Constipation and Weight Loss

The most common causes of constipation include a change in routine, not enough fibre in the daily diet, dietary change, not enough fluids and quality hydration and a lack of exercise. In some cases, constipation is caused by more serious illnesses and events, including tumours and systemic diseases.

According to the National Institute of Health, constipation is defined as having a bowel movement less than three times a week. This is often associated with unpleasant side effects such as bloating, gas and stools that are difficult to pass. Constipation associated with losing weight often is related to a loss of fluids, reduced intake or poor dietary choices. Fortunately, in most cases, most people find relief by making a few lifestyle changes.

Symptoms include:

  • Needing to open the bowels less often than usual 
  • Hard, dry stools that may be painful to pass 
  • Straining to pass the motion 
  • Having to sit on the toilet for much longer than usual 
  • The sensation afterwards that the bowel hasn’t fully emptied 
  • Bloated abdomen 
  • Abdominal cramps.
     

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