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Will I Lose Weight If I Poop A Lot
It depends: On what's causing you to poop. If you have an illness, infectious or autoimmune, then you might not be absorbing your food properly, and you will probably lose weight. You should definitely see your doctor. If you want to poop so you lose weight, then no. Your bathroom scale might lower in the short term, but you haven't really lost any excess body fat, just water and, well, poop. ...Read more
Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more
It may slow things: Down a little. Insure that you are hydrating well (at least 64 oz water/ day). Aim for at least 5 servings of veggies and 4 of fruit per day. Moderate dairy use and avoid poor quality carbs. Get daily physical activity. You can try an otc laxative. If these measures don't help with your constipation - then discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Is it true that some people get colonoscopies, just to lose weight or get them because they can't go poop for a while..?
What are you taking?: There's a very good chance that your "detox" is the problem. Any change in diet, alteration in gut flora, or purgative agents may change your stool pattern & odor. Please keep in mind that not everything bought in a health food store, or "natural" products (however well intentioned in taking), may agree with you or be entirely safe. Stop the product & resume a balanced diet--see doc if persists. ...Read more
You should BM daily: It is normal and healthy to have at least one bowel movement daily. Bms are a way to eliminate undigested food material, toxins and waste from the body. One should not use bowel movements as a weight loss method. If you have unexplained weight loss you should check in with your healthcare provider. ...Read more
Yes: Technically yes but it's an insinsible loss, much like sweating or urinating. It is not weight loss in the true sense of losing fat. From this prespective, every time you eat or drink you gain weight. This is why a persons weight varies throughout the day. The best way to probably weigh yourself is to weigh in the morning after using the bathroom and before eating. ...Read more
Please not for that!: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more
Not for that reason: There is no meaningful or long-term weight loss with stool softeners--only temporary laxation of stool and maybe loss of some "water". A healthy and long-term approach to weight loss (and keeping the weight off once lost) is consistently making good food choices (avoid high-calorie density foods that are high in fat and processed sugars), minimize snacking, control portion size, and exercise. ...Read more
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