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How Can I Build Muscle After Anorexia
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
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
15 and no: Consult a doctor with a better history to be healthy and safe. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: First get clearance from your family physician or geriatrician, then start exercising. There's no day like today to start! you don't need to go to the gym or buy any fancy equipment. Just try a few push ups, squats and a short walk to start. You can also curl & press cans of food and graduate up to gallons of water. Don't forget proper nutrition w/plenty of lean protein, fiber & healthy fats. ...Read more
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