I am a lazy purger. When I was younger and thinner I would throw up everything I ate without fail, and as soon as I had eaten it. I do it now when I feel full or unhappy with myself, so it is often acidic and unpleasant coming up, and I have been wondering recently just how effective vomiting is, in regards to weight loss. Clearly it is not particularly effective as I do it perhaps five or six times a week but am still overweight, but then I tend to do it to reduce the feeling of fullness, as opposed to weight loss. I am not too bothered really, but I would really like to know the biology behind it.
We get the therapists promising us 'purging is utterly ineffective', but I don't think this can be true. Purging anorexics for example must be getting rid of at least some of the calories. Then there is the fact also favourite among therapists of 'digestion begins in the mouth, you know' but I think they don't realise that this means the breaking down of food (chewing), rather than intake of calories.
What are your thoughts? I do wish to lose weight, but I certainly do not wish to do so via throwing up, so please note that this post is for education purposes, and not for aiding with my eating disorder.