I was surprised to learn just how many people used laxatives to lose weight. I didn’t know how popular it was until I read more about it.
I think everyone is always looking for quick and easy ways to lose weight. Laxatives can help with that. But the potential side effects can be very undesirable, which is why it’s a pretty scary drug to use for weight loss purposes.
However, it doesn’t take away from the fact that a lot of people have turned to it for a quick fix – or maybe for a long term fix? There are stories of people who have abused them beyond their normal use and have almost died. But I am gonna guess your average person doesn’t use them like that.
Anyhow, this is great write up of what laxatives are and how laxatives work for weight loss. Keep reading below.
A laxative is a drug that that helps keep bowels moving and excreting stools. It’s a drug that is meant for treating constipation and similar problems related to irregular bowel movements.
Essentially, a laxative makes the food you ingest move faster through your body and out of your bum.
Laxatives aren’t meant for weight loss, but people are using them for weight loss because it helps move the food out of their bodies without it fully being digested.
You can look at it kinda like throwing up on purpose. Bulimia is when you eat food and throw it up before your body gets a chance to digest all the nutrients. Laxatives work the same way for people who are looking to lose weight with them. Instead of throwing up the food before your body has a chance to digest all the nutrients, you poop out the food.
As you can see, in both cases, your body doesn’t get the chance to absorb all the nutrients, and therefore, your body will not take in all the calories from the food. This is what can help you lose weight with laxative.
There are many side effects of using laxatives. But one of the biggest concern with using laxatives for the purposes of weight loss is dehydration. You know your body needs water to survive, and water is something you need too have every day.
When you don’t drink enough water or take drugs that dehydrate you, pretty much all parts of your body can be severely damaged. Most notably, your kidneys can be irreversibly damaged and shut down.
If you take a read around the internet about people who have taken laxatives for weight loss or read other peoples opinions about using laxatives to lose weight, you’ll pretty much see a resounding “DON’T DO IT” from everyone.
This is because laxatives can be incredibly bad for your health in the long run. Just think of the effect of drinking maybe half the water you normally drink for like a month. Don’t think your body would like that very much.
But if you’re dead set on using laxatives for weight loss,
There is enough evidence from people who have used laxatives for weight loss to show me that weight loss is possible with laxatives. Whether if it’s a good idea to use laxatives is debatable, but most people will say it’s not. I personally don’t think it is and I wouldn’t do it myself.
Your intestines is what absorbed nutrients from food. Food passes through your small intestines first, and then onto your large intestines. However, most nutrients are absorbed in the small intestines. Your large intestines is where laxatives take effect, but this is also where your food has less nutrients left.
Still, people have lost weight using laxatives. I read an article online that said almost half of women dieters have taken laxatives for a quick fix weight loss even though they knew it was bad for their health.
Taking laxatives for a very brief period of time may not harm you too much, if at all. Most people who have horror stories of almost dying or suffered from devastating effects of using laxatives to lose weight are usually people who abused the crap out of them. They used the strongest types of laxatives for a prolonged period of time. They lost a lot of weight but also almost destroyed themselves.
A lot of laxatives are available over the counter. This means you can walk into a drug store and grab it off the shelf and buy it without a prescription from your doctor. Typically, the safer the drug is, the more likely it is to be offered over the counter.
The stronger laxatives that can cause your body more harm are typically only availably with a prescription.
A popular type of over the counter laxative is Metamucil, which is essentially a fibre replacement. Fibre helps your bowels continue to push your stools along, and it’s a pretty safe product to use long term.
If you are looking for the best laxatives for weight loss that are not over the counter, then you’ll have to see a doctor to get them. There’s no way around this. I don’t know how you are going get them for weight loss purposes though, because doctors will not give them to you if want laxatives to lose weight.
A great alternatives to using laxatives for weight loss is to eat natural foods that help your bowels move. Regular moving bowels are of course healthy, and you won’t be dehydrating your body unnecessarily to lose weight.
Eating a great diet that promotes weight loss is probably going to be better for you than taking diet pills or laxatives.
Here are 17 natural laxative foods
To be honest, if you want to lose weight quickly, you’re better off dieting the right way and also exercising.
Yes, eating the right way and exercising takes time and is hard work. But you also know it’s better for you health today and in the long run.
You can lose a lot of weight anyways by dieting properly and exercising, so why not put the work in and feel great with your results.
Focus on eating a fibre rich diet to keep your bowels moving and do any kind of physical activity each day if you can.
Walking 5 miles a day can help you lose 1 pound or more per week (just the exercise alone). If you combine walking with eating well, you could potentially lose many pounds per week. How much weight you lose will depend on how heavy you are right now, and how much yo actually walk.
I like walking a lot because it’s really easy to do, and anybody can do it basically.
But if you want to take exercising to the next level, and you should, then incorporate interval training or any exercise that gets your heart beating faster. These types of exercises burn way more calories than walking and will help you lose weight faster too. Good luck.