The highlights of weight restoration

In my post entitled RED-S and the reality of weight restoration, I spoke about the more challenging aspects of weight restoration. Not because I wanted to put people off it, but to manage expectations and make people realise that it isn’t a walk in the park. Having said that, though, I think it’s equally important to highlight the (numerous) positives of weight restoration. Hopefully this will serve as motivation for those of you that may be struggling!

N.B. Since I’m female, some of these benefits probably won’t apply to the men out there – but I’m sure there are posts with specifically male outcomes too!

Hair

Recently, I’ve received a lot of compliments about my hair. People asking how I have waves that aren’t frizzy or limp. And the truth is, it’s thanks to restoring my weight. Before embarking on my weight restoration journey, my hair was lacklustre, brittle and – quite frankly – not very pretty. Now, without sounding arrogant, I am happy with how glossy my hair has become. How strong it feels, and the fact that it no longer falls out 24/7 (trust me, every time I washed my hair, it was as if a rat had fallen out of my head!). Losing all my hair no longer feels like a looming possibility. Moreover, I don’t have to wash my hair so often anymore; it seems to just take care of itself. So, in restoring your weight, you can (probably – everybody is different) look forward to thicker, glossier and more manageable hair.

Skin

Another aesthetic one, but my skin has cleared up and become much softer since reaching a healthier weight. Now, I don’t want to set unrealistic expectations for you; I’ve never had particularly problematic or acne-prone skin. However, I’ve had fewer breakouts, and my skin isn’t dry or flaky anymore. It feels smoother and definitely glows more!

cute selfie from Brighton beach
Curves

As a result of under-fuelling for an extended period of time, I had basically suppressed my femininity. By this I mean that I lacked those “feminine curves” that most women achieve through puberty. I’m not implying that I’ve suddenly gone up three cup-sizes, because I still do a fair amount of sport, regularly, and most athletes don’t have huge busts, but they have definitely grown. Sorry if this is too much information, but let’s just say there’s been a “grapes to lemons” transition 😜.

clovie hiding said lemons xox
Muscle

I now find it a lot easier to grow muscle and notice those #gains which I work pretty hard for in the gym. If you under-fuel, it’s pretty difficult to grow muscle. That much is obvious. However, until you allow yourself to eat the volume you need in order to thrive, you won’t fully realise this. More specifically, I have been growing my peach and filling out my jeans/ skirts/ shorts. And that never hurts anyone 😉

Energy levels

Although I’ve mentioned this before, I thought I’d reiterate, since it’s such a bonus. Especially if you’re sporty. I might not be back running properly yet, but increasing my energy availability means that I’m able to smash my cross-training sessions. Obviously there are lots of factors that affect energy levels, including hormones (yay!), lifestyle and sleep, but restoring my weight has meant that I no longer experience bone-weary exhaustion.


Quite a short post from me today (at least, by my standards), but I hope you’ve found it useful nonetheless. Weight restoration is tough, but it is SO worth it.

Emma ♥♥