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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

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


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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 they atrophy away as in polio victims (Polio virus damages 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?

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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How can I build muscle over loose skin?

How can I build muscle over loose skin?

You cannot: Muscle is deep to skin, fat and fascia so increasing muscle size will have only a minimal skin tightening effect. ...Read more

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I was born naturally skinny. How can I build muscle tone?

I was born naturally skinny. How can I build muscle tone?

Weight Training: Start slowly and build up the amount of weight you use, and over time you will see an increase in muscle mass in the area you train. If you can afford a personal trainer, I highly advise it for good form in training. Never overdo the training and don't be in a rush to develop muscle as weight training can lead to serious injury if not done properly. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 year old 178lb male, who eats 1700 calories a day and working out 3-4 times a week. Can I build muscle and lose fat this way?

I'm a 25 year old 178lb male, who eats 1700 calories a day and working out 3-4 times a week. Can I build muscle and lose fat this way?

Yes & no. Ur diet -: -2 B well balanced, & U may need protein supplementation if the diet does not give U 50gms of pro/day. With heavy workouts U should boost up 20-30mg on workout days. Always have a day of rest after workouts as muscles need to rest also. Do some cardio on days off. Keep well hydrated & read the label of Ur supplement. Many increase sugar content so it tastes good. 178 not bad if 5'11"or so be care ...Read more

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I'm a 25 year old 178lb male, who eats 1700 calories a day and working out 3-4 times a week. Can I build muscle and lose fat this way?

I'm a 25 year old 178lb male, who eats 1700 calories a day and working out 3-4 times a week. Can I build muscle and lose fat this way?

More calories.: You probably need more calories to build bulk. To lose fat, cut back on refined carbohydrates and sugar. No bread, cookies, cakes etc. Eat nutrient/protein dense foods like lean meats, chicken, fish. Eat healthy fats like those found in walnuts, avocados, olive oil. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle at 75?

How can I build muscle at 75?

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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Can I build muscle with cardio only?

Can I build muscle with cardio only?

Not much: In order to really build muscle, you need to add some strength training as well as cardio exercise. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle witk elite test?

How can I build muscle witk elite test?

Actually: Recommend discussing use of testosterone supplements such as Test Boost Elite with your primary care provider -as some do not deliver what they promise. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetes patient. Don't take medicines. Manage with HIIT workouts and diet control (today's FBS is 90). can I build muscle w resistant training?

I'm a diabetes patient. Don't take medicines. Manage with HIIT workouts and diet control (today's FBS is 90). can I build muscle w resistant training?

Yes: Great work on keeping your sugar down with a healthy diet and exercise. Yes, you can build muscle with resistance training and it will help you better manage your sugars. Keep up the great work! ...Read more

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How can I build muscle on my legs and arms?

How can I build muscle on my legs and arms?

Weight training: Weight training is the best way to add muscle. If you do not have experience with appropriate techniques then I would seek out a good personal trainer at your local gym. ...Read more

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How can I build muscle in my thigh/buttock area to get a better butt?

How can I build muscle in my thigh/buttock area to get a better butt?

Toning: Tone thighs w plie, squat, wall squat, ball squat, plyometric squat, stair steps, lunges, lunges w dumbbells, ball squeeze ; single leg circle. ** exercises to tone your butt include plie, dumbell squats, squat w kick-back, single leg front raises, toe taps, . ...Read more

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How can I build muscle energy? My muscles are weak, often I have knots, I'm fatigued easily. I'm still young and have lots to do and see.

Muscle fatigue: See a neurologist to find out why you have this muscle fatigue and knots. If all is clear after testing and blood work, start working out with a personal trainer to learn how to work your muscles the correct way. Take care. ...Read more

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How can one build muscle?

How can one build muscle?

Increase muscle work: You can build muscle by lifting heavy objects or weights. Try to do at least 8-10 reps odf the repetive lifting. This muscle work will cause microtears that will build muscle. Supplement your muscle work with essential Amino Acids to build strong muscle. ...Read more

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What can I do to build muscle?

What can I do to build muscle?

Resistance: Muscle will naturally bulk if you work it daily to its maximum capacity (3x/week, three sets of ten reps of your maximum). Some men build muscle much more readily than others, but whatever's natural foryou will look great. Losing bodyfat dieting and doing cardio will show off the muscles you have ("ripped"); most women prefer a lean man with good but not enormous muscles. ...Read more

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How do you build muscle quickly?

How do you build muscle quickly?

Can't: Takes time. weight training and increasing protein intake are the only ways to do it. Slow process. ...Read more

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What is a good way to build muscle?

What is a good way to build muscle?

MANY: Eat lots of proteins.....Work out at least 3 times a week.....Don't go crazy but make a life style change....A bit at a time.....Most important is sustaining good habits rather than changing all together temperoary.... ...Read more

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Best way to build muscle? What should I do?

Best way to build muscle? What should I do?

Exercise: Best way to build muscle is to exercise muscles, best coordinated by a certified trainer who can guide you on a weight training program specific for your body. A certified nutritionist (dietician) can assist u in a proper diet that will provide the 'right' calories u need to maintain your weight lifting (and cardio) program. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to build muscle?

What is the most effective way to build muscle?

Resistence training: To build muscle, one must challenge the muscle to the point of failure. This will cause change in the muscle anatomy to enlarge and increase strength. For instance if you want to build stronger biceps, 1-3 sets of arm curls 2-3 times per week. The number of repetitions should be such that you cannot complete the last repetition. Yoga and pilates do not bulk you up but increase muscle endurance. ...Read more

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What is the best way to build muscle and strength?

No single best way: I think that the best way is to find an exercise program of activities that you enjoy.
Then, I would try to do it three times a week with days off in between. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to ...Read more