Weight Loss and Loose Stools

Weight loss and loose stools sometimes go together.

While weight loss can put us on the path to better health, a change in bowel movement is one of the results that is not often anticipated. Many people become worried when they start losing weight under a doctor’s supervision but notice that they go to the loo more or less frequently.

These changes are nothing to worry about. Although all people who go on a diet may not experience the same changes in their bodies, a significant number of dieters do have changes in bowel movement. This can be caused by several factors which go together with a change in lifestyle

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Weight Loss and Loose Stools Caused by a New Diet

When attempting to lose weight, many people find it effective to cut some of the carbohydrates from their diet and replace them with vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, lettuce and cucumbers all contain a lot of fiber. If you increase your intake of these foods you will automatically have more fiber in your meals. This will change the kind of stools that you have and allow more frequent bowel movements.

The degree of the change will depend on the amount of fruits and vegetables you have. It will also vary according to the kind of vegetables and fruit you have, since some, like bananas and tamarinds, are known to be natural laxatives. Eating fruit that is not properly ripened can also lead to diarrhea.

Weight Loss and Loose Stools Caused by Increased exercise

People who regularly walk, run, play football or engage in other forms of physical activity tend to have more frequent bowel movements. If you get your body moving, it improves the function of all your systems. The lymphatic system works more effectively and can better assist in fighting disease. Your digestive system will also function better when you get more exercise.

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These two factors, i.e., a change in diet and exercising more frequently, can cause dieters to have softer, fairly loose stools. If your stools are actually liquid, you should consult your physician. 

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  1. Good advice

  2. A very helpful article.

  3. i think this is a great article, many people do not realize all of the changes they might go through when dieting and exercising, glad you wrote this up.

  4. It always helps to know what to expect. I’m glad you liked it.

  5. Thanks Melody.

  6. Thanks Pattiann.

  7. good suggestions

  8. Interesting correlation, something one wouldn’t necessarily think about.

  9. Hi Girish

  10. @Maragret,

  11. Very helpful advise here Sahrifa

  12. I’m off for a big sticky bun mm i’m trying to put a pound or three on he he he cheers for this one Sharifa even if I’m a skinny lean mean machine cheers

  13. very good information about stools. By the way, last year, my friend who was at oversea happened to come across a book about types of stools and sent by post to me for knowledge, there are really many types.

  14. Did it have pictures? ;-)

  15. Thanks Gaby.

  16. Cheers Matt :-)

  17. Good article

  18. Very good information.

  19. Thanks Safa

  20. Thanks Eunike.

  21. good information that will come in handy for health buffs.

  22. Another great article. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I love the weight loss but the loose stools I’m not a fan of.

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