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Old 07-08-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Recovery Questions - Day by Day evaluating/changes?

I am "supposed" to be gaining like 20 lbs but seemed to have gained the first 10 already very quickly which is upsetting. Tho my feet/shins are VERY swollen. I just don't understand: There is just absolutely no way I've been consuming enough calories every day to constitute this kind of gain yet! Is some of this possibly water weight? How will I know?
My nutritionist said to eat whatever I want whenever I want, which I have not been able to do, so I am very disappointed. I had wanted to be able to enjoy the weight gain (was trying to mentally come to terms with needing to gain & actually allowing myself to) & now I feel like its over before it even began. Any advice on how to keep from restricting?
Also: is it absurd to try & judge whether or not I'm eating enough by how much physical strength I have on a daily basis? Can you tell that quickly, from one day to the next?
And I still feel hungry all the time sooooooo hungry but evidently I'm getting enough food if I'm gaining..(??) Well why is my every waking moment still consumed with thoughts of food? UGH it's miserable!

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Recovery Questions- Day by Day evaluating / changes?

I gained the first 15 lbs in 5 weeks while I was in inpatient. Your metabolism is probably very low so you will gain on fewer calories than a "normal" person would.

Now, it may go the opposite way in which you need a LOT of calories to gain even small amounts of weight. I left IP after gaining 15 lbs, still needing to gain at least 10, and gaining slowly at 3500+ calories a day.

Are you under medical care?

Old 07-14-2013, 03:57 AM   #3
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Re: Recovery Questions- Day by Day evaluating / changes?

I am now; I went to my MD & he sent me to the hospital b/c I'd had a sinus infection which turned into a bit of pneumonia now. I am very frustrated cuz the doc here told me I should be counting Cal's while all the other pros have told me eat what you want. I just want to be able to enjoy food w/o feeling guilty! when they bring my tray I don't know what to let myself eat. But I can't help myself from eating tons of m&Ms, and at night several of those little juice & milk boxes & a couple packs of Graham crackers. Its a LOT more Cal's than I was getting at home. And scale. Already says 80 I only have 10-15 lbs to work with, unless I'm full of water weight now, in which case: how will I know what # to aim for? And should I keep giving in to these cravings? They're so strong!!

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