Constipation is not the most fun thing to discuss. However, not being regular can leave you looking bloated and a few pounds heavier. Being regular is the sure way to know that your metabolism is working and that your body is flushing out the waste and is prepared to take on more nutrition. Constipation does happen to the best of us. While it can be a serious medical problem, most constipation is caused by what we eat and can be cured by what we eat.
Healthy fats are essential to losing weight and staying regular. It helps keeps the intestines and colon lubricated and healthy. Fats from junk food work exactly the opposite against your body. The body cannot use bad fats for their benefits, so they basically just sit there waiting to be disposed of. The best way to add healthy fat to your diet to aid constipation is to have the oil raw. This means that instead of sautéing your food in olive oil, drizzle olive oil in a salad. Raw and organic coconut oil is also delicious on toast in replace of butter.
Fill Up On Fiber
Fiber is the best way to get your bowel movements going. Aiming for 25 to 29 grams of fiber a day will easily fill you up without causing you to gain weight. Many people who focused on reaching their daily limit with healthy fiber lost weight more easily than those trying to stay within their allowed calorie