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#1 skinny-ever-after



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:07 PM

Something I've seen on here a couple times. But what happens when you purge everything you eat, you're basically not eating anything, therefore starving yourself so why wouldn't you lose weight? Even if some calories get absorbed before you get rid of it, that's still hardly anything. So am I right? If you purge everything you eat you'll still lose weight? Especially if you have a lot of weight to lose...

The thoughts I'm thinking aren't safe and I'm probably killing myself

but I honestly don't care anymore. 


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 08:20 PM

Purging* tends to lead to binging. At first, when you've just started, it will probably help you lose weight quite well. Purging combined with restricting will also work. However, if you regutaly b/p, in many cases, you will gain weight instead of losing it. It's also really unhealthy, but so is starving. The difference is just that starving works better than purging and is a way safer bet (purely in terms of not digesting any/too many calories).



*By purging, I mean throwing up. Exercise, laxatives and post-binge fasting also counts as purging, but what I meant here was vormiting. Overexercising will definitely help you lose a ton of weight, but it also tires you out and is not healthier than any other ED behaviour. Laxatives don't really work and post-binge fasting wil at best help you maintain but no serious weight loss can be expected.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:26 PM

^^ this. It's really the b/p that gets you.

If it helps here is some math (I'm a dork): let's say on a binge day you eat 6,000 calories (because its possible and it makes the math nice) and you purge all of what you ate. Well you still absorb some of it, lets say 1/3 to 1/2 of the calories are absorbed dispute purging. Then you've eaten 2,000 to 3,000 calories effectively. Definitely going to gain weight!

Even if you don't have that many calories in your binge it still adds up to way more than you would eat while restricting.
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

I've been meaning to post about this!

I've been purging pretty bad lately, but not really bingeing and still eating healthy food for the most part.


I have been losing weight still, but I can tell its tearing my throat the fuck up so I still wanna take a break >.<

Its kind of comforting knowing that if I eat a huge chicken salad (still not that many cals) and feel the need to throw it up, I'm not going to gain because of it.


And as far as the math goes, yoyo seems pretty spot on, but I read somewhere that you absorb 20% of an effective B/P.  To be safe, when I do my calorie count I double it and say 40%, and when I've genuinely binged, its still a fuckton! lol




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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:44 PM

Yeah, for a while I would eat up to 500 calories a day and purge everything I ate. Destroyed my voice, lost a lot of hair, happiness, and of course weight. I got down to 79 but I had to stop because I literally thought I was going to die. So yes, you loose weight if you don't binge, but it's still not worth it.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 09:46 PM

It helps you and it doesn't. For instance, I've lost 40 pounds since I started purging. Then again, I don't really binge. I just eat maybe two meals a day (I eat too much during these meals; about 800-1200 calories) and I purge them both. Then again, whenever I stop purging, I tend to gain a lot of weight.


So yea, it does help. But it's not really worth it.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:25 AM

But if you dont binge but eat normally and purge after every time you eat you will lose weight

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 03:28 AM

I hit 90 lbs by binging and purging on over 30,000 calories a day.


wasn't worth it though

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:50 AM

i've been binging and purging regularly since my relapse, 3 years ago, and the only time i gain weigh is when i cut the purging. otherwise i am shredding pounds steadily (also i'm severely underweight) so it varies from body to body. 

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

when I initially started b/p (binges being well over 2000 calories & purging referring to vomiting) I gained weight bc I wasn't purging up until the "bile"/empty point. once I hit my year mark of b/p I FINALLY learned to purge "all the way" and began to lose weight while also b/p.

I really think the people who gain from b/p just aren't getting it all up.
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Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

^^ this. It's really the b/p that gets you.

If it helps here is some math (I'm a dork): let's say on a binge day you eat 6,000 calories (because its possible and it makes the math nice) and you purge all of what you ate. Well you still absorb some of it, lets say 1/3 to 1/2 of the calories are absorbed dispute purging. Then you've eaten 2,000 to 3,000 calories effectively. Definitely going to gain weight!

