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Is it dangerious to try to loose waight by useing laxitives?

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In brief: Yes

True weight loss is losing excess stores of fat.
Using laxatives only eliminates fluid and excess stool. Although this will reduce your weight on the scale temporarily, it's not a long term solution. Using laxatives can potentially dehydrate you and cause electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium. It can have other adverse affects by altering the intestinal flora, excess gas and colon dilation.

In brief: Yes

True weight loss is losing excess stores of fat.
Using laxatives only eliminates fluid and excess stool. Although this will reduce your weight on the scale temporarily, it's not a long term solution. Using laxatives can potentially dehydrate you and cause electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium. It can have other adverse affects by altering the intestinal flora, excess gas and colon dilation.
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Dr. Charles Cattano
There is no substitute for eating healthy and exercising--sorry.
Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
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In brief: Laxatives

Laxatives should not use to loose weight, the loss will be temporary and at the cost of causing other problems.
You will lose needed fluid and electrolytes and may become dependent on using laxatives to have normal bowel movements if you use these on long term basis.

In brief: Laxatives

Laxatives should not use to loose weight, the loss will be temporary and at the cost of causing other problems.
You will lose needed fluid and electrolytes and may become dependent on using laxatives to have normal bowel movements if you use these on long term basis.
Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
You may take Fiber (like Metamucil) with a glass of water before meals, this will fill you up and decrease your appetite and is healthy. Out of the medication, Alli is safe although may have some non serious side effects as oily anal discharge if not used rightly. The prescription form of this is Xenical which is stronger and may be covered by some insurance. This will assist in wt loss
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