IamA guy who went from 430 pounds to 170 pounds in approximately 11 months through starvation. AMA!
<<I forgot to add a trigger warning to this post. If you are not comfortable with food, if you are suffering from an eating disorder yourself, you're probably best served staying away. That being said, please PM me if you're interested in a more sensitive discussion on the topic. I am more than willing to talk with you, and offer anything I can to help you in your situation>>
After hijacking the thread on a study related to significant weight loss through starvation, I received many requests to do an AMA. So, here it is!
I lost 260 pounds over the course of approximately 11 months through severe self imposed restriction. There were fluctuations towards the end of the process, from losing even more weight to gaining through re feeding, but now a year and a half removed from the process beginning, my total loss remains around 260 pounds.
Here are random pictures from my life showing the transformation.
Another picture showing body and face for the guy who says I found a random picture. This picture is quite old, not sure if I was my maximum weight, but it gives an idea: http://i.imgur.com/rKFvU4D.jpg
I am an open book, and will answer anything. That being said, in no way shape or form do I condone the method by which I lost all my weight. If you are looking for tips on how to lose weight from starving yourself, go elsewhere. Worse than that, if you're "pro-ana", I say to you as sincerely and as kindly as possible, you're a terrible person, and part of what is wrong with this world.
EDIT: I am including this because of the questions about supporting anorexia, offering advice, sounding too positive on the experience. Let me be clear.
I destroyed relationships. I may have kidney disease at age 40. My heart rate is still shaky. I have had multiple surgeries, and have another coming up in two weeks. Losing weight did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to improve my self image; that came from learning to love myself.
I was so, incredibly lucky to not have my heart just stop while I was in bed, while I was reading, while I was riding my bike, while I was at work. You may very well not be as lucky.
EDIT AGAIN: Probably going to finish up with the answering soon. I have wanted to make sure to answer as many questions as I can; I know what it's like to get to an AMA late, especially one so personal. To anyone who sent me a private message, I promise you here I will respond. It may take me a few days, but you will hear from me as soon as I can respond. Thanks :) .
FINAL EDIT: Seems like this is dying down, and so I am out for the night. I will check back in tomorrow and see if there's anything really unique to answer. I wish I could have responded to everything, but this exploded a little bit beyond what I had expected. To everyone who sent me a message, expect your response sometime in the next few days.
Thanks for the kind words, and way more importantly, thanks for spending at least a few minutes thinking about eating and health. You're fantastic, and you made this memorable for a great number of people.