You’ve surely looked in the mirror more than once and seen that your stomach is more prominent than normal, especially on those days when you suffer from constipation and feel bloated. You weigh yourself and realize you’ve gained a few pounds. How is that possible? Can constipation lead to weight gain?
We will talk about this topic today. We are sure we can help you solve this recurring problem!
Can Constipation Cause Weight Gain?
The answer is no, but we will analyze every aspect to understand why. We will start with an example. It has been a week since you haven’t been able to go to the bathroom regularly. In other words, you have constipation problems. You notice your clothing is much tighter on the stomach area. Your scale also says that you weigh a little more. So what causes this?
- This weight gain is not because of accumulated fat, but rather those elements stored in your intestines that you should have gotten rid of in the form of feces. Food waste is what is causing you inflammation. Toxins that also boost fluid retention.
- Weight gain because of constipation is “felt by us” but it is not real. When your intestinal system regulates itself, those extra pounds on the scale will disappear.
- Although it is true that your stomach will look more inflated, it is not fat or muscle, but rather swelling caused by feces retention. Constipation does not boost weight gain as you may think, which is why your figure does not look different nor do you have to buy new clothes. However, you should know that constipation is not healthy either and those “extra pounds” due to the presence of accumulated feces can cause serious problems.
- Going to the bathroom regularly and keeping your intestines clean is also an important factor in taking care of your general health. This allows you to be able to cleanse your body better, free yourself of toxins and harmful elements that boost, for example, fluid retention. So, when following a weight loss diet, it is important to include that dose of fiber, liquids, fruits, and vegetables that will help you not only lose weight but also avoid constipation. Being able to have normal bowel movements is part of your health.
- If you suffer from severe constipation, you can see a weight gain of up to 2 to 3 pounds in a small amount of time. There is an increase in weight, but once again it is not a true increase. As long as you regulate this problem, that excess weight will disappear. Experts say that direct proof that you are gaining weight is your body mass index. Watch the volume of your waist, arms… Sometimes, what tends to happen is that you eat poorly for a few days or weeks. Too many sugars, too little water and little fiber. As a result, your body reacts by producing liquids to eliminate that excess and for that reason, you will look more bloated. However, it is not true fat. They are processes that last for only a few days if you use a remedy like a better diet and drinking more liquids.
How to Effectively Avoid Constipation
First we should mention that women are the ones who tend to experience constipation and fluid retention the most. Some days we look really bad in front of the mirror, we feel bloated… But, by following proper steps, we assure you that this can be prevented from happening.
You just have to change some habits, concentrate on what is necessary to help you out a little more. Think about how sometimes stress or daily obligations make you move faster, and “when you have to go” you prefer to deal with it later. If you do this continuously, your health will end up suffering from it. Take note of what you should do:
1. The Importance of Breakfast
Breakfast is key to fighting constipation. There is a formula that never fails and that you should keep in mind. Include a piece of fruit, oats, and a hot drink. How about you make a cup of oatmeal with a few pieces of kiwi and grapes? Then, a hot nettle infusion can be great if you drink it slowly with a little bit of honey.
2. Aloe Vera and Orange Smoothie
Combining aloe vera with orange is an amazing remedy for fighting constipation. Take note of how to do it:
- 30 grams of aloe vera (the transparent gel from inside of the plant)
- 150 mL of warm water
- An orange
- Heat the water in a teapot, and when it is boiling, add the aloe vera. Let it dissolve. Meanwhile, take the juice from the orange. Lastly, just mix the warm aloe vera infusion with the orange juice and drink it on an empty stomach. Delicious!
3. Moderate Physical Exercise
It is very healthy to walk for a half an hour a day, go for a swim… Staying active will get your intestine to move as necessary in order to boost proper bowel movements. And remember, you will not only be fighting constipation but will also be taking care of your health.
4. Early and Light Dinner
It is important to not overfill your stomach with excess food at night. Heavy digestion at the end of the day makes your intestine become slow and store residue that will be very hard to get rid of in the morning. Light dinners two hours before bed are ideal.
5. Fiber, Vegetables, and Liquids
It is the same formula as always. A diet rich in fresh vegetables (if they are raw, even better), fiber, and plenty of liquids will help regulate your intestinal movements. Also, try rich beet and carrot-based smoothies. They are delicious and effective!