Laxatives: Are They A Good Measure For Weight Loss?

Today, people go to the extremes of natural and artificial sciences to find remedies in order to lose weight with little or no efforts and to keep up with the overrated societal image of looking ‘good’ at all times, which always equates to the ‘thinness’ of the body.

Nowadays, the use of ‘laxatives’ as a form of losing weight is slowly on a winning streak to obtain the title of a brand new dietary fad.

People who desire to lose weight to without choosing to follow a balanced diet and cardiovascular exercises, switch to laxatives as weight loss measure. But, what exactly do these ‘laxatives’ mean?

Laxatives are substances that help to induce bowel movements in our body, loosen stools, act as lubricants for easy movement of stools in the intestines and treat the problem of constipation.

They also work as stimulants, lubricants for bowel related problems and examinations.

So, how do they act as a weight losing measure?

The consumption of laxatives triggers frequent movements of the bowel. Such bowel movements give people a mock sense of being ‘cleansed’, thus contributing to a quick weight loss.

It must be noted that laxatives are medicines used to treat constipation, not to promote weight loss. Therefore, it is unnatural to use laxatives as weight loss agents as it may cause serious possible consequences.

The consequences:

The wrong usage of laxatives as a measure of weight loss can cause various serious bodily problems to a great extent, which may even cause the consumer’s death. Following are some noted problems faced due to the consumptions of laxatives as weight losing agents,

  • Electrolytic Imbalance:

Electrolytes are important for the human body. Laxatives cause a loss of various electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and calcium, therefore resulting into electrolytic disorders. The usage of laxatives as weight loss agents can cause permanent electrolytic disorders.

  • Damage of Intestines:

Frequent use of laxatives as a method of dieting can cause intestinal disturbances. The body becomes habitual to the many doses of laxatives. If the doses are abruptly halted, the intestines lose their ability to remove food from the body, which can lead to severe constipation.

  • Diarrhea:

Diarrhea is a well-known and common side effect of excessive usage of laxatives. Usage of laxatives to lose weight can be dangerous as Diarrhea leads to inept dehydration.

  • Rectal Bleeding:

Due to excessive intake of laxatives, frequent bowel movements are experienced by the body which sometimes, cause rectal bleeding.

  • Continuous Vomiting:

The laxative medications if taken unnecessarily can upset the lining of the stomach, which may lead to severe vomiting depending upon the consumption of laxative doses.

  • Stomach Cramps:

Laxatives can cause painful stomach cramps even in their normal usage as constipation treating medications. Therefore, using laxatives as weight losing agents can cause serious stomach cramps that literally give sleepless nights!

Bottom Line:

Some quick weight loss can be obtained from the use of laxatives. But, the lost weight does not constitute the burning of fats or boosting of metabolism instead, the water weight of the body is lost due to the laxatives. If the consumption of laxatives is ceased after regular doses for weight loss, if not all, then most of the lost weight is quickly gained thereafter.

Laxatives are not the ideal way of losing weight quickly. They cause internal imbalance in the body and have the ability to create unpleasant side effects which only cause harm to the body. Along with the water weight, laxatives also cause a loss of important nutrients and calories which in turn affect the electrolytic functions of natural fat absorption.

Following balanced dietary plans and indulging to fitness promoting physical activities is the right way for a natural and healthy weight loss. Using unhealthy methods to lose weight is not the key to the socially acceptable ‘good looks’ and ‘perfect bodies’. One must eat right and eat healthy.

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