Have you been thinking about using laxatives to lose weight?
I’ll tell you right now – stop thinking about it. Not only is using laxatives for weight loss dangerous, it also does not help one bit.
I’ll tell you why.
Laxatives and their Real Use
Before I tell you why laxatives are ineffective in helping you to lose weight, lets first take a look at the real use of laxatives.
Laxatives, as you may already know, are designed to aid in getting bowel movements ie. when you’re constipated. They may be natural (certain foods) or in drug form and works by softening the stool so that it can be easily released from the large intestines and colon.
Overusing or abusing laxatives can result in diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and sometimes kidney failure. They are only meant to be used as an immediate solution to a short termed problem. Always follow the directions on the package or consult a doctor in the case appears to be more serious.
This may not apply to you since you’re not necessarily constipated but just want to lose some weight with this method.
Laxatives and Weight Loss
So how will laxatives affect you if you use it for the purpose of weight loss?
When you use laxatives, stored waste is expelled from the bowels along with water from the body. It may appear as though you have lost weight but that weight is only from the expelled waste and some water loss. True weight loss only burns fat from your body which clearly doesn’t happen here.
You are only going to damage your body by taking laxatives. In the absence of waste the laxatives drain you of water and overworks your empty bowels. You end up becoming dehydrated and lose whatever nutrients your body might need. To add insult to injury, you haven’t lost any real weight.
You need to ask yourself the real reason you considered using laxatives to lose weight.
Is it that you’ve tried everything and need a faster solution? A shortcut, maybe? Is it that nothing else that you’ve tried works?
The truth is there are no shortcuts to healthy and efficient weight loss. A healthy diet and lifestyle changes work and if you commit to doing something everyday to reach a set goal then you can lose weight. Not only that, you can also keep it off.
Laxatives are ineffective and very dangerous if you’re going to use it for the purpose of weight loss.
There are healthy alternatives to lose weight, among them being the HCG diet, a program that combines a low-calorie regime with the use of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast, a portion of the placenta following implantation.