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Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Davienna, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Davienna

    Davienna Community Champion

    I am suffering from the "weight loss syndrome". I have tried everything in the books to lose weight but I have not been able to stick to anything to know if they actually work. I always seem to overeat as I am a foody person so my friend suggested using laxatives. Now I am becoming addicted, even though I am not to use laxatives more than 2 consecutive weeks at a time. I think that after eating so much food, the laxative will eliminate most of those fatty stuff and slows my weight gain.
  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think using laxatives to stop weight gain is a bad idea. You should change your diet. Look up the alkaline diet, people have claimed to loose a lot of weight from this. Avoiding fatty and acidic foods will improve your health. Certain foods should be eaten in moderation but the superfoods should be eaten generously.
  3. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    If you want to use laxatives that much and hope to maintain your health at the same time, then you might as well buy detox teas and lots and lots of fruits. You see the financial costs are more less the same but as far as health effects are concerned, losing weight through organic means is far more effective and safe than consuming synthetic laxatives on an empty stomach. Perhaps you should start training your mind to lose weight the proper way. You can do it. Good luck!
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  4. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    Aw, that's such a difficult situation you're in. I think using laxatives can have tons of dangerous effects. There were cases where the abuser got bad stomach cramps and pains because her stomach lining was stripped off due to laxative use.

    You can also experience dehydration, tolerance to the drug and even dependence on it in the long run. Your digestive system might become dependent on it the more you use it and you might eventually not be able to stop using it.

    I would also add in that what laxatives do is basically strip your body off nutrients and water. You lose electrolytes and fluids, not weight. And in the long run, that can affect your heart as well.

    I would advice for you to consult a counsellor or therapist. You might have some body issues that need to be addressed. And also, try consuming more healthy stuff like fruits and vegetables, they aren't calorie-laden but they can make you feel fuller. I know that green tea can also help in weight loss.

    Good luck and take care!
  5. LoveEcho

    LoveEcho Community Champion

    I used to have the same problem. I abused laxatives for a long time and have suffered greatly because of it. Abusing laxatives leads to needing laxatives to make a bowel movement... you won't be able to poo on your own. It's horrible.
  6. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    I would suggest you just change your diet since you eat much. Eliminate the fatty foods and replace them with cereals, fruits and vegetables and see how much you lose in a week. Try it and keep the laxatives aside for a while, there are other natural ways of losing weight.
  7. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    I was reading a Dr. Oz article and he was saying that taking an excessive amount of laxatives can cause damage to the intestines. He was talking about this one woman who started off taking 2 a day to about 30. I can only imagine that even taking them out of what it is design for, would also cause damage. Other problems you may suffer from are issues with the heart, kidneys, colon, and brain. It’s not worth it.
  8. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    I suggest that instead of laxatives you should try to have food like fish, oats, brown rice, vegetables as often as possible you could snack on popcorn without the butter and cheese flavour, and if you are a coffee lover, it would be good for you to switch to green tea. The foods would very well help in eliminating fat and, without the dangers that could result from the constant use of laxatives.
  9. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    Using laxatives to keep off the weight is dangerous. They were not designed for this purpose and like other posters have said you can become dependent upon them for having regular bowel movements. I think you must learn more about this issue before it is too late and you damage your body. As @Deeishere mentioned Dr. Oz, I thought I would share this link with you

    I hope that you can correct this issue and do not permanently damage your body. Good luck.
  10. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    What you do can be classified as an eating disorder and it is very similar to bulimia. There are many other ways to lose weight, without damaging your body. Why don't you start working out, or replace driving with walking? It may seem easier to do what you are doing right now, but you will have a very hard time when you will be older. Take care, and remember that it isn't always about the amount of food you eat, but its quality.
  11. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    THis is what bulimics do. You are causing yourself some real problems by doing this, and quit while you can, if you can't, then seek medical help. Get assistance from Weight watchers or other diet friendly groups. Using laxatives for weight loss is very unhealthy, and rather gross if you ask me.
  12. monty

    monty Active Contributor

    Yes!I totally agree with you that using laxative to lose weight is I think a bad idea.I think you should change your daily diet plans and to replace it with healthy food like fruits and salads and green vegetables which will also make your body glow and will help you in make slim.And I would like to know that have you heard about chewing 32 times.I think it would probably the best idea for you because chewing your food 32 times will provide you more energy in less bite and as a result, you can also reduce your daily diet and improve it to improve you.
    Better luck and try to look over that 32 times that I mentioned I think it can really help you a lot because it also helped me.
  13. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I also think that it is not safe to just take laxatives. There are various teas that are said to be helpful in losing weight and maybe you would like to try those. Agree that better to try safer or natural alternatives and change your diet as well as lifestyle.
  14. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Laxatives is not the way to go to lose weight. Your body will grow to depend on them and then you will not beable to have a bowel movement without them. That will lead to a whole lot of other internal problems. The only way to lose weight is to eat healthy and to exercise. Wishing you all the best. You can do it if you set your mind to it!
  15. djolem

    djolem Senior Contributor

    I believe my 3 year old nephew is suffering from this addiction. He has been having constipation problems since his birth. Doctors told my sister to use some lactulose and she has been giving him this for a long time. He gets worse when she stops giving him and I am worried that it can be an addiction to a drug. It is a big problem actually because this is not something natural. It is a combo of several sugars that help in reducing the effect of constipation.
  16. DancingLady

    DancingLady Community Champion

    It's not actually going to stop fat gain. By the time what you ate gets to that point in digestion, you have already absorbed ALL of the nutrients and calories you can from it. If you are using laxatives when you are not actually suffering from constipation, all you are doing is overstimulating the muscles and nerves, which can cause you to become dependent on them, and then it may be very difficult to have a bowel movement without a laxative to get it going. While most of the laxative addiction is psychological, I would really recommend that you make every effort to stop right away. A helpful thing might be switching to fiber capsules. That way you are still encouraging your bowels to move, but not using the stimulant.
  17. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    Be careful with those laxatives as you are doing your body more harm than good. If you believe that eliminating the food that you ingest as quickly as possible, helps you with your weight loss regime, then try and eat foods that are easy to digest. Also, you can teach yourself breathing exercises that will help your digestion and speed up the elimination of wastes. In fact, when I started swimming every day and practicing yoga, I noticed a big change after a month. Whereas in the past I would go to the bathroom once or twice a day, now I go two to three hours after I have eaten a meal.
  18. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Laxatives can cause you to have a really lazy intestine. I saw it happen with my mom, now she is unable to have a bowel movement on her own, she now fully depends on the laxatives. I warned her, but she didn't want to listen to me, now she is paying for that. Laxatives are the devil quit them while your intestine is still functional, if you don't you will need them for life...
  19. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    I don't think it's good to be using laxatives so often. However, it's good to use them as a way to clean up your system every couple of months. It helps to detox and reduces the chances of colon cancer. The best way to reduce weight is to eat a little less and exercise.
  20. Novelangel

    Novelangel Active Contributor

    This is a very good suggestion. Detox teas are awesome for getting the poisons out of the body while at the same time helping to reduce body weight in a healthier fashion. Many detox teas have the same results as using laxatives so drinking plenty of water is important while detoxing. Dehydration is a common problem with people who are hooked on laxatives, and the symptoms can be bad enough to put you into the hospital for a while.