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Gaining While Dieting/Recovering ED

I am currently recovering from an eating disorder.  I have been doing the South Beach Diet for 2 months.  I have been on plan 100% but have gained 13+ pounds.  I am doing the 30 Day Shred DVD daily along with other exercises.  I know I have screwed up my metabolism and it will take me a lot longer to see results.  I am thrilled to be recovering and not in the control of food and eating 24/7...but I am really having a hard time sticking with it when all I do is gain.  I do not want to go back to binge/purge/lax abuse.  It is not because I am at a normal weight.  I am 5'7" and currently weigh 157.  I would be happy to stay at 140.  Any ideas?
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I think you should forget about diets and focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle.
To me the dieting would suggest there are core issues that still need addressing.

I don't want you to feel as though I am being insensitive to your needs because I'm not I can relate to some of what you write but I think you are going about recovery the wrong way.  I don't think anyone should substitute one unhealthy pattern for another.  It can become a vicious cycle and can be very damaging both physically and emotionally.
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