The hidden dangers of using laxatives for weight loss

All you need to know about using laxatives for weight loss

Woman taking a laxative

Here is all you need to know about using laxative dieting as a weight loss method. There is the good, the bad and the ugly.


Laxatives are substances that loosen stools and increase bowel movements. According to Dr. Oz Show there are 4 types of laxatives.

How it works

Dr. Oz explains that stimulant laxatives actively irritate the bowels, which causes not only food and waste to pass through very quickly and forcefully, but also inhibits the absorption of nutrients. The suppressed nutrient absorption is why weight is lost so dramatically in people who go on a laxative diet.

The good

There’s not much beyond losing weight rapidly without the extra effort of having to work out or really watch what you are eating.

The bad

Here’s a tip: Every medication has a bad side. With using pills constantly every day, addiction is an imminent consequence.

Stella Nyawira, an insurance consultant, was an addict of laxatives. “I started taking one a day and then somehow I was taking 12 each day. Also, taking too much laxatives damages your intestines making them dependent on the pills. Stella says, “When I stopped my body went through withdrawals. I don’t advice anyone to use them. My body was hurting, I couldn’t just go to the bathroom without taking the pills. I was always getting bloated.”

The ugly

Your body cannot sustain itself on such a diet. Besides starving yourself, using laxatives might also be causing serious damage to your internal organs. These include:


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