Do Laxatives Help You Lose Weight?

I’m trying to lose some weight for ages! I’ve tried several diets, few diet pills, workout almost everything… with no result. Do laxatives really help you loss weight or make you look thinner?

asked by Thomas in Diet & Fitness | 22288 views | 09-08-2009 at 02:44 PM

In theory, they help you lose weight, because they prevent you from digesting any food. You just expel it reallly qiuckly. That is why anorexics use them. Only use them if you are constipated, do not use them for weight loss.

answered by Sunshine | 09-08-2009 at 02:45 PM

I think that is only an urban myth. Laxatives have little or no effect on reducing weight because by the time they work, the calories have already been absorbed.Therefore, I don’t think they will help your cause. I would suggest you eating as much fruits and vegetables
as you can along with excluding bread and any kind of pasta, sweets,fast food…

answered by Jenna | 09-08-2009 at 02:45 PM

If you need to lose weight laxatives can be a great alternative, it's relatively inexpensive and works. So many have so many different opinions about losing weight by taking laxatives, I however when I was in the Army decided to use this approach. It worked for me and I will share with you how I did it. The first thing I did before PT was take a laxative, then we would exercise and then I would eat breakfast I then took another one for lunch and then with my evening meal. So here are some simple instructions that you can use and you may possible have to tweak it to get it customized to fit your lifestyle or needs. If you upon awakening take a laxative then have your normal meal, you will see the weight start to roll off. In order for the laxatives to work, you must devise a plan. For instance you should at least take a laxative before every meal, so if you eat three times a day then take a laxative before each of the meals that you take, that way everything you eat will be released.

You have to be sure to drink a lot of water because the bowel movements may be loose and cause you to lose body hydration. The key is to be able to take the laxatives in a safe way and be able to lose weight and maintain your body's elasticity so that it's not depleted of its natural water sources. Another way that you can use laxatives to lose weight is to simply take one in the morning when you wake up and in the evening before you go to bed. If you choose to do it this way then you need to make sure that you are prepared to be awakened in the nighttime. The main thing to know when taking a laxative to lose weight is to be sure that you have something in your system; no matter how little it is, just have something that can come out.

Now if you have suffered from constipation or have irregular bowels then, there will be no need to eat full meals, because you have accumulated waste still in your body that can be flushed with a laxative. Basically all that happens when you take laxative to lose weight is that the laxative flushes out what is left in your stomach, then goes thru the intestines and gets the left overs. Now a laxative may not completely flush the lower intestine, but it will clean out enough to make your stomach flattened and the weight will come off.

answered by Maru | 09-08-2009 at 02:45 PM

No, they don't. Laxatives are meant to help people with their bowel movements not with losing weight.

answered by Ist | 09-08-2009 at 02:46 PM

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