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Do laxatives help you lose weight?

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According to the National Eating Disorders Association, using laxatives to drop pounds is not an effective form of weight loss and can be extremely damaging to a person's health if used excessively. Laxatives force the intestines to purge and should only be used occasionally to treat constipation.

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NEDA explains that any weight lost through the use of laxatives is simply water weight and returns shortly after a person eats food or drinks liquids again. The water that is purged robs the body of several important minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus. Without these electrolytes, several health complications can arise and lead to possible damage to the intestines, nervous system and heart.

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