EXERCISING DURING WEIGHT RESTORATION —————————
for all of you asking “should i be exercising when i’m still underweight” or saying “well i only want to gain in muscle so i’m just going to exercise”- DONT DO IT
yes, i understand that some people play intense and highly competitive sports that you can’t take a break from (i did too), but if you are able to take a break i’m telling you- it is best for your body in the long run.
although i had been taken out of all sports by spring of last year, i exercised until i went inpatient, where i was forced to sit all day. i then started exercising in secret each day for my first couple of weeks there. convinced my doctors were just trying to make me fat, i thought that by exercising, i would be able to only gain in muscle, and as a bonus, slow down the weight gain. i thought i was SO smart. hahaha well guess what i wasn’t. i stopped exercising there only because i was so paranoid someone would catch me (i’m honestly surprised they didn’t). that’s when i realized that me putting in all the effort had a very small effect on how fast i was gaining weight, and i just accepted the weight gain process. it wasn’t until i discharged and i began learning more about recovery that i discovered just how much damage i could have done to my body if i kept exercising. so here is why, if you are in the weight restoration process, you SHOULD NOT be exercising-
exercising in recovery doesn’t allow your body to heal. let’s talk in energy terms. say you are eating 3000, which you should be in weight restoration, but you are exercising and burning x calories a day. that means your body isn’t actually getting 3000 calories, it’s getting 3000-x. instead of using those calories to repair your body, now that 3000 is just going towards your daily functions and exercise, since there is now no extra for repairing your metabolism and organs.
what does this mean?
well, it means that although you may still be gaining weight, your body’s insides arent actually healing. so when you get to your set point, your metabolism still won’t be fully repaired and your organs won’t either, and you’ll most likely end up having to overshoot (contd in comments)