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Lossing Weight / May 2, 2021

Bulimia Weight Loss – Fact or Fiction?

There is a commonly held belief that bulimia, or more specifically the compensatory behavior of purging, helps with weight loss. However, beliefs are not necessarily true. So, is bulimia weight loss Fact or Fiction? Read on to discover the truth.

Now I know from my own experience that it can seem like bulimia weight loss is Fact: It seems the strategies of throwing up, exercising frantically, using laxatives etc and or restricting your food intake in some way, does compensate for overeating, breaking dietary rules or bingeing.

And maybe they do…


And therein lies the trap: Initially they can work and because of this, the idea ‘you can lose weight with bulimia’ is validated.

And besides it makes sense – right?

  • If you throw up the food you’ve recently eaten, all things being equal you should at the very least counteract the binge and possibly loose weight.
  • If you exercise like crazy, you should burn off the calories you’ve eaten.
  • If you reduce your calorie intake; miss meals, or perhaps fast or ‘detox’ you should be able to counteract any effect of over-eating or bingeing.

I remember watching the downward trend of the scales and receiving the compliments with joy.


The downward trend of the scales stops or gets erratic, you often feel fat and any happiness gets quickly replaced with confusion, frustration and fear.

So How Come Bulimia Weight Loss Strategies Work Initially And Then Stop?

The thing is you can’t fool Mother Nature, or not for too long! Whilst the compensating behaviours that follow bingeing may seem like effective weight loss strategies, Mother Nature soon bites back. And when you look at the Science, you’ll understand why.

So let’s look at the science and research behind the 7 Most Common Bulimia Weight Loss Strategies and you can draw your own conclusion as to whether Bulimia Weight Loss is Fact or Fiction.

Maybe it will settle some doubt in your mind, if you believe there is something wrong with you that you can’t be bulimic and loose weight and maybe if you’re looking for some bulimia tips to loose weight, you’ll realise that loosing weight with bulimia simply won’t work.


Self induced vomiting is perhaps the most common method of purging. However research shows that even if you throw up immediately after a binge your body has already absorbed 40% to 70% of the calories eaten! This means that realistically the number of calories you absorb from a binge, even after vomiting, is probably going to be greater than the number of calories you would have absorbed, if you’d eaten sensible-sized portions on a binge-free day.

Now for you mathematicians out there…

You may think you can calculate this and stay well within a calorie deficit and therefore loose weight but this becomes increasing harder to calculate because…

  • Bingeing has a tendency to become an increasingly frenzied, out of control behaviour and keeping track of what goes in and comes back up, even with ‘markers’ becomes harder.
  • Overtime the binges become more frequent and larger as your body tries to compensate for the restriction.
  • Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you cannot get all the food back up.

And that’s not all…

Self Induced Vomiting Plays Havoc With Your Blood Sugar Levels and Encourages More Bingeing.

Because of the tendency to binge on large amounts of sugary food, blood sugar levels in the body rocket. This is not a healthy state for your body and so it responds by releasing Insulin to bring your blood sugar level back down. However, when you ‘throw up’ the food, the elevated levels of insulin still in your body, cause your blood sugar levels to crash which can leave you feeling…