Lose weight and at some point have considered using laxatives for that purpose. Is this an effective way to lose weight and, more importantly, is healthy?
Frustrated by diets, women may resort to laxatives in an effort to prevent the absorption of food through the intestines, the reasoning is that if the food passes quickly through the digestive tract, the lower the fat and calories that come in the body.
For others, laxatives and other purging, as excessive exercise or vomiting, offer a sense of cleanliness and immediate thinness. When just one start using laxatives to lose weight, you could lose a few pounds and would believe that the work of laxatives is effective, but this simply is not so.
In fact, the use of laxatives does little to halt the digestive tract and the food absorption that one consumes. Laxatives often work by removing additional water colon and other parts of the body, so that loss of weight is actually sees water loss dehydrating the laxative effects. Over time, this can have the opposite effect – your body’s mechanisms for regulating water can get confused and end up retaining more water and grow the bloated feeling, whether or not the use of laxatives. Worse, at some point may become dependent on laxatives for normal bowel function and long-term damage will be irreparable.