The amount of weight you lose from colon therapy varies from person to person. It's at least partly based on the amount of waste found in your intestinal tract. All forms of colon therapy increase the expulsion of stool from your colon, so the pounds lost are mostly the result of bodily waste. You're also losing fluids as a result of colon therapy, which means some of the pounds can be contributed to water weight.
An average bowel movement weighs about 450 grams, which is equivalent to roughly 1 pound. If you go through colon therapy, you can expect to lose at least this amount of weight. Some proponents of colon therapy, on the other hand, will tell you that the intestinal tract carries 10 to 15 pounds of impacted stool. If this were true, you'd then lose about this amount of weight after colon therapy. However, your colon doesn't become impacted until you've suffered from long-term constipation, explains MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health medical information website. It's highly unlikely, especially if you're having regular bowel movements, to experience such results after colon therapy.
Along with the movement of waste, you're also expelling more fluids than normal. Colon therapy increases the rate your waste is moving through the intestinal tract. Normally, the walls of your intestines leach fluids from your stool. But if you speed up the time it takes to move stool to your rectum, you're not absorbing as much fluid as normal, thereby increasing results.
Rather than focusing on pounds lost, it's more appropriate to direct your attention to fat. Excess weight is the result of excess fat. Going through a colon cleanse isn't doing anything to reduce this fat. Instead, you're just getting rid of waste at a faster rate than normal. This isn't to say it can't make an impact on the scale, but the results are only short-lived. As soon as you drink fluids and digest foods, the weight is likely to return.
A better option is to change your lifestyle. If you're carrying around excess weight, you're often eating too much and exercising too little. To combat this, you should limit your caloric intake and include regular exercise into your daily routine. Both of these factors can help you reach what's known as a caloric deficit. It takes a deficit of 3,500 calories to lose a pound of fat. If you're able to reach a shortage of 500 calories each day, you'll lose 1 lb. each week, and you can achieve the deficit through a combo of cutting calories and exercising.
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- MedlinePlus; Fecal Impaction; January 2011