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How can I build muscle after anorexia?

How can I build muscle after anorexia?

Weight restoration: No matter how "healthy" your diet or how much protein you ingest, you need to restore your weight and then worry about weight bearing exercise to restore your muscle mass and bone strength. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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I have anorexia and when I try to exercise my abs and the muscles i work swell for about 1 to 2 weeks and I don't know what to do or what that means.

I have anorexia and when I try to exercise my abs and the muscles i work swell for about 1 to 2 weeks and I don't know what to do or what that means.

? muscle strain: which can happen to non conditioned individuals, you didn't mention whether your muscles become sore as well? you need to be coached well, high protein diet and warm up before exercise, a coach would guage the approprite exercises for your habitus and nutritional status together with a dietician. If still suffering follow up with your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Please tell me, could anorexia nervosa be linked to muscle dystrophy?

Please tell me, could anorexia nervosa be linked to muscle dystrophy?

Muscle loss? - yes: Severe anorexia can indeed lead to your body using its own muscle as nutrition. This can be very, very dangerous. Please see your doctor and try to get it under control. It is not easy, but it is possible to resolve the condition if it is not too far along. Don't wait. Find help as soon as you can. Best wishes with it. ...Read more

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I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

Requires using them: Muscle cells respond to both intensity & frequency of use. Without use the atrophy away, as in polio victims. Polio virus damage nerves, not muscles. But if muscles get no nerve orders, they rarely contract & waste away. Thus focus on all opportunities to use muscles to do actions which require/challenge your strength, hopefully without overdoing & creating damage. Athletes say: No Pain, No Gain. ...Read more

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After anorexia, how can one rebuild the weak muscles?

Not sure: Although "anorexia nervosa" is a well-known cause of weight loss, other medical conditions can cause anorexia. If you have been medically treated for your anorexia, only your treating doctor can help you rebuilt your weak muscles. On the other hand, if "anorexia" is a diagnosis of your own, please seek medical help to assess and monitor your "post-anorexia" status safely. ...Read more

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I'm in anorexia recovery, and I working out. I've lost water retention, but why am I even heavier that 2 weeks ago? Am i building muscle?

I'm in anorexia recovery, and I working out. I've lost water retention, but why am I even heavier that 2 weeks ago? Am i building muscle?

One form of anorexia: can be excessive working out. Please see your doc or the professionals helping you so that you have a balanced work out program which is not excessive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why isn't extreme body building considered a mental disorder but anorexia and others is?

Anorexia and muscle: Excellent question and observation! the reality is that both conditions share the following, body image disturbance, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, physiological disruption (anorexia leading to cardiac problem etc) (body building use of steroids etc). The problem is that anorexia is more life threatening requiring medical attention. If body building is an illness what would happen to its industry. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle at the age of 15?

How can I build muscle at the age of 15?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle for baseball?

How can I build muscle for baseball?

Certified trainer: Assuming you're in good health, seeing a certified trainer who specializes in baseball could be a good source for improving the muscles involved in that sport. Ask for references from fellow athletes or your coaches. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more