- RULES, RULES, RULES. This is important. You need to set rules for yourself, and if you are truly ana, you will have no problem sticking to them because you are STRONG! Rules are everything. Examples: Don’t eat anything white. Do not, under any circumstances, eat after 6:00. Don’t eat before 3:00. Cut each bite into x amount of pieces, chew x amount of times. Do not eat anything that has over 3 grams of fat. Make your own and keep adding to them.
- Ana must be the center of your life.
- Drink a full glass of water before you eat and then sip a full glass between bites, you’ll get full much faster. Remember it takes 20 minutes for the brain to realize the stomach is full.
- Eat denser food because it feels like more. Light and fluffy foods compact in your digestive tract and you will feel hungry soon after.
- Take out only the amount of food you plan to eat and don’t allow seconds.
- Think before you eat. Don’t eat while distracted (TV, etc). Stop and consider if you really want to eat that then consciously give yourself permission.
- 4 100-calorie meals is better than one 400-calorie meal.
- Never eat anything bigger than about a cup, your stomach will expand and you’ll get hungry more. If you need to, eat more frequently, not bigger amounts.
- Slim-Fast and other “healthy” bars and shakes have more carbs and calories than in the meal they’re intended to replace. Stay away.
- Drink at least a glass of water every hour. It’s better for weight loss to sip throughout the day than to chug a full glass (except before eating, in which case it can make you eat less, or make you slightly nauseous so you don’t want to eat at all). Try keeping a water bottle somewhere you’ll see it a lot, like every 10-20 minutes, and take a drink from it every time you see it/notice it.
- Drink up to a shot of apple cider vinegar before eating, it’s supposed to minimize fat absorption. Also speeds metabolism and can help curb cravings. Drinking more than a shot causes a vague nausea which helps suppress appetite.
- Ice or gum are good food substitutes. Celery works too if you’re really hungry.
- Use small, dark colored plates. Dark blue or black makes you eat less, and smaller plates and utensils cause you to take smaller portions from the start.
- Make a list of “bad” foods. Periodically, cross one of the list and pledge to never, ever eat it again. Eventually there will be none left.
- Eat in front of a mirror, naked or in underwear if possible. If you can’t, carry a picture of yourself in a revealing outfit and look at it when you want to eat. When you have cravings pinch your fat and look at your problem areas, don’t add to them!
- Eat a lot of fiber for digestive health and low calories.
- Create a methodical routine for eating. Cut food into tiny pieces, count your bites and the number of times you chew, set your utensils down between bites, and sip water between bites. Add other rules or rituals of your own.
- Eat higher-calorie items earlier in the day so you have more time to burn them off; if you eat late eat light or it will be more likely to be stored as fat due to inactivity. Try not to eat too late, sleep burns calories and is a good opportunity to burn fat with little effort. The body must burn through all digesting food before taking energy from stored food (fat).
- When you go out, take very little money or only enough to buy whatever non-food item you plan on buying. This will make it harder to buy food on impulse.
- Don’t take bites, either from others’ food or while cooking, as the calories add up surprisingly fast and you may not realize how much extra you’re taking in.
- Write down everything you eat and its calories. This will make you think before eating and also make you more aware of how much food and calories you are actually consuming. You can also write down other things such as how you’re feeling, who you’re with, place, time, and why you chose to eat it, this will help you track patterns in your eating behavior.
- Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it when you want to eat. Food = pain.
- Set a time you cannot eat past. 6:00 or 7:00pm are good choices. This is especially helpful if you are prone to night binging. Then make a rule that you cannot eat before 6:00 or 7:00AM, this is like having a 12-hr fast every day.
- You shouldn’t eat for at least 3 hours before going to bed. The extra hours will help burn off the calories. If you eat soon before sleeping, you absorb more calories due to inactivity and you put on weight.
- Have a peppermint or peppermint tea. Peppermint decreases hunger.
- Brush your teeth when you want to eat. The clean feeling and mint aftertaste will put you off food.
- Press on your stomach when it grumbles. TUMS also stop stomach growling and have calcium.(5 calories a piece so be careful!)
- Carry a list of all the reasons you want to be thin and avoid food. Look at it when you want to eat to remind yourself why you won’t. Or, write a new list every time you want to eat. It’ll distract you, postpone eating, and thinking of the reasons will inspire you.
