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If I can take stool softeners to lose weight, should I take them?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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