. I'd look at the bread at home and end up eating a couple of slices, all the while hating my weak resolve. I'd cry thinking about the girls in school who could eat everything they want and not lift a finger and still be hot. I almost always end up eating about 1600 calories, sometimes more, and I'd just hate myself.

What could I do about this? I can't magically make myself taller (I'm a midget at 5'1) so that I'd have bigger caloric needs. I can't change my gender either (I'm a girl). I can't make my turtle-paced metabolism go faster. I have this abnormally insatiable appetite that just won't be satisfied by 1200 calories. Just thinking about the ten more pounds I have to lose makes me tired. I'm desperate for a solution. My deepest thanks to anyone who could help me.

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Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your question and welcome to Empowher. You should really think about the fact that you may be considered an eating disorder candidate. This is not always a bad thing but you should seek treatment with a nutricionist. This way you can understand where your healthy weight is and how to maintain it without starving yourself. You are losing all your energy since you are wasting more energy then fuel you are putting in your body.


Do yourself a favor and see a nutricionist. The best thing you can do is NOT compare yourself to others. Every one of us are genetically different. Some people can eat and you swear they have an endless pit that doesn't show on their body image but beauty is only skin deep. Your mind and body should be alligned and that will make you beautiful.

I hope this helps.


February 25, 2012 - 9:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your prompt reply. I'm just confused, you say I'm wasting more energy than the amount of fuel I put in my body, but I don't get that. At 155 cm and 106 pounds, isn't my ideal calorie intake about 1600 calories? It's OK to slash up to 500 calories off if I wanted to lose weight, right? And right now I'm slashing just 400 calories, most of the time even less. And besides, I'm practically bed-ridden--I don't play any sport and I don't do chores at home, I'm just a student who sits on a chair all day. I shouldn't be starving or weak. I should be hale and hearty. I just can't understand why my body's this way, and why I can't lose anymore weight.

February 27, 2012 - 3:25am
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