Using Laxatives For Weight Loss – Do They Work?
(UPDATED December 2, 2017)
2.1 billion people…
… that’s 30% of the world’s population – is either obese or overweight today. 
And there’s a 95% chance that since you’re reading this right now, you are considering using Laxatives for losing weight.
However… is it safe? Long term? Does it even work?
That’s what we are going to find out in this definitive post on whether laxatives really help you lose fat.
How Do (and IF) Laxatives Help You To Lose Weight?
The basic argument is laxatives help you eat less because of the satiating ‘feel’ they give you.
However, this was not their original purpose.
Laxatives were (and are) simply foods, medicines or certain compounds used to induce bowel movements.
The specific way they do that is by absorbing water and creating a “bulk” in your colon, which then the body can easily “push out”, compared to pushing out a “non bulky”… well “item”.
“Think of squeezing and expelling a big, round ball through a garden hose!”
Well, the graphic part aside, this is basically what Laxatives do, and are therefore, most used as a treatment for constipation.
- The first group of people believes that laxatives help them push out fat from their bodies! I mean… literally.
- The second group is a bit more logical.
They believe that since laxatives swell up by absorbing water and in turn mimics the feeling of ‘being full’, they’ll probably eat less and therefore be able to lose weight.
However, in real world scenarios, the practical answer is a big…
Laxatives will NOT help you lose weight beyond 1 or 2lb because your body gets adjusted to the ‘extra bulk’ and resumes normal digestive functions (read: hunger) in a few weeks.
So once you are back to your routine, all the lost weight is gained back.
What About The 1 or 2 Pounds Lost? How Does That Work?
Most people looking for a quick and hassle free solution to weight loss consume laxatives right after a meal.
They do result in a little weight lost but it’s simply not sustainable.
The laxative pills, since they form a bulk, they do not allow food to stay in the body for long.
So what happens is… even though some calories from the meal are absorbed by the body, most of them pass out undigested.
However, taking laxatives regularly reduces the body’s capacity to absorb the required nutrients from the food which eventually affects the health of the person.
Bascially, if your body doesn’t get the required nutrients, it starts to wear out.
Over a period of time, the person starts feeling weaker with a host of health issues cropping up.
Plus, most of the (little) weight dropped during the laxative use is water weight, and not actual fat that you want to lose!
6 Horrible Side Effects of Long Term Laxative Use
Laxatives causes food to be passed out of the system quickly.
This results in dehydration and very few nutrients and calories being absorbed. The body is unable to process them into energy and the person becomes weak and often experiences dizziness.
Diarrhea and Dehydration
Laxative abuse is one of the top reasons for chronic diarrhea in over 50% users. This also usually results into severe dehydration.
The ‘bulk’ formed by the laxatives usually becomes hard in the colon and it becomes very difficult to ‘pass’ it, resulting in localized cuts which lead to fissures/bleeding.
One of the most common complaints, this is usually because of the more than normal sized bulk moving in your gut.
Nausea and Vomitting
Since most laxatives upset the stomach lining, it often means the person feels a lot of nausea and might even throw up couple of times in a day.
The Worst = Chronic Intestinal Damage
Laxatives work by pushing undigested food out of the intestines quickly. Many times the body adapts to the use of such laxatives. Therefore, when its consumption is stopped, it slows down the rate of digestion significantly. This can lead to some rapid physical changes in your gut, often not for the best.
Kidding aside, laxative abuse WILL quite literally lead to severe intestinal damage and a host of other issues.
Concluding- Should You Use Laxatives For Weight Loss?
The answer is a pretty big NO.
Laxatives were never meant for weight loss.
Yes, they have their place in medical science for very specific diseases and disorders, post-operative purposes, etc.
However, I KNOW why you are looking to lose weight by using laxatives.
Like most of my readers, you have probably tried the usual suspects – diets, workouts, (shady) shakes/pills?
And most of them either work for a while or they are just scams, right?
The really question is…
How Can You Lose Weight AND Keep It Off – Without Depending On Any Of These ‘External Aids’?
How can you do it without depending on some “secret diet” or “military grade workout”…?
And the answer might surprise you.
First, here are things that will NOT work if you want to lose weight for the long run:
So WHAT DOES WORK then?
How can you lose weight without laxatives or any of the other gimmicks?
Well, here’s the truth…
Continue below to the next post to discover this ONE thing… and nope, there’s nothing to sell there! :)
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