When it comes to bowel movements, everyone is different. While it is ideal to go every day there may be times when it may only be 3-5 times a week. Going once every few days is nothing to worry about if it feels normal. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, constipation is defined as going fewer than three times per week. However, when your bowel movements stray from normal, you are likely to notice it and you may become concerned. If you have been trying to lose weight, you may notice constipation as a frustrating (yet typically temporary) side effect.
The relationship between weight loss and constipation
If you recently started changing your diet to include healthier foods, you may soon notice some constipation if you haven’t already. This is often linked to the shakes as there is very little fibre in them. However you may think, “I’m including so much more fresh fruits, vegetables, and fiber in my diet – Why am I constipated?”
If your body has been used to an unhealthy diet, changing to a healthier one may give your system a hard time. This results in constipation. In this way, though, it is temporary, and will go away once your body adjusts to your new, healthier way of eating. Also consider any new vitamin intake if you’ve noticed recent constipation.
Going back and forth between dieting habits is not recommended for your body. You need to give yourself time to adjust. Instead of focusing on a high-fiber or high-protein diet, for example, focus on a well-balanced diet. Aside from being easier on the body, it is easier to sustain it.
As we mentioned, constipation as a result of weight loss can be expected, especially with more drastic changes, but if you experience more than a week of constipation, it might be time to go to the doctor.
Tips to avoid constipation as a result of weight loss
Most importantly: Be mindful. Eat slower, and follow a schedule when planning your meals. Having a varied eating schedule can lead to constipation.
In addition to making sure you’re eating the right foods, make sure you hydrate properly. Avoid sugary drinks and ensure you consume at least 8-12 glasses of water per day. Don’t limit drinking water to just when you feel thirsty—drink with and in between meals and snacks, too.
In addition to modifying your diet, exercise can relieve constipation in a very short period of time. It helps move food throughout all stages of digestion. Walking and running are extremely effective when it comes to both relieving and preventing constipation as a result of weight loss.
How to achieve stable and effective weight loss for a healthy lifestyle
Anyone would agree that starting your weight loss journey is the hardest part. Once you overcome those first obstacles and stick with new habits, things will get (and stay) easier. But how can you get over that first hump with determination?
Hypnosis is an effective option for people who want to embark on a life-long health journey. Hypnotism for weight loss is about controlling thoughts in a way that will motivate you to think differently about your health and dietary choices.
If your weight loss goals are short-term (for example, losing weight for summer or for a wedding), hypnosis will prove to be very effective. However, for those looking to change their lives for the better, hypnosis can be that one last push they need. The act of hypnotizing someone in itself will not instantly help the pounds melt away, but hypnosis has the potential to create long-term changes in mindset.
Even though it may seem paradoxical, constipation is a fairly common and temporary side effect of weight loss, especially when it comes to drastic changes in diet. Sudden incorporation of fresh foods into a diet that is lacking can put temporary distress on the body. Your best bet is to keep up the positive eating habits and pay attention to any bodily changes.
How Can Hypnosis Help Me
If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being overweight, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the sugar induced foods and being free of this killing condition. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to take control and change your life by not going on a diet but making a Life Style change in only three easy sessions.