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22 Aug 2007

laxative
do laxative make you lose weight if you take them in excess?
or do you still absorb the calories? what happens when you stop using the laxatives and how should you go about stopping
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear S
The use of harsh laxatives is potentially dangerous because it can make you lose normal bowel function, deplete you of vital nutrients thus causing deficiencies and can even lead to dehydration. Do not use laxatives to lose weight under any circumstances. If you have been doing so, then stop immediately and use an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) to lose weight in a sensible way.
Take care
DietDoc
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