Weight Loss Support - How to say this sweetly...constipation!!

08-25-2011, 12:33 PM
I'm on a program...a high protein, low carb (somewhat low dairy) type of deal. I'm on my second week and finding the program easy to follow. I was down about 6 lbs (about 3lbs a week) but then the scale started going the other direction. I understand that the weight loss slows, but not going this quickly in the other direction.

I also just started taking a medication that enhances constipation, something I've always struggled with anyway. So I understand what is happeneing, but I've never had it where I'm gaining about 1/2 lb a day following a 1,200 calorie diet.

I'm eating like a saint, but work behind a desk. I try to stay busy in the evenings and even started going on 3 mile walks this week. Is there something I can take that isn't a laxative to help???

08-25-2011, 12:48 PM
I'm just starting to go through menopause and am having the same problem. I was having to take a laxative about every 5 days. I didn't want to keep that up so I researched it and finally started drinking prune juice everyday. I buy the unsweetened kind and drink about 4 oz. every day. It takes a few days to kick in but it has been the answer for me.

Hope this helps!


08-25-2011, 12:49 PM
I would say fiber. Cherries usually help me out in this case. Prunes might be another option. Apple juice too.

08-25-2011, 12:56 PM
Fiber! And water. Lots of water.

08-25-2011, 01:18 PM
Thanks for the prune juice qty, I always wondered how much to take! Also, never thought of cherries so I will give that try. As for fiber, I eat lots of fiber, I've always found that increasing fiber intake doesn't help me much. I've never understood that.

08-25-2011, 01:30 PM
I use Natural Calm that I picked up from a natural foods store. It is magnesium. Works great for me! And it tastes good.

08-25-2011, 01:33 PM
I found that Fiber One cereal is a pretty good motivator for BM's.. I am drinking lots of water and that didn't help me with the constipation at all. Good luck!!

08-25-2011, 01:48 PM
YEs to fiber and water. I never liked the taste of prune juice but for me apples work well. I also do somewhat low carb but make sure to have a bit of fruit to help with these issues. ;)

08-25-2011, 02:05 PM
How much is "a lot of fiber"? 25 g/day is a minimum for women I've read. I've gotten up to 40 g/day while still restricting carbs without too much hassle. Running also helps me sometimes.

08-25-2011, 02:06 PM
Just drank my first 4 oz of prune juice (gulp), it is .... gross, haha. Worth a try though. Also I got some probiotic colon support pills...anyone ever try that? Eating lots of apples...if the prune juice doesn't help I might try a fiber mix to put in my water. Thanks for all the great help :0)

08-25-2011, 02:12 PM
I never go below 25g of fiber, even when not eating the best. I like to stay above 30 at the minimum. Nursing an ankle issue at the moment, otherwise a good jog does help :)

08-25-2011, 02:13 PM
Your body is probably suffering because of how little fiber you're letting in to your system. Are you allowed to eat more vegetables? You'd have to eat a lot more to get the fiber you need.

You also have to understand that a lot of people "go" less often when they're eating so little. For me, once a day is perfectly normal while dieting.

Beach Patrol
08-25-2011, 03:02 PM
Hi protein diet = constipation in almost everyone. Your body is screaming for magnesium. You can do two things, which both are perfectly healthy (according to my doc!)

1) take magnesium pills (how many is an individual thing; I personally take 6-8 per day)

2) you can take Milk of Magnesia - it is NOT a laxative (but can be used as one) & is perfectly safe to take every day.

Happy "bowling" :D

08-25-2011, 03:37 PM
I recently had the same problem, although it wasn't due to diet. I found out I was going to be laid off and shock just set in. I stopped doing the activities I normally do, including staying hydrated. I hadn't gone to the bathroom like I wanted to for a couple of days. I definitely felt it. I felt sluggish and tired, which to a degree was a result of the news I had just heard.

However, I was starting to feel so heavy. I realized I was very dehydrated each time I peed and it got darker and darker. After about a day of getting back to my normal hydration level, I started being very regular again and I felt SO MUCH better!!:)

I can easily imagine that a special diet would effect your regularity. I've never been one for prune juice. Thankfully in my case, increasing hydration got me back on track!

Arctic Mama
08-25-2011, 03:59 PM
I second magnesium! There are some great powder supplements with stevia that you can drink like tea (I take one called Mama Ease and it makes things go very nicely!), or plain old milk of magnesia should help. If your fiber is high and water intake is good, that would be my next recommendation.

