Laxatives for weight loss?

Laxatives for weight loss?

If your weight loss is currently stalling then you may decide to use more controversial methods of losing weight, like laxatives for example.

Yet despite its undoubted ability to help see good results on the scales the weight you are actually losing is just water weight that will quickly be replaced.

Lets look at laxatives for weight loss in a little more detail.

What are laxatives?

A laxative is any type of food, drug or chemical that can cause a bowel movement.

Usually the use of laxatives is with a prescription before a medical procedure, where the large intestine will need to be clear.

Dangers of using laxatives?

There are many short term dangers of using a laxative including:

  • Prolonged diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Thirst
  • Muscular weakness
  • Electrolyte deficiency
  • Death

Using laxatives long term is even more dangerous with the following issues a common danger:

  • Pancreatitis
  • Melanosis coli
  • Loss of colon function
  • Skin fragmentation
  • Steatorrhoea

Healthy alternatives to laxatives

Laxatives are certainly not a recommended method of losing weight. There are other healthy alternatives that are much more effective and certainly safer:

Eat healthy and avoid the junk food

Swapping your current diet of fatty junk food for healthier options like fruit, vegetables and lean protein sources will make a huge difference to the scales.

You should try to limit eating out as much as possible as most restaurants will not contain the healthiest ingredients.

To avoid the junk you should try to cook your own healthy meals.

Eat smaller portions

You don’t have to eat until you feel like bursting. Rather than filling your plate to the brim, measure out your food.

Although measuring your food is the best option it is not always practical, therefore you may want to use your hand to measure out your portions.

Get regular exercise

When combined with a healthy diet, exercise can enable you to reach your weight loss goals safely and effectively.

Just 30 minutes a couple of times a week will be a good start.

Drink water not carbonated soft drinks

Water does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners so is free from any calories.

It can however quench your thirst and cut your cravings. Often your body will mistake thirst for hunger.

If water is too boring for you then you could always add a slice of lemon or lime to it.

In conclusion

Forget about using laxatives for weight loss, the risk of damaging your health long term is too great.

There are much safer ways to reach your goals.

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