Constipation weight gain. It had come, that dreaded moment to weigh in.
I tip toed onto the scale, hoping that maybe if I stepped on as lightly as possible the dial would be kinder to me.
Upon stepping aboard, my technique proved unsuccessful.
I stepped off with a shriek of frustration. “Stupid scale must be broke”, I muttered.
As I was leaving the room I caught sight of the looming presence of the toilet and frowned. It had reminded me of something else that hadn't been working quite right lately. My colon.
Can Constipation Make Us Fat?
The battle of the bulge. Many of us have been fighting this seemingly endless war for some time.
I have waged many wars to lose weight and be the healthiest me I can be. However, a not so amusing thing kept happening as I did so.
I kept getting constipated!
Upon throwing my system into a new and healthier eating regimen, I didn't keep enough fiber in my diet.
For instance, there was one point I ate a full diet of lean proteins such as eggs and chicken breast. Though I did lose weight; these foods made me constipated and bloated.
The scale went down but my gut seemed to magically grow out as my stool became shriveled, dry and difficult to eliminate.
Ten pounds down, yet I felt fatter than ever.
What about constipation weight gain?
Maybe you have watched the commercials dealing with the colon where they talk about people losing up to 20 pounds from cleaning out a backed up colon.
I’m happy to say that, except for rare situations, constipation weight gain is a myth as well.
It is very unusual to gain more than five pounds of weight from backed up waste due to constipation.
Why? The tremendous pain, fatigue, fever, cramps and general state of unbearable misery caused by even a pound or two of backed up feces is enough to propel anyone into desperate action to rid it.
It would take literally years of living in the horrid state of advanced constipation before one’s colon could achieve 40 pounds of backed up feces.
Actually, most colons would tear open from the sheer strain of such grand amounts of stool, likely resulting in death.
Constipation usually causes weight loss
When it comes to extreme constipation, most people find that they lose their appetites, and lose weight in the process.
As toxins build up in the system over the stretch of several days to a week's time, the gut has nowhere else to place the toxins and therefore is forced to re-distribute them back into the body.
As toxins are absorbed back into the blood and deposited throughout the body, it can cause nausea.
How to Stop and Prevent Constipation
Even though it is much more common to experience weight loss when constipated as opposed to constipation weight gain, having a bloated, extended gut can still feel pretty miserable.
So how can we prevent this bloated, fat feeling from ever striking? So glad you asked!
Alternate Causes of Constipation Weight Gain
Though constipation in itself is not a solid reason for ongoing weight gain, there are a few conditions worth mentioning, for which both constipation and weight gain occur together.
A Note in Closing
Most of us want to avoid both constipation AND weight gain.
I hope this article has been helpful. Blessings, and as always, thank you for reading!