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Posted: 15 Jun 2013, 22:23
I am new here, but I have read a few things. You all seem knowledgeable by experience and I was wondering if you could help me out, or at least break things down for me.

I am 18, I weight 112lbs. I would like to maintain this, well more like I want to tone super badly. For a long time I was obsessive about cardio, where I'd do hours of it and it cut my weight but left me rather boney. I also was eating below what I was supposed to and I made sure to work it all off. I was on about 500-700 calories a day. (I know that's awful, I have recently been getting better at staying above 1000 and now being above 1200 at least)

The thing I need support on is just that though. I am, or was, borderline anorexic? If there is such thing. Where I would try to eat the right foods to keep up my nutrition but would get scared as hell once I reached 1000 calories. I don't over exert myself to cardio anymore, I only keep it elevated for 30 minutes, 5-6 times a week to strength train. I go to curves, but I also walk and use my own resistance bands and body weight to tone more. I round that off to be like 300 calories give or take.

I just feel that because I am eating more, that I will gain back fat instead of muscle.like this past week it's been like this:

I ate 1700 calories, worked out. (Curves, walked)
I ate 1600 calories, worked out. (Curves)
I ate 1400 calories, worked out. (Curves)
I ate 1300 calories, worked out. (Walked, did a few shoulder presses with my bands)
And today I've had 1400 but I've barely worked out. I just did a couple squats and pushups. I do these like everyday.

Should I be eating more to get my toning... or is staying within this okay? It says my BMR is 1274 but I don't see how it's that high. My BMI is 20. SO I am healthy, but just... I don't know.

There are probably a million posts like this, but I would really like some tips. Thank you guys so much <3

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Posted: 16 Jun 2013, 04:35
If you are 18 and weigh 112, stop! you are eating fine , from the 1 day you posted. good healthy foods. Slow down on the cardio and maybe start some weight training, build your muscle up, get toned. The more muscle you have the more calories burned during the day. I do understand your fear of slipping into the anorexic mindset, you have to fight that, get up every day and say positive things about yourself to yourself. Positivie thinking is 1/2 the battle. good luck, and msg me if you want to chat.
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Posted: 16 Jun 2013, 07:10
You sound like you have low level Body Dsymorphia in that your self image is slightly off, I think many people have that to a degree, which probably explains a lot about anorexics & body builders.

in the long run all that really matters Is health, don't become obsessive about it you are only 18 and have your whole life ahead of you.

step back and look at the bigger picture

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