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i am curious, no one can give me a straight answer for how much weight is stored in your intestines due to waste?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
3-4 pounds: Plan on losing about 3-4 pounds after drinking a colonoscopy preparation. This is a one-time "cleanse" and is neither recommended for repeat application to effect weight loss, nor are colon cleansers of any kind justifiable as a weight loss gimmick. See earlier healthtap answers about why not to use "detox" or "cleansers.".

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How can I help my child gain weight when picky?

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What are "automation" and "adjustment" as keys to weight loss?

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Why take a buddy approach to weight loss?

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A 29-year-old male asked:

I loss my weight.What can I do to increase my weight?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
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Is it explained?: The first question you need to answer: is the weight loss explainable? If not, then you may need an evaluation to find a reason that you are losing weight. Certain medical conditions will cause weight loss and early detection can help significantly. If you are healthy - eating well and exercising will help you build muscle mass that can be good healthy weight to add.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

What could cause me to lose control of my bowels during sleep? I've done this twice.

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Sphincter tone: We have 2 sphincters that prevent stool from coming out. One is internal, the other is external. As long as one is working, stool should not come out. If you have had children, you could have damaged these sphincters. Diabetes, ms, infectious diarrhea can cause incontinence.

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