In my inbox, I have at least nine emails with this exact question. Actually, there are slight variations. Some people ask “How to be anorexic?“, and some ask, “How to become anorexic?”
The problem is that I do not want to answer either question, nor do I have a desire to lecture others on this subject.
Without further ado, allow me to turn your attention to Katharine McPhee. She is not only popular and talented, but this American Idol runner-up went through this experience.
McPhee knows exactly what she is talking about when it comes to “how to become anorexic“, or “how to be anorexic” questions.
It all started innocently enough, Katharine McPhee was a little uncomfortable with her body image. She wanted to lose weight. When she started to compare herself with other 14- and 15-year-olds, her desire to lose weight grew into an obsession.
She started dieting, but the more she dieted, the quicker she became obsessed with food. In her interview, she says, “Food was like a drug to me…It was such a miserable life.”
According to her other interview, she starved herself and exercised compulsively. Did she lose weight? She does not say, but I bet she did. Who would not lose weight throwing up seven times a day?
She developed bulimia and according to the same interview, “self-induced vomiting could have taken away her ability to sing.”
Eventually she had to get help. At the Eating Disorder Center, she lost 30 pounds and learned “that there’s no such thing as a bad food.”
Update: I have been receiving many emails asking to recommend a healthy diet program that is easy to follow. I don’t endorse any particular diet program – but if you don’t know what diet to follow – check out this program or Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle.
These programs are not some useless fad diets, but complete plans that are easy to understand. They do not force you into a specific diet – rather, they are designed to give you nutrition and exercise knowledge, which you can use at your own pace to lose fat and/or build muscle.