I have an issue. Every time I start to eat healthy (cut out the junk food, replace with veg and reduce carbs slightly although not to a LCHF way) i have been sticking to 1200 cals a day (just under) but I can't poo! It happens every time and it's uncomfortable and it stalls the scales going down.
I don't even get the urge to go anymore like there's just nothing there!
I am drinking a lot of water and I eat a lot of veg some fruit, lean meats and a small amount of grain, hardly any dairy. I don't understand it but I'm at the point of relying on laxatives which I don't think is healthy.
Yes I do the 1,2 or 3 mike walk at home workout at least once a day plus I have an active job. I will continue because my weight is becoming an issue. Can I use a mild laxative everyday or a few times a week to keep me going without causing my body to become dependent on it?
Same, I think it's partially decreased volume of food, even eating five or more a day; partially dehydration as water weight is lost, and partially - although this may be fanciful - that the reduced calories intake means digestion slows as the body ties to extract every calorie.
I also find that a high fat meal solves the issue, so tend to build one in every now and then.
I eat one of the half and half breads when I eat bread which isn't very often at all, maybe once a week for breakfast, I'm hoping it's just a case of adjusting, maybe in one of those people that don't need to go everyday when healthy.
A brief food diary last 2 days (if anyone's interested)
B - Greek yoghurt w/walnuts and banana or a slice of 50/50 toast w/marmite and a banana.
L - Salmon/tuna/egg/chicken chunks and lots of green salad and an orange or apple if I'm still hungry in the afternoon.
D - Chickpea shwarma (warm salad) or a chilli con carne, I have whatever to Family is having but a smaller portion topped up with extra veg.
I drink water, very weak squash or warm herbal tea. I drink at least 2ltrs a day if not more, I'm quite a thirsty person.
The good thing I, despite my digestive system slowing down, my unexplained episodes of shortness of breath have got a lot better since cutting out the junk and moving more.
In order of effectiveness, from lowest to highest, I skip eggs and eat raw cabbage (coleslaw), spinach and celeriac. Celeriac has never been known to fail. On holiday, a cup of senna pod tea before going to sleep and, for fun, a couple of prunes and a square of dark chocolate.
Im usually quite a happy person, so long as my bowels work every day.