Pro Ana- What is it?
Pro ana refers to the promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. It is often referred to simply as “ana” and is sometimes personified by anorexics as a girl named Ana. The lesser-used term pro-mia refers likewise to bulimia nervosa and is sometimes used interchangeably with pro-ana. – Wikipedia
While technically this MAY be correct, we feel that Pro Ana is a lifestyle of fitness and health. There has been nothing to dispute that occasional and controlled fasting or low calorie diet can be good for you. In fact ALL doctors will tell you that you are much healthier by maintaining a healthy weight as opposed to being overweight or even obese.
Our interpretation of the lifestyle includes using healthy foods, fitness programs and a low calorie diet to bring about positive and healthy changes in the body. It does not support binging and purging as the body requires nutrients in order to remain healthy. By purging these nutrients you are robbing the body of the health benefits of consuming the food you just ate.
It is not uncommon for many people, including athletes to go on a strict low calorie diet from time to time. Many sports include weight classes, such as bodybuilding, wrestling, boxing and weightlifting. Sometimes athletes will cut there normal calories in half in order to make weight, yet most of the time few would argue that these athletes are unhealthy.
It is also ok to moderate your calorie restrictions. I have seen first hand people on a weight loss program that would follow a low calorie diet 4 to 5 days a week and allow what they consider normal eating behavior for 2 days and they still managed to lose weight and feel better.
Pro Ana does not have to be about starvation and purging on meals. It can be about controlled weight loss that will stay off. There are many Pro Ana books and recipe guides that will teach a person how to follow a very low calorie diet and still maintain health and nutrition. The key to ths program, just like with anything, is moderation. You cannot starve your body for long periods of time and hope to be healthy. But with dedicated eating habits, a fitness program and some common sense you can look fantastic and feel even better!