Do I need to gain weight to restore my period?

When it comes to eating disorders, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and disordered eating, weight gain is often the barrier that keeps people in recovery or delays them from getting there. Many people say they want recovery, but the idea of having to gain weight is too overwhelming, scary, or unimaginable.

Is it necessary to gain weight in order for hypothalamic amenorrhea to be treated? Or can you lose your period without gaining any extra weight?

Why do you lose your period so often?

Hypothalamic amenorrhea is when your hypothalamus, a gland in the brain responsible for your menstrual cycle, tells your body that it needs to reduce or stop the production of reproductive hormones in order to conserve energy for other vital bodily functions. Basically, your body isn’t getting enough energy to support all its necessary processes, so it has to pick and choose which ones to prioritise.

This could be due to disordered eating, low energy availability, inadequate nutrition or intake, exercise excessively, or stress. It may be a combination of several of these factors.

Who can this happen?

It is important to remember that any BodyHA can affect anyone of any size or shape. If you’re under-fuelling your body, regardless of how large or small, underweight or not, your body is, you can absolutely lose your period as a result.

Recovery is all about restoring and nurturing your body…

Hypothalamic amenorrhea recovery focuses on helping your body recover from the damage and deprivation caused by long periods of diet and/or exercise.

And guess what… You need to be providing it with adequate energy in order for this restoration to happen.

The most important part of recovery is ensuring you’re eating enough to support your body’s recovery and optimal function, and learning how to continue this way of living in the long-term.

Consistency and consistency are key. When you commit to recovery, you say goodbye to food rules, diets, “cutting” and “shredding”, depriving yourself, needing to earn or burn off your food. You can eat enough and eat what you want. This is known as food freedom.

During the process of recovery, often your body requires a greater energy intake than you’d need once you’ve “fully recovered”. This could look like requiring around 2,500 calories per day as a minimum, including on days you’re not exercising whatsoever. Although it may seem like a lot, it is necessary to restore your body’s health and happiness.

This usually involves losing weight.

So weight gain It isWhat is the requirement?

Weight restoration is often a key component of recovering your period. It is also known as weight restoration. RestorationThis is because this change in your body is just bringing you back to YourHealthy weight is a healthy weight at which your body can continue to function. AllIts critical functions and processes, such as menstruation, are all included.

And it’s important to note that everyone’s “healthy weight” is entirely unique and individual to them. So one person’s optimal weight might be significantly higher or lower than the next person, and that’s okay!

If you’re completely focused on avoiding weight gain during recovery, you might find you regain your period for one or two cycles thanks to the reduction in overall stress you’re putting on your mind and body, as well as the reduction in your exercise intensity, but it’s unlikely you’ll continue to experience a healthy period in the long term.

It all boils down to: Your body needs to be at a level that allows it to function properly and feels its best. You should be able to feel your best. Not requiredYour body should have some fat to prevent your body from going into survival mode and conserving energy. Not only does your body halt menstruation when it’s in such a state of low energy availability, it also means you’ll feel lethargic, fatigued and lacking in energy and concentration at the same time. That is not how you want to live your daily life.

Recovery from HA depends on your body having enough energy to repair itself and all its functions. This includes switching your hypothalamus back on and your menstrual cycle on again. However, your weight and bodyfat are often key pieces of the puzzle. You will need to eat more, increase your energy intake, improve the relationship with food, decrease the intensity of movement, and embrace rest. You will also notice a change in your body weight.

If you’re struggling with the idea of weight gain in recovery, know that you’re not alone. Particularly given we’re taught that our worth is so intrinsically tied up in our appearance and our bodies, it can be a very challenging and confronting idea to grapple with for many of us.

Ask yourself, “Why are you doing this?” What are you doing to recover? What are you going to gain? Weight, yes, but also freedom, presence, connection, spontaneity, a broader view of the world, more time, more energy… The list is endless. Weight loss is one benefit of recovery. But the other benefits are more important. SoIt is a great investment.

Truth is, you are much more than your body. 

So if you’re ready to do the work, confront your reluctance towards weight gain, and fully commit to recovery and healing your relationship with food and your body, you’ve come to the right place! Join us for our next round of Healing HATo make lasting behavioral change and regain control of your life and your power,

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