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Use of laxatives

Through out the last few years, I have encountered friends who have used laxatives. One friend used them daily, but the others said they would use them on occassion if they knew they were going to over eat. Not that I am considering using laxatives, but some people swear by them for weight control. Has anybody tried this? What are the side effects? Are there long term side effects? Just curious...because it seems like I keep hearing about laxatives.

Tue. Jun 12, 9:57am

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I used laxatives long ago when my eating disorder had a strong hold of me. Don't do it it's a slippery slope.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:04 AM

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so, you're not considering using laxatives, but you want to know about how and if they work and what side effects they might have? please. take a moment and ask yourself seriously, " do i think using laxatives may be a smart, healthy and sound way to lose weight?" keep saying to yourself," burn more calories than i eat." if you keep hearing about proper eating and exercising, maybe that will help drown out the things you keep hearing about laxatives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:09 AM

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My dh has to use laxatives regularly because of chronic constipation but I would never consider it as a weight loss measure.

If you want to have more regular BM try taking fiber cabsules or fiber supplements like Benefiber or Metamucil.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:18 AM

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or how about eating actual food with high fiber content? why do you need to find a short cut or an alternative to just sticking to eating healthy foods in proper protions and exercising?

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:20 AM

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Hey guys, thanks for your comments. I appreciate it. I'm healthy & at my goal weight---I should've mentioned that in my post. I was honestly just curious because it does seem like I keep hearing about laxative use, like it is some normal thing or something. I just wanted to throw it out there & hear some honest accounts. I know that "friends"/aquantainces may not be completely honest about something so personal. Thank you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:37 AM

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we read and see a lot about using weight-loss drugs and illegal drugs and starving and crazy cabbage diets as well. use your noodle to weed through the obviously poor choices that some people make and try to push onto others, maybe in an attempt to hide their stupidity / guilt for having made silly decisions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:57 AM

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I have to admit that i use laxitives after i have eaten a huge meal. The downside is I always feel terrible, physically afterwards, so to me the side effects are not worth the trouble.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:00 PM

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The side effects are cramps & runny... It can hurt alot. If I ever use them, I usually think, why? Why do I intentionally give myself cramps.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:03 PM

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A nice laxative tea can be really helpful, and way more "natural" than over the counter laxatives. Have a cup before bed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 9:09 PM

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I use laxatives occassionally. I used to use them frequently like your friend, daily, because the effects are addicting, you feel instantly thin. But then I had a wake up call and learned that it's really dangerous and harmful to your body. I haven't completely quit using them, sometimes when I overeat which is rarely these days, or if I eat something that I know will make me constipated, I use them. Other times are when I have an event or something, I've gotten good at knowing how they will affect me...sometimes, laxatives will make you go and go and go so you have to be careful!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 10:19 PM

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