If you haven’t read the Part 1 of this article, then it is recommended that you do so first before reading this one. The first article is all about Exercise Bulimia, in general. This writeup discusses the risks of the suffering from the disorder, recovery suggestions, and relevant questions with answers about the issue.
The behaviors might get downplayed or even flat out denied by the person who is trying to sustain them. — Lisa Ferentz LCSW-C, DAPA
Exercise bulimia is not that hard to spot – excessive exercise, obsession with body image and body weight, constant checking of calories in food, losing weight drastically, erratic behavior – always wanting to work out, depression, and anxiety – these are just some of the signs. If you partner is displaying such symptoms, get help as soon as possible.
What Are The Risks Of Exercise Bulimia?
Exercise bulimia, just like purging, poses life-threatening issues to the body. Below are some effects of the disorder:
Negative Impact On The Heart. Ideally, exercising should only last for a maximum of 50 minutes in a day. Pushing the limits will decrease the heart’s pumping ability. It will then lead to cardiovascular problems.
Because patients deny the severity of their condition they cannot accept the effects of malnutrition on heart, brain, organ and bone health. — Judy Scheel Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CEDS
Weakened Immune System. A hard workout can cause respiratory problems, and the treatment is prolonged since the body is stressed out.
Weakened Bones And Joints. People who exercise more than the recommended time is prone to getting bone fractures and torn joints.
Damage To Internal Organs. When the person is regularly stressed and restless, the toxins and free radicals that get inside the body can cause severe injuries to the organs.
Muscle Wear And Tear. Body ache is experienced due to strained tendons, ligaments, and muscles. If there is no rest state, the body can’t heal properly.
Vitamins And Mineral Deficiencies. Over-exercising depletes the nutrients and eventually causes complications.
Increased Food Cravings OrBinging. After every hard workout, the human body has this great urge to consume sugar. If this need is not met, it can lead to binge-eating.
What Steps Can I Take To Recover From Exercise Bulimia?
Get Professional Help. You can ask help from friends and family for support. There is a support group for people with exercise bulimia. You can find it online or within your community. It is also necessary to seek professional psychiatric help.
Practice Rest And Self-Care. Take care of yourself. Get into a healthy lifestyle and take adequate rest.
Manage Stress. Find other ways to manage your stress. There are numerous ways on how to do it like a spa day, reading a book, journaling, coffee time with your girls, and a lot more.
Ease Your Mind. Accept that at this point, over-exercising will do no good for you. From now on, you need to look at your purpose of being healthy from a positive angle.
Reduce the amount of time you spend working out. Lessen the time you spend exercising. Gradually do this until you are coping with the idea of liking your body image and loving yourself.
The truth is: weight is a lousy indication of health. — Alexis Conason Psy.D.
Do I Have To Stop Working Out Entirely To Recover?
If you want a full recovery from exercise bulimia, then you need to have a new and fresh outlook towards health and food. Exercising is part a person’s healthy lifestyle habits. You just have to do it accordingly without binge-eating and feeling guilty.
Will I Gain Weight If I Stop Exercising?
Gaining weight is a possibility since you will be eating more food and lessening your exercise hours. The body will have to readjust its function, and the metabolism will soon pick up. Just go on with your healthy lifestyle and don’t go overboard again with your exercise. In time, your healthy weight and body will emerge.
Is A Full Recovery Possible?
Yes, it is possible. The moment you accept your body image and do something positive about it, you can achieve full recovery. You just have to listen to others and submit yourself to treatment if you want to get better.
Exercise bulimia is manageable, but then you need to prepare yourself for the long and painful road. It takes dedication and discipline to get through this mental health condition.