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Old 12-20-2005, 11:09 PM   #1
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weight loss and bowel movement

So lately I've been eating around 1200 - 1400 calories a day because I'm trying to lose weight, and I noticed that the frequency of my bowel movements decrease by A LOT. When I eat normally...maybe around 2000-2500 calories? or more, I have one every day, but now I haven't had one since Saturday (It's tuesday night now). Is this normal? Does anyone else experience this? And what can I do to change this? I try to eat more fibre but it's hard when you have to limit your calories.
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Old 12-21-2005, 06:19 AM   #2
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Same thing happened to me, Winnie. It took about two months for my body to adjust to eating healthy foods and an increase in fiber.

I was so concerned, I saw a GI specialist, since I had never had this problem before. We did some rather disgusting, but painless, testing to rule out anything major, but here's what I've done to get somewhat regular again:

Increase your water intake. Fiber bulks up your BMs, so you need water to "move it along". If you don't get enough water, you'll end up constipated.

Eat an apple every day with the skin. I don't know the science behind this, but my family doc and a friend recommended this, and it really seems to work.

Daily walking, even if it's only 15 to 30 minutes. Seems to wake things up in the tummy.

Make sure you're getting some good fat in your diet. I use olive oil, about two teaspoons, plus a little fat here and there from just eating healthy foods. If I notice it's been a day or two since a BM or very small BMs for a couple days, I'll put two teaspoons of olive oil in a little dish with some herbs and dredge a piece or two of crusty bread in it with my dinner.

Try and increase your fiber intake gradually. I went from about five grams per day to around 30 over the course of a day or two. This is what caused me to go to the doctor. He suggested I increase fiber by about five grams per week, along with extra water, and allow my body to adjust.

Oops..almost forgot. Freshly ground flaxseed helped me, too. One tablespoon ground up on your morning cereal or oatmeal. Some put it in their yogurt or sprinkle on top of a salad, too. It supposedly has other good health benefits, too, but I definitely noticed a big difference using that for a couple days. I find I can't use it anymore, or else I get the opposite effect now, but it really helped in the beginning. I found the taste very unusual. I had to experiment to see what I could tolerate it on.

Thanks for bringing this up. Not a wonderful topic to discuss, but I think this does happen to a lot of folks when working on their eating plans, especially in the beginning.

Good luck

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Old 12-21-2005, 06:50 AM   #3
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

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So lately I've been eating around 1200 - 1400 calories a day because I'm trying to lose weight, and I noticed that the frequency of my bowel movements decrease by A LOT. When I eat normally...maybe around 2000-2500 calories? or more, I have one every day, but now I haven't had one since Saturday (It's tuesday night now). Is this normal? Does anyone else experience this? And what can I do to change this? I try to eat more fibre but it's hard when you have to limit your calories.
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Fiber and alot of veggies. This is dangerous not to go for that long. The toxins in your body can harm you beyond belief from not moving regularly. Go out and buy some Herbal Super Cleanse and take it at night. Or got buy Magnesium Citrate. You should be going 2-3 times a day to keep your body clean.
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

It's a horrible side effect of dieting but there's no way around it: Dieting = Constipation.
I find daily psyllium ala cheapy store knockoff of Metamucil...Sugar-Free of course ...helps a lot.
More trouble and also effectiuve are salad salad and salad...but oh the work and expense of fresh salad ingredients. And you have to measure the dressing with an EYEDROPPER lest you get too many extra calories. Psyllium in Crystal Light is far easier.

 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:58 AM   #5
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It's a horrible side effect of dieting but there's no way around it: Dieting = Constipation.
I find daily psyllium ala cheapy store knockoff of Metamucil...Sugar-Free of course ...helps a lot.
More trouble and also effectiuve are salad salad and salad...but oh the work and expense of fresh salad ingredients. And you have to measure the dressing with an EYEDROPPER lest you get too many extra calories. Psyllium in Crystal Light is far easier.
I agree somewhat..dieting and eating the wrong foods cause this. I never have any issues with this.
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:33 AM   #6
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

also keep in mind...you are eating less Food...so there will be less coming out. But you should still be going every day. I wentrom usually 3 a day to 1-2 a day.

