Constipation can be a Side-Effect of Losing Weight
Who knew? I’ve looked this up online and if I judge by the amount of links, popular opinion seems to be that you gain weight or can’t lose weight because of being constipated.
However, for me, I was always very regular and now that I’m losing weight, I’m constipated.
I’m not the only one, another friend who is losing weight is having the same problem. And she said that her other friend is having the same problem.
I talked to a friend who has always been thin and said, “You don’t eat very much, do you have trouble with constipation?” She said that she does and she takes fiber supplements to help.
Long, long ago, I used to be a biology geek and I love the digestion process. One thing that I remember is that the bowels contract to get the food moving. I think that when I ate more, the food kind of pushed the other food through, so my bowels didn’t have to do as much work. Now that I’m eating less, and my bowels haven’t gotten re-energized. They don’t know they need to pick up the pace on their own now.
Why I don’t want to use fiber supplements
My theory could be totally off, but its the best I could come up with on my own, and it makes sense to me. Because I’m assuming my above theory is correct, I don’t want to use fiber supplements. What I want to do is to get my bowels contracting at a rate that works with the bulk I eat now. Rather than adding more bulk (in fiber) to make up for the food I’m not eating and letting my bowels rest on the job like they were before. I’m assuming that getting my bowels to contract more is the healthier option.
Go bowels! Energize! SQUEEZE! Give me a “B”!… :)
My experience with losing weight
Like I said earlier, most of the links I found have to do with cleansing your colon so that you can lose weight. I now know that is complete crap. To lose weight and be naturally thin, all you need to do is eat what ever you want, when ever you want, how ever you want, but not why ever you want. Only eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are not hungry.
I’ve been losing weight and its been very fun to wake up every morning and see my body change. At first it was scary because I had loose skin! (I’ll talk about what I learned about tightening skin after weight loss in another post.) Now it is fun. I don’t have a scale, and I don’t have money to buy a scale, so I’ve been measuring myself to see how many inches I’ve lost. Its fun to see my body revealed. (I weigh myself about once a week at a friend’s house.)
I’m looking forward to getting my digestion re-energized. I’m sure eating less is a shocking change to my system. Right now, I have moderate gasses and constipation. I’m not that uncomfortable, but since I’m eating according to my hunger, all those stomach sensations are felt “noise” that mean I have to “listen” more closely to feel the difference between those sensations and hunger. I look forward to my digestion catching up to my new behavior.
What I’ve found online so far
This is a vide promoting aloe. I haven’t tried the aloe tablets. The only reason I’m showing this video is that its one of the few links that validated my experience of constipation being a side-effect of weight loss.
I can think of two ways to get my bowels re-energized:
- Using some kind of substance that stimulates the bowels to contract
- Using some kind of movement that stimulates the bowels to contract
Please, if you have any insight on this matter, comment! I would love to hear what has worked for you.
I’m going to try some tea I have with Senna in it. I don’t want to use stimulants regularly, because I just want use them to jump start my digestion, I don’t want to rely on them.
For physical stimulation, I’m going to try some yoga movements I saw online. I think these are safe and beneficial to use every day:
I’ll let you know how it all come out (ha ha ha) in another post or in the comments in this post.
Please post your experiences with constipation and weight loss in the comments.
By the way, I’m drinking lots and lots and lots of water. It may be helping- maybe my constipation would be worse otherwise, but it isn’t curing the problem. I also tried some digestive enzymes that I don’t think have particularly helped, and I’ve continued taking the beneficial bacteria that I was taking before I started losing weight, so that hasn’t made a difference, unless I would have had worse constipation if I hadn’t been taking those, which I’ll never know.