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Overshoot Weight Gain in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery

Overshoot Weight Gain in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery

Understanding Overshoot Weight Gain in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery


In the complex journey of recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, a phenomenon known as overshoot weight gain may emerge, leaving many individuals perplexed and sometimes discouraged. Overshoot weight gain refers to the process where the body, after a period of undernourishment, overexercising and/or disordered eating, surpasses its previous weight by a margin during the recovery phase. While this occurrence can be disconcerting, it's crucial to comprehend its significance in the broader context of achieving full physical and psychological healing.


Will you overshoot? You may. You may not. This is really up to your body. Continue reading to find out more.



Overshoot  - Evolutionary Roots and Insights


To delve into this concept, let's first explore its evolutionary roots. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment, a landmark study conducted on young men during World War II, provides valuable insights. In this experiment, participants underwent deliberate starvation to investigate the effects on both body and mind. Upon reintroduction to a nourishing diet, many of these men experienced an overshoot in weight, sometimes exceeding their pre-study weight by approximately 10 percent. This overshoot phenomenon, observed in a controlled setting, underscores a fundamental principle: the body's innate drive to safeguard against future periods of scarcity by accumulating reserves during times of abundance.


Overshoot  and the Set Point Theory


But why does overshooting occur, and what does it entail for individuals on the path to Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery? Understanding overshoot necessitates a grasp of the set point theory, which posits that each person has a genetically predetermined weight range that the body strives to maintain for optimal functioning. This theory emphasizes the diversity of human bodies and dismisses the notion of a singular ideal weight. Just like your height, the size of your hands and feet, or the color of your hair, your body decides what you look like! In essence, overshoot weight gain serves as a mechanism for the body to restore equilibrium, signaling the completion of a healing journey characterized by nourishment, restoration, and trust between body and mind.



Overshoot Weight Gain in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery


The duration of overshoot weight gain varies for each individual, contingent upon factors such as metabolic rate, nutritional status, and psychological resilience. Yet, it's imperative to recognize that overshoot weight serves a purpose beyond mere numerical fluctuations. It signifies the body's attempt to repair internal imbalances and replenish depleted reserves, laying the groundwork for sustained health, fertility and return of your period.

After making significant progress in your Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Recovery journey, you may feel the urge to surrender to the pressure to lose weight once more. This reversal of progress would be deeply regrettable. Despite your commendable efforts to confront your Hypothalamic Amenorrhea both physically and mentally, and despite being on the brink of complete healing by embracing overshoot weight gain, all your hard work would  be nullified the moment you embark on weight loss once again.


While the journey of overshoot weight gain in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery may be challenging and uncomfortable, it's crucial  to trust in your body's wisdom and resilience. Resisting the urge to interfere with the natural healing process is key to achieving full recovery. Will you overshoot? You may. You may not. This is really up to your body. All you have to do is make it trust you by continuously give it the energy it needs. And it will take care of the rest.


I hope this knowledge will help with sitting through the discomfort of overshoot in Hypothalamic Amenorrhea recovery. Remember, you are not alone in this journey.



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Recovery alone

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