Quasi-recovery is a point in recovery where weight has been restored, but your body and mind have not been fully healed. It is a halfway point to real recovery. While you may be at a “healthy” weight, you may not be at the right weight for your body. You might be in quasi-recovery if you are still fixated on calories and are still restricting (even if your restricting to higher amounts like 2000-2500 a day), if you’re exercising for the purposes of maintaining your weight, if you have not given into extreme hunger or mental hunger, if you still have a fear of gaining weight, or if the ED voices have not stopped.
I was stuck in quasi-recovery for over a year. I was convinced I was recovered because I had gained a few pounds, could eat more calories, and wasn’t starving myself anymore. But the truth is I was just as sick as ever, still obsessed with numbers and worried about maintaining my weight. The obsessive thoughts hadn’t stopped and that was because I had not truly let myself recover. The most dangerous thing about being in this state is that it is very very easy to relapse because you are on the edge of letting yourself truly recover, and falling back into old habits. I relapsed several times during my quasi-recovery. When you’re here your body still hasn’t found its homeostasis that it can happily maintain because the truth is, when you’re in quasi recovery your metabolism hasn’t healed. Even though you’re eating more, you’re still restricting your body from what it needs to find it’s set point which is why you will gain weight on lower numbers. The only way to stop this is to truly recover.
To truly recover means to give into the mental hunger, to stop restricting any calories by eating at least 3500 a day, to stop working out, and to let your body gain more weight than you may be initially comfortable with. As you know if you are familiar with me, my blog, or my youtube channel I recovered this way using the minniemaud method. The information that this approach derived its methodology from was the Minnesota starvation experiment. This experiment was the only in-depth study on calorie restriction’s effects and how re-feeding works. Following the logic of minniemaud is what allowed me to finally decide to truly recover and it is through my own personal experience and the experience of many other girls I met through my journey that I can confidently say it is the only way you will ever truly free yourself because if you are stuck in quasi, you are not truly free.
Will you gain weight in real recovery? Yes.
Will you overshoot your set point? You might.
Will you experience extreme hunger? Definitely, although how intense and for how long depends on how intensely and for how long you were restricting yourself.
Will you finally be set free of the control numbers and food has over your life? Yes.
Will you claim your life, soul, and energy back? 100%
Will your body eventually naturally settle at its set point? Absolutely.
Quasi recovery is a dangerous place to be. If you are there then it is time to take your life back and take the dive into a full and honest recovery now. The longer you stay in quasi, the longer and harder a real recovery will be.