Negative Energy Balance or Energy Deficit in Restrictive Eating Disorders

In this podcast I explain negative energy balance (energy deficit) in restrictive eating disorders. I talk about what it actually is, how it is different in a person with an eating disorder compared to a person without an eating disorder, and how if feels.

Energy deficit is important to understand as it helps us figure out why something that feels really good for us can actually be very bad for us. In order to recover, sufferers have to learn to resist the lure of negative energy balance and the soothing aspects of it. While this creates anxiety and uncomfortableness at first, it is an important aspect of recovery.

Understanding the mechanisms behind restrictive eating disorders can help us figure out what we need to do in order to overcome them.


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  1. This was a really interesting listen, thanks so much! I am about 6 weeks into my recovery and I’m starting to feel a lot better and am curious about when that energy deficit lure will finally go away. It’s better, but I can still feel it close by. Thanks for giving me motivating to keep eating! I also really liked your point about the fitness trap – I’ve never thought of it that way, and just assumed that one *must* exercise every day. I’ve given up formal exercise and instead have been putting my energy into some long neglected house cleaning and it does feel a lot better!