Re: Feeling Very Self-Conscious
At 5'4" and 86 pounds, you do not weigh enough to have lean muscle.
Your body has digested all your muscle in an effort to stay alive, and will continue to do so until you start eating more and gaining weight. Until then, you will remain flabby. The "flab" is skin, hanging off bones, with no muscle underneath to support it.
You say you do not have an eating disorder. I did, in my 20s. I am also 5'4". At the height of my eating disorder, I weighed 93 pounds, which is seven pounds more than you currently do.
I was a skeletal wraith. I believed I was fat.
I suggest you see a doctor.
I am not trying to be hurtful, I'm trying to save your life.
Exercise is not what you need. You don't weigh enough to develop muscle or "tone up". All exercise is going to do is burn more calories, calories you can't afford to burn at this point, because you need them to maintain your basic bodily functions- your brain and heart functions.
Please, please get some help.
Best of luck.
Last edited by Kali333; 07-09-2011 at 12:36 PM.