Even if you don't have that many calories in your binge it still adds up to way more than you would eat while restricting.

I heard that if you throw up everything and you see it right away you won't absorb any of the calories since digestion happens in the small intestine. There are some girls who eat 5,000~10,000 calorie a day and lose weight/maintain. It depends if you throw it all up or not.


Oh geez I just realized that this post is from 2013. Oops.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 07:53 PM

^^ this. It's really the b/p that gets you.

If it helps here is some math (I'm a dork): let's say on a binge day you eat 6,000 calories (because its possible and it makes the math nice) and you purge all of what you ate. Well you still absorb some of it, lets say 1/3 to 1/2 of the calories are absorbed dispute purging. Then you've eaten 2,000 to 3,000 calories effectively. Definitely going to gain weight!

Even if you don't have that many calories in your binge it still adds up to way more than you would eat while restricting.

There are people on here who have bmis of 13/14 that bp 20-30,000 cals a day, and are still losing.
I don't think there are any solid numbers or percentages when it comes to purging..
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Posted 27 July 2014 - 02:46 AM

I never could really understand why, but I've never lost a considerable amount of weight purging in the years that I've done it… I purge everything, and I rarely even binge, so I don't know, it seems like I should have. I do have PCOS though, which tends to make weight loss almost impossible, so maybe it's a bit of an anomaly… my weight just tended to be pretty static. Didn't gain, but also didn't lose. Purging for me didn't start as an attempt to control my weight though, it was just a self-destructive behavior that I latched onto.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:16 AM

I never had to binge to purge I would eat fairly normal amount of food and purge. I also restricted. I lost weight and maintained it by purging....exercise, vomiting

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:51 AM

It can as long as you do it right away to get all calories out and not having binges that big so there isn't much to purge!
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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:59 AM

WTF, how did this resurrect? :P Idc, i just hate it when drama posts are revived! This one seems harmless :) 



I have lost about 7 lbs in the last 2 weeks via purging. The trick is to not make you binges huge. Also, i weigh myself before a binge and then make sure I get back down to the weight via purging. 



If you get it mostly out, then you will totally loose weight. Talk to someone diagnosed with anorexia subtype b/p :P


In my experience, it is not as fast but still reliable


Before I get any hate, purging is dangerous and comes with a host of medical consequences. But it does work...  

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 09:34 AM

It all depends on what type of bulimic you are. 


I do subjective (under 3,000 cal but a lot for me) binges and purge it all several times a day and have lost around 25 lbs. I also do basically what OP described and purged everything I ate making me hungry and thus binge and then purge that. Some bulimics gain because their binges are too big and they couldn't purge it all or they only purge once a day. 

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:20 AM

Also, think about how much energy (cals burned) it takes to purge, and your body trying to repair itself after.  I've never figured out how many cals purging burns.

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

Also, think about how much energy (cals burned) it takes to purge, and your body trying to repair itself after. I've never figured out how many cals purging burns.

Me too! My legs and stomach always hurt and I get sweaty sometimes....it must count as exercise! Bulimia abs anyone?


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Posted 27 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

Well, to be fair, a lot of people say that to scare others.
It's not something definite that you will lose weight by purging though. People who do lose weight clearly get everything up. Or maybe they don't binge and then purge, maybe they eat only a little or the amount of a normal person and then get rid of that.
Others may think they got all the food up, but calories are still absorbed and not everything makes it up. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, it just won't come up. Depends what you've eaten, and it also depends how much you've eaten. If you binge on 5000+ calories, that may take a while and some of the food will be digested pretty much.
Oh, and then there's that terrifying time when you realize... you can't purge. Basically, your gag reflex is dead for a while and you've probably binged HARD and have no way of fixing that. It is so scary lol.
But basically, it's different for everyone. No one is the same. Some people lose, some people maintain, some people even gain. It all just depends.


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