5 Things You Should Know About Using Laxatives to Lose Weight

by : Gary Kidd

For a number of years now, some people have resorted to "unusual" ways in which to lose weight. Unfortunately, laxatives for many people seem to be the answer to their problem. Well, this article is going to point out the reasons why you should NOT use laxatives when trying to lose weight.

The first thing to understand about using laxatives, is that although they may help digest your food a little faster than normal, using them on a regular basis will actually cause you a lot of pain. Avoid using laxatives unless you want to suffer a lot of pain when trying to lose weight.

Secondly, if you suffer from constipation there are other methods to open your bowels and relieve the tension as such. Drinking lots and lots of water is the most natural way of relieving constipation. Drink it before meals and after meals and at least eight glasses a day. Add more fibre rich foods to your diet as they help to speed up bowel movement.

Thirdly, if you are on any sort of medication currently, laxatives can actually make your medication less effective. In many cases they can actually remove any effect your medication is supposed to have for you. This is a great reason to avoid them.

Fourthly, the only thing you will lose by taking laxatives is water and body fluids. You will not lose fat with them. To become thinner and lose weight you need to burn fat and not lose body fluids. Taking laxatives will actually end up with your body becoming dehydrated. They collect water from your body and then pass them through your bowel movements. When this happens you will lose all your water and become dehydrated.

If you use laxatives and this happens, you could possibly be misled or fooled into thinking you have lost weight, but in reality you have not lost any fat, which is what real weight loss is all about.

Lastly, when your body becomes dehydrated through using laxatives it will begin to store water so that it can survive. Better known as water retention, this will make you feel bloated and will actually increase your weight.

The truth is if you use laxatives to try to lose weight, you will actually end up weighing more. Avoid taking laxatives at all costs because not only will you end up heavier, but it could have a detrimental effect on your overall health.

So there you have it. If you are considering using laxatives, then I hope the information in this article will help you to realise it is a bad option to consider?