- Cut a ribbon the size you want your waist to be. wrap and tie it around your wrist like a bracelet. Every time you look at it you’ll be reminded of your goals. When you’re tempted, take it off and wrap it around your waist. See how close you are, or how far you have to go, and resist the temptation.
- Always leave at least one bite of food on your plate. This will help you to be able to stop eating and prevent binges. It will also stop you from compulsively finishing portions even when you have eaten enough.
- Save $1 for every meal you don’t eat, then use the money to buy yourself a non-food present.
- Friends will only get in the way. Avoid them until you reach your goals.
- Never eat in secret. This is a terrible habit that leads to compulsive binging. If you wouldn’t eat it in front of all your friends you shouldn’t be eating it at all! Also if you only eat around other people they will know that you do eat and assume you eat alone as well, thus lessening suspicion that you have an ED.
- Never eat out of a box or jar. Always eat from a plate or bowl. This will help you in several ways: You will see how much you are really eating; you can determine in advance how much you will eat and not go back for seconds; using a small plate or bowl will make you eat even less; you can count/measure out an exact serving and know the accurate amount of calories you are consuming.
- Give clothes to Goodwill as they get too big for you. Don’t keep them around “just in case.”
- If you live alone, put thinspo and/or reverse thinspo pictures on the pantry and refrigerator. A mirror works well too.
- When you have hunger pangs, picture your stomach eating away your fat, and that what you feel is the feeling of thinness and your fat burning away.
- Coffee is an appetite suppressant. Drink it black or with Splenda or other no-calorie sweetener.
- Count your bites, and the number of times you chew them. Plan in advance how many bites you can have. Then make them smaller or use smaller utensils.
- Paint your nails so you can’t eat until the polish dries. Teeth whitening strips are good too.
- Drink water before eating. If you’re still hungry, drink green tea or broth. If you still need to eat, you’ll eat less than you would have.
- Eat low-calorie foods with strong flavors. Sometimes you’re craving taste, not food. For bouillon, use less water than is recommended. Peppermints, pickles, peppers, and mustard are good choices.
- Do not eat anything unless you know the exact amount of calories in it.
- Chew gum while cooking. That way you can’t take bites while it is cooking, and you won’t want to eat it once it’s done.
- Keep food out of sight, not sitting out, and stay away from food and the kitchen to keep your mind off it.
- Keep a pocket thinspo in your wallet with your cash so you won’t spend money on food.
- For sweet cravings, lick a chopstick and dip it into a diet Swiss Miss pack.
- Write your current weight on one hand, and your goal weight on the other. When you go to eat, you’ll be reminded how fat you are, and how skinny you could be.
- The Four D’s:
Distance yourself from food.
Decide what your goals really are.
- Green tea raises metabolism and is very good for the skin and overall health. Drink it in the morning to increase metabolism for the day. Add lemon to make it more effective and to add a detoxifying aspect.
- Hot water with lemon is another good morning drink.
- Spicy foods raise metabolism, if you don’t like them you can take cayenne pepper capsules available in supplement section of drugstores or health food stores.
- Drinking apple cider vinegar is said to raise metabolism, have a few tablespoons, can also be mixed in water (with lemon would be best) or used as salad dressing.
- Start the morning with stretching to wake up your muscles, the morning is also the best time to exercise because your body will use stored food (fat) as fuel instead of food you ate. It also processes food better throughout the day and gives you more energy if you exercise in the morning.
- Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night, less than this can decrease metabolism by 10% and increase appetite by 15%. You look better and feel better when you have more sleep also if you’re sleeping then you’re not eating!
- Keep good posture, it burns 10% more calories throughout the day. You also look better.
- Vitamin B6 and B12 raise metabolism and give you energy.
- Eating protein increases your metabolic rate by 14%.