 
Old 12-21-2005, 07:17 PM   #7
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this isnt good. sounds like your metabolism is slowing down, which happens when youre not getting enough calories. make sure you are eating enough (not going hungry) and exercise is a must to speed up your metabolism. at my thinnest i eat plenty, exercise at least 5 times a week and "go" at least once a day or more...I watch my fat intake and dont count calories.

 
Old 12-21-2005, 10:08 PM   #8
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Thanks guys for the replies! The entire day today, all I could think about was not having "gone" in more than 3 days, I could practically feel the toxins being absorbed into my body, and I got so fed up and paranoid that I finished almost an entire box of Kellog's All-Bran flakes, which had 5g of fibre per serving. Yes that's a lot of fibre...and I finally went. But by doing this I have completely compromised my diet for the day now I feel like I have to choose between either dieting or being healthy! I will follow your advices and see how it goes, but at the moment I feel quite torn and helpless. I can't believe dieting is so hard !

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Old 12-22-2005, 12:20 AM   #9
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Try a stool softener from any drug store, it will regulate you, and clear out your tracks.

 
Old 12-22-2005, 06:05 AM   #10
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Thanks guys for the replies! The entire day today, all I could think about was not having "gone" in more than 3 days, I could practically feel the toxins being absorbed into my body, and I got so fed up and paranoid that I finished almost an entire box of Kellog's All-Bran flakes, which had 5g of fibre per serving. Yes that's a lot of fibre...and I finally went. But by doing this I have completely compromised my diet for the day now I feel like I have to choose between either dieting or being healthy! I will follow your advices and see how it goes, but at the moment I feel quite torn and helpless. I can't believe dieting is so hard !
Go to a health food store and buy Super Cleanse any brand should be fine. It's all natural herbs and are non addicting. It will not compromise your diet. I would have eaten a head of broccoili before I did the kellogs but don't sweat it and get back on track again and remember at least 2 times a day you should be cleaining yourself out. Not going can lead to so many different illnesses like divriticulitis and divriticulosis and such..Stay clean
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Old 12-22-2005, 06:15 AM   #11
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

No, not stool softener: the problem is SMALL fecal volume not it's hardness. WHat is needed is soluble fiber with low caloric impact that absorbs lots of water and swells to a volume that stimulates intestinal peristalsis.

Winnie,
Look into a daily pea or bean soup. A pureed can of black beans (350 calories) is delicious and contains a whopping 21 grams of soluble fiber. Beans also have a dietary plus, they contain phaseolamine which prevents a portion of the starch from being split and thus prevents absorption (thus fewer calories are absorbed than the listed 350.)
Dried split peas are more work but cost almost nothing and can be made in huge quantities and friozen as delicious soup.

But don't forget the psyllium.

 
Old 12-22-2005, 06:57 AM   #12
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

I had the same problem when I had switched over to eating healthy foods, my dr advised me to take metamucil everyday that it is very helpful, well it worked like a charm for me and still does everyday>

 
Old 12-24-2005, 07:29 PM   #13
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Hey guys I just wanted to say thanks and let you know that I started taking Metamucil and am "going" once a day now! Even when I wasn't dieting and eating normally I usually just went once a day, so I think that's just the pace at which my body works and I heard that it was fine. Happy dieting everyone!

 
Old 12-24-2005, 11:31 PM   #14
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Interesting, I had the complete opposite reaction when I started eating healthier to lose weight. Since I began eating a lot more fruit, vegetables and whole grains, I became much more regular.
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Old 12-25-2005, 10:56 AM   #15
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Re: weight loss and bowel movement

Winnie - I'm glad you found something that works for you (Metamucil) and it won't compromise your calorie intake either.

I'm a big fan of sugar-free flavored Metamucil. Whenever I get a food craving/hunger pang at a time of the day that my brain says I shouldn't need any more food, I have a big glass of sugar-free orange-flavored Metamucil.
  • If I was actually just thirsty, I get a quick 12-16 oz. of water
  • If I was actually just a little hungry, I get a nice filling serving of fiber
  • If I was actually just craving a sweet taste, I get a 0 calorie orange drink

If, an hour later, I'm still hungry ... then I figure my body actually needs a bit more fuel and I go have a snack.

 
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