2 Weeks Into Recovery.

I have suffered from bulimia for the past 9 year. I have been in treatment on and off for the past 7 years. My disorder has changed a lot during this time, from just restricting and binge eating to restricting, binge eating and purging, to just binge eating and purging. My obsession with food never went away, but for the past year I would calculate my calories, fat, protein and fiber intake throughout the day to make sure I was eating the exact recommend amount. Although I wasn't technically "restricting" I still struggled with binge eating and purging every night.
I started cognitive behavioral therapy two weeks ago, and have been using the tools I learned, and haven't binged or purged, and only have calculated calories once in the past two weeks. The first week I wasn't too worried about my weight, but when I saw my doctor he wanted to weigh me. I then saw that I had gained a significant amount of weight, and wasn't sure why. I was at a healthy weight before I stopped binging and purging, and am eating the same amount of food through the day that I was before. I have been pretty stressed because of this, as majority of my clothes no longer fit, and I don't have any income, so can't afford to buy new ones.
I was doing research and found that many people either maintained their weight, or LOST weight in bulimia recovery. Which confused me even more.
Has this happened to anyone else?
AmandaP16 AmandaP16
22-25, F
5 Responses Sep 6, 2012

Thank you Paul...I really hope the gain settles down soon because it would be so much easier to handle not b/p if you arent gaining weight when you stop and start eating healthy.

iv also found when iv been forced to eat normally i put on quite a bit but was told its due to liquid and food build up in your body, normally if your binging all the time your running on empty so when you stop and eat drink normally its just that food that makes you heavier and your weight should settle down after a week or two

iv also found when iv been forced to eat normally i put on quite a bit but was told its due to liquid and food build up in your body, normally if your binging all the time your running on empty so when you stop and eat drink normally its just that food that makes you heavier and your weight should settle down after a week or two

I am 3 weeks into recovery and wondering the exact same thing. That is the hardest part! None of my pants fit and it's so unbelievably discouraging.

I gained seven pounds within a week. My progress ended up being nonexistant, since after i saw that i got worse...