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Dear Laurie Beebe,
       I know it was not a healthy decision, but having been eating disordered for years, it seemed like the only solution to me. After gaining weight from a pregnancy, I decided to crash diet to lose the weight; eating between 400 and 800 calories a day. I have reached the weight I am comfortable with now, but have no idea how to eat as it has always been a fear and I am worried about the starvation response and the possible slowing of my metabolism. I calculated my BMR to be a little over 1300 calories, should I begin to eat this amount at once, or stagger my calories back up to that number slowly to maintain weight. If I were to stagger those calories, by how much and in what time frame to achieve weight maintenance?

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Hi Victoria,
I'm so sorry to hear of your long-time ED. They say this never goes away, but can be controlled...so I'm thinking even if you had the answer to a number of calories, it wouldn't be a great help. The fear and obsessive thinking does not go away on it's own.

I strongly suggest you consider treatment with a specialist. I won't personally consult with someone with an eating disorder unless they are in therapy because I don't want to contribute to an already ever-present focus on what to eat.

Let me know if I can help you find a good resource in your area. For you and your baby, I hope you get healthy, both physically and emotionally!

I wish you good luck and good health :)
Laurie

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

Expertise

As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

Experience

I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

Organizations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

Publications
Livestrong.com, Glamour.com, Ezinearticles.com, Ehow.com, Today's Dietitian

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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