I hope things move for you a little better ;)

08-25-2011, 04:13 PM
I don't advise this method regularly but i HAD to do it once and about to do it again because i've only gone once since Friday :( i'm dying! I did 8 oz. of water and 1 tsp of Sea Salt, must be Sea Salt not table salt. Worked within 1/2 hour ;) Block the old nose and chug! The ONLY thing that helped me after apples, probiotic, high fiber, water, nothing worked for me till that!

08-25-2011, 05:15 PM
Metamucil has become my best friend ;).

RJ 1980
08-25-2011, 05:58 PM
Strong coffee works for me! :D

Fiber never helps me unless I have tons of water with it.

08-25-2011, 10:15 PM
When I read the title, before first clicking on the thread, the very first thing that came to mind was "high protein diet?". When I lost the majority of my weight, before I went vegan, I had jumped on the very high protein bandwagon because it was what had been most popular here at the time and therefore often recommend by well intentioned people. As far as the title goes.. yeah, really developed that issue. I needed to take fiber tablets every day, and sometimes that didn't help much. Now that my diet is high fiber and moderate on protein, I never have that issue.. thank goodness.

Anyway, I have to echo the suggestions of more fiber. And I don't mean the minimum recommended daily amount, or slightly above it, but an actual good deal of fiber. If your plan allows it, try incorporating, for instance, more beans in your diet(beans have protein too.. win/win!) or a good variety of fruit.. the obvious more veggies.. etc.

Oh, and I've also found hot tea gets things going. Green, black, white, oolong, whatever.. perhaps you could try that.

08-26-2011, 07:41 AM
I have this problem a lot, especially when my gastric emptying delay is being particularly jerky, like now. Also, because of the delay, I'm not allowed to eat a lot of high fiber foods, and fruit juices are out for the most part because of allergies.

Though I know you asked about solutions that aren't laxatives, I just wanted to say that I use Miralax pretty regularly, and though sometimes it takes a day or two - it works really well. Miralax works a little bit different than most laxatives too - it's not a stimulant - the propolene glycol powder travels through your system and then absorbs water in the intestines to soften things up a bit. It's not bad to take, either. You can mix it into any liquid - I don't much like it in plain water, but find it unnoticeable in a bit of crystal light.

Just wanted to make a suggestion if you find that you can't stomach the prune juice!:)

08-26-2011, 08:14 AM
eat more leafy vegs and try lactulose once a week.

08-26-2011, 08:48 AM
I can totally relate that is the worst feeling ): It sounds like you are pretty good about eating healthy and getting your fiber in. I drink a daily shake called ********** and it provides you with all your daily vitamins and some of the bonuses are that it cuts craving, helps with regularity and reduces bloating. Has made a big difference in how I feel and helped me lose the last stubborn lbs of baby weight. If you want to try it I can send you a sample. And it's chocolate... yumm.

Have a great day,


08-26-2011, 08:54 AM
chia seeds! Great in smoothies, make "pudding", in water - works like a charm. As others have said, make sure you are getting enough water too.

08-26-2011, 09:23 AM
I've experienced annoying constipation since changing my eating habits. I thought eventually it would go away, but it seems to go away and then return. So, I started eating one bowl of Raisin Bran every day. (I know I sound like a commercial, but I'm serious.) It keeps me ridiculously regular and softens my BMs. I actually started eating it just to use it up because it was sitting in the cabinet going to waste, but after I realized how great it was for my digestion, I bought more.

08-26-2011, 11:35 AM
Thanks for all of the great advice! I did a saltwater flush (which I've done before, it worked pretty well). I am going to try the prune juice, on day 2 so far! Also taking a probiotic, since I did do a flush I wanted to make sure I had good bacteria in place. Looking into fiber supplements at the moment...I'm eating raw fruits and veggies on a daily basis, the thought of eating more is not appealing.

Chia seeds - Looked into, pretty cool idea!! I'd never heard of it...might try to find some of those.

Metamucil or Miralax - Might try some of that if the prune juice and probiotic doesn't help.

********** - going to look into that more!! sounds yummy :0)

Raisin Bran - Can't eat it on my diet, but might try to get my DB to try it.

08-26-2011, 11:45 AM
side note: already taking magnesium...maybe I should take more becuase it isn't making a difference. lol