Fact and Tip
Fact: You can only purge up to 80% of calories consumed. Tip: Avoid high caloric binges, instead eat things with a greater mass and less calories. Fruits and veggies are always a good choice. Fact: Carbohydrate digestion starts in your mouth. Our salivary glands secrete amylase, which is a digestive enzyme that begins the break down of carbs. Tip:Avoid eating carbohydrates at the beginning of the meal, because you’ll absorb more calories. Save the carbs for desert. Fact: Fat is digested in the small intestines and therefore you feel fuller after eating a high-fat meal. Tip: Eat the fat first because it takes a long time to digest, therefore you’ll absorb less calories than eating carbs first. Beware, fat has twice as many kcals as carbs and proteins. Fact: Laxatives do not affect calorie absorbtion. Most food and calories are digested and absorbed in the small intestines and laxatives only affect the large intestines. Yes, you’ll lose weight, but the weight lost is from water and fecal matter. Tip: Only use laxatives after a large meal that you did not purge afterwards, this way you’ll see the real amount of weight gained instead of the fecal matter gained.
Activities Calorie Counter
30 minutes of these activities for a 120 lb person, will burn:
Aerobics, low impact: 158
Aerobics, high impact: 202
Aerobics, Step low impact: 202
Aerobics, Step high impact: 288
Aerobics, water: 115
Bicycling, Stationery, moderate: 202
Bicycling, Stationery, vigorous: 302
Calisthenics, vigorous: 230
Calisthenics, moderate: 130
Circuit Training, general: 230
Elliptical Trainer, general: 259
Riders: general (ie., HealthRider): 144
Rowing, Stationery, moderate: 202
Rowing, Stationery, vigorous: 245
Ski Machine general: 274
Stair Step Machine general: 173
Stretching, Hatha Yoga: 115
Teaching aerobics: 173
Weight Lifting: general 86
Weight Lifting: vigorous 173
Training and Sport ActivitiesArchery:
Badminton general: 130
Basketball playing a game: 230
Basketball wheelchair: 187
Bicycling BMX or mountain: 245
Bicycling 12-13.9 mph: 230
Bicycling 14-15.9 mph: 288
Bicycling 16-19 mph: 346
Bicycling > 20 mph: 475
Bowling: 86Boxing sparring: 259
Curling: 115Dancing Fast, ballet, twist: 173
Dancing disco, ballroom, square: 158
Dancing slow, waltz, foxtrot: 86
Fencing: 173Football competitive: 259
Football touch, flag, general: 230
Frisbee: 86Golf carrying clubs: 158
Golf using cart: 101
Gymnastics general: 115
Handball general: 346
Hang Gliding: 101
Hiking cross-country: 173
Hockey field & ice: 230
Horseback Riding: general 115
Ice Skating general: 202
Martial Arts judo, karate, kickbox: 288
Race Walking: 187
Racquetball competitive: 288
Racquetball casual, general: 202
Rock Climbing ascending: 317
Rock Climbing rapelling: 230
Rollerblade Skating: 202
Rope Jumping: 288
Running 5 mph (12 min/mile): 230
Running 5.2 mph (11.5 min/mile): 259
Running 6 mph (10 min/mile): 288
Running 6.7 mph (9 min/mile): 317
Running 7.5 mph (8 min/mile): 360
Running 8.6 mph (7 min/mile): 418
Running 10 mph (6 min/mile): 475
Running pushing wheelchair, marathon wheeling: 230
Running cross-country: 259
Scuba or skin diving: 202
Skiing: cross-country: 230
Skiing: downhill: 173
Sledding, luge, toboggan: 202
Snow Shoeing: 230
Soccer general: 202
Softball general play: 144
Swimming general: 173
Swimming laps, vigorous: 288
Swimming backstroke: 230
Swimming breaststroke: 288
Swimming butterfly: 317
Swimming crawl: 317
Swimming treading, vigorous: 288
Tai Chi: 115
Tennis general: 202
Volleyball non-competitive,general play: 86
Volleyball competitive, gymnasium play: 115
Volleyball beach: 230
Walk 3.5 mph (17 min/mi): 115
Walk 4 mph (15 min/mi): 130
Walk 4.5 mph (13 min/mi): 144
Walk/Jog (jog 10 min): 173
Water Skiing: 173
Water Polo: 288
Water Volleyball: 86
Whitewater (rafting, kayaking): 144
Outdoor Activities Carrying &
stacking wood: 144
Chopping & splitting wood: 173
Digging, spading dirt: 144
Gardening (general): 130
Gardening (weeding): 133
Laying sod / crushed rock:144
