Whenever laxatives and weight loss are discussed, I am reminded of this interesting dialogue from the movie ‘Wanted’ starring Salman Khan.
A chubby kid asks Salman the secret to his chiseled body. To which, he gets the reply –
“Eat Less. Visit The Loo More.”Salman Khan (Wanted)
And it does work to a certain extent.
Laxatives essentially increase your bowel movements and make you visit the loo more often.
But is the consumption of laxatives recommended?
A big, huge, resounding NO!
See, the time that digestion takes is because when you eat food, you are essentially eating nutrients (carbs, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins).
Your body takes time to be able to absorb them effectively. Reducing your digesting time means losing out on these essential nutrients.
Look at it this way, when do you take a crocin? Right! Whenever there is a headache. Does it make sense to have a crocin everyday to prevent the advent of headaches? Of course not!
Similarly, a laxative is drug that physicians prescribe when you complain of irregular or bad bowel movements. Does it make sense to visit the loo constantly to prevent the occurrence constipation? Of course not!
Constant abuse of laxatives will make you thin as a stick within weeks. But the additional implications of laxatives on your body will be really bad, almost fatal!
You will start observing the following phenomena –
We hope we have given you enough reasons to not start taking laxatives if you wish to lose weight.
Also, since now you know that increasing you loo visits helps in weight loss is not a myth and laxatives are a big no-no, may be you can have a look at fiber!
Dietary fiber or roughage is the best way to improve digestion and regulate bowel movements. Also, eating plenty of fiber ensures that common gastrointestinal problems are kept at bay.
Increasing your daily intake if fiber will ensure a healthy digestive system. A few fibrous foods you should adopt –
Apart from these, all vegetables and fruits have dietary fiber in varying quantities!
Eat Fiber, Stay Away From Laxatives!