Having laxatives to lose weight? Stop right now!


What are laxatives?

The medication utilized  to stimulate bowel movement and loosen up the stool to ease its passage is called laxative. Laxatives are utilized by people who have constipation, a condition caused because of  difficult and painful bowel movement.

Laxatives for weight loss

Though laxatives were designed for what we have mentioned above, several people have started using them as a quick and easy technique to lose weight. People believe that improved frequency of bowel movements can aid them to shed kilos, mainly around their bellies.

Kinds of laxatives

There are 6 types of laxatives and all work in different ways. Kinds of laxatives contain stimulant laxatives, bulk-forming laxatives, osmotic laxatives, lubricant laxatives, saline laxatives and stool softeners.

Laxatives can aid you lose water weight

People feel laxatives are a quick tip to lose weight. Well, that's partly true because laxatives aid you lose water weight and that is why the results are quick and temporary. Few laxatives work by pulling water from your intestines and thus, permitting your stool to absorb more water for an easier passage. This way, the only weight you lose is a water weight. There have been no studies till date that support the idea of laxatives to be used as a technique to lose permanent weight. So, laxatives clearly turn out to be an ineffective technique to lose weight.

In fact, there can be some dangerous side effects of utilizing laxatives on a regular basis. Few of them are mentioned below.


It can direct to dehydration

The most general side effect of taking laxatives is dehydration. Few laxatives work by drawing water from your tissues to your intestines, resulting in loss of water via stool. If one is not able to replenish the water that is lost, it can lead to grave dehydration.

Laxatives may cause an electrolyte imbalance

Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride and phosphate are electrolytes which are dissolved in your bodily fluids that aid your tissues and cells to function normally. The imbalance of electrolyte can direct to some serious conditions containing confusion, coma and seizures.

Some common symptoms of electrolyte imbalance contain headaches, heart palpitations, fatigue, muscle aches, weakness and thirst.

Overuse can cause dependency

Though short-term utilize of laxatives is absolutely safe but long-term use may direct to dependency on them. More research is required to evaluate the effects of long-term laxatives use and the danger of dependency.

Better ways to a lose weight

There are several better and effective ways that can aid you lose weight without putting your health at risk.

Some basic and easy methods are: Improve your physical activity, eat more veggies and fruits, decrease portion size, eat small and frequent meals, eat food high in protein, ignore  having junk and fried food and reduce your intake of added sugar slowly.


Laxatives are meant to a stimulate bowel movement and relieve constipation. Taking them for losing weight may result in dangerous health situations.

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