There are more people fighting obesity than ever. In every area of life People are searching for a magic pill. Especially to make the process of weight loss simple, easy and painless. So sorry, there is no such pill, no magic button.
Â Weight goes up the same way it comes off. If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you eat less than you burn, you lose weight. Simple. (1)
This is so simple, but…. practicing it is not. We all are living in a stressful world, there are kids to pick up, someone has to be driven to dancing classes, another to a football game and your spouse wants a new lawnmower.
So, grabbing a hamburger at a fast food restaurant or even drive-in, has slowly taken the place of self cooked family dinners, complete with vegetables and salad. Its no wonder that obesity is at an all time high!
The majority of weight that is lost when using laxatives is from fluid and the health dangers are significant. (2)
The use of laxatives in an attempt to lose weight is often abused. You will mostly find it with people suffering from eating disorder.
What happens in your body, when you take laxatives
After the pill is swallowed and has reached your stomach, the active ingredients target the large intestines. By irritating the cells they are encouraging the large intestines to empty, many times earlier than the body is ready.
While the food is in the large intestines the body is reabsorbing some of the fluid before it passes as waste. Your body needs this fluid desperately, because, if you evacuate your bowels too soon you run the risk of dehydration
AND HERE COMES THE MAIN MISTAKE:
The calories from the food you eat are actually absorbed in the small intestines and laxatives don`t affect the small intestines.
Did you get this? There is no effect what so ever on the calorie intake when taking laxatives! No, none, nada, zilp.
The only two things affected by this strategy are your health and your wallet.
After losing fluid from an early bowel movement the body compensates by retaining fluid.
So laxatives cause an initial dehydration which makes the person feel thin, but within hours the body compensates by retaining the remaining fluid and making the person feel bigger.
Your body needs water to remove wastes and toxins, so retaining water will make you feel bad because you can`t get rid of all of the waste products normally evacuated while using the toilet..
And here the viciuos circle starts:
At this point you might be tempted to take more laxatives to get rid of the full feeling again. It´s a vicious cycle that sets you up to be prone to irritable bowel syndrome and maybe colon tumors. Did you know, that prolonged use of laxatives can also lead to cramping, bloating and water retention?
The use of laxatives to promote weight loss is not an option! You are endangering your health and won`t be moving towards achieving your goal.
You can stop the abuse of laxatives using several steps
1. – Try to stop the intake today when they are not prescribed by your doc. This may be easier said than done, but use the internet and ask your doctor for help. Maybe the help of a mental health trainer will do.
2. – Rise your intake of water to at least 6-10 eight oz glasses of water each day. Not coffee, tea, beer, wine or juices, just water. Get up and move every day to encourage regular bowel function, go for a walk, take the stairs, use the treadmill. You get the picture?
3. – Eat regularly and spread it out over at least 3 meals. Include lots of fruits and vegetables, which will improve your success rate for weight loss and improve normal bowel function.
4. – Keep a record of your bowel movements so they can be monitored. If you find you are constipated for more than 3 days call your doctor, do not treat yourself! Your colon will react differently than a normal colon after it has been abused by a laxative regimen.
Laxatives and weight loss don`t mix.
They don`t work. Period!
I would love you to watch this video, featured at Dr.Oz, i feel so pity for her and it´s so common. Please don´t do that to yourself. In case you feel, that you are trapped by an addiction to laxatives, see your doctor, ask for help….please:
If you have any thoughts on this, any comments, all are appreciated and i will come back to you as soon as possible. Due to the different time zones, there maybe 24 hours, but i´ll be there to answer questions and discuss ideas.
(1) Centers for Disease Control: Adult Obesity Facts
(2) Columbia University Health; Go Ask Alice: Laxative Abuse â€“ Any Side Effects?