Constipation and Weight Loss
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.
- 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.