Do You Lose Weight When You Poop?

This is a question that many people wonder, but few people will actually ask. Thanks to the internet you can type it into a search engine and get the answer you’re looking for without the embarrassment. So can you lose weight when you poop? Yes you can, but you just gain it right back.

Bowel movements vary in size and type, so the weight varies. A typical bowel movement weighs about .25 pounds. If you weigh yourself before and after you have a bowel movement you may notice about a .25 pound difference. The thing is, it’s not a permanent weight loss. As soon as you eat you will gain it back. Some people have reported a 2-3 pound weight loss after pooping, but those individuals probably lost a bunch of water and had not had a bowel movement for multiple days.

Healthy individuals will have a bowel movement around the same time every day. Those individuals typically have a lot of fiber in their diet and eat a consistent amount of food without a lot of deviation.

So while you do lose weight when you poop it is not a permanent weight loss. It’s best to focus on living a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. Focusing too much on losing weight from pooping is not your best use of time.

Suzanne Somers

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