Mowing Lawn (push, hand): 158
Mowing Lawn (push, power): 130
Operate Snow Blower (walking): 130
Planting seedlings, shrubs: 115
Plant trees: 130
Raking Lawn: 115
Sacking grass or leaves: 115
Shoveling Snow (by hand): 173
Home and Daily Life Activities
Child-care (bathing, feeding, etc.): 101
Child games (hop-scotch, jacks,etc.): 144
Food Shopping (with cart): 101
Heavy Cleaning (wash car, windows): 130
Moving (household furniture): 173
Moving (carrying boxes): 202
Moving (unpacking): 101
Playing w/kids (moderate effort): 115
Playing w/kids (vigorous effort): 144
Reading: sitting: 32
Standing in line: 36
Watching TV: 22
Home Repair/ Auto Repair: 86
Carpentry: (outside) 173
Carpentry: (refinish furniture) 130
Cleaning rain gutters: 144
Hanging storm windows: 144
Lay or remove carpet/tile: 130
Paint house: (outside) 144
Paint, paper, remodel: (inside) 130
Wiring and Plumbing: 86
Carpentry Work: 101
Coaching Sports: 115
Coal Mining: 173
Computer Work: 40
Construction, general: 158
Desk Work: 50
Forestry, general: 230
Heavy Equip. Operator: 72
Heavy Tools, not power: 230
Horse Grooming: 173
Light Office Work: 43
Masseur, standing: 115
Police Officer: 72
Sitting in Class: 50
Sitting in Meetings: 47
Steel Mill: (general) 230
Theater Work: 86
- Load yourself with water. Keep your stomach totally full of water at all times! There is less room for food… obviously!
- Become a vegetarian! Meat is fat and disgusting!
- Fat free chocolate milk is good for sweet cravings.
- Set yourself some rules! If you’re a true Ana, you won’t have any problem following them. Ana girls are strong!!
- Diet pills, they may be dangerous, but you’re not dieting to be healthy. Being thin is more important than anything!
- When you get the urge to snack, clean something, and use lots of chemicals. The smell will curb your appetite
- Chew sugar-free gum. It will make you more hungry at first, but later you’ll get nausea.
- Don’t ever eat out!
- Don’t eat anything you don’t know the nutritional values of!
- Tea helps to calm a hungry belly. It soothes and fills you up.
- Chew your food untill it dissolves
- Drink sparkling water or Crystal Clear, it fills you up more!
* Go on a walk
* Search for health/nutrition info on the net
* Turn up the music and dance
* Clean your house until everything looks untouched
* Read a book or magazine
* Find out about finances and investing
* Find out enough about a national issue to form a strong opinion
* Do that that you were meaning to do for so long
* Rent and follow a yoga or pilates video
* Express yourself creatively
* Wander and browse trough the library
* Read about the toxins and food that build up in the digestive system
* Start writing in a journal about things besides calories
* Make your own, original, unique website
* Have a movie fest
* Volunteer somewhere
* Get a job
* Master your self description
* Play with your pet, they’ll love you!
* Call your grandparents
* Go to howstuffworks.com and find out!
* Exfoliate your entire body
* Think about your life goals and how you’ll reach them
* Make someone a bracelet or neckless
* Read the newspaper, every word of it!
* Stop procrastinating
* Do some extra credit
- Go trough old stuff, throw away everything you never wear/use.
- Mop/dust/vacuum/scrub anything, change bedsheets anything. The harder you work, the more cals you’ll burn! Hobby’s
- Practice or learn to play a music instrument
- Go shopping, you’ll burn cals walking
- Go out for a drink
- Go trough old photo albums
- Make jewellry
- Read a book!
- Have a beauty day!
- Have an extra shower
- Take a very long bath
- Give yourself a mani/pedicure
- Brush your teeth
- Eat chewing gum/ drink water
- Put on very beautiful make-up
- Post on an Ana form
- Write your thoughts in your journal
- Watch MTV, let’s get inspired by all those skinny’s!
- Make an ana video/poster/collage/drawing/poem/story/website.. anything!
- Think of all the things you’d like to eat, and think of how many calories that are… and how many lbs!