Last summer, I began my road to recovery from an eating disorder. I did extreme caloric restriction + long hours of exercise. As I slowly increased my calories and cut back on exercise, I ate probably around 3000 on SAD and gained weight slowly. Then after I thought I reached a healthy enough weight that I could cut down my calories a little to around 2000 or so while also beginning to eat Paleo, I gained weight rapidly. And strangely enough, even after a meal of 1000 calories or more, I find myself hungry only a few hours later. So what's the deal?
I've been on other forums (such as caloriecount.com where they have threads specifically for health) and there are people who say they maintain their weight on 2500+ calories. So have I been doing myself a disservice by decreasing calories (plus doing unintentional intermittent fasting) and making my body revert back to thinking I may be starving myself again? I'm hesitant to increase my calories back up to 2500-3000 just to see what would happen.
Also, I got my period back after a long bout of amenorrhea in January but haven't gotten it again since... Could that also be an indication that I'm still not eating enough? I eat anywhere from 50-60% fat, 20-30% protein, 10-20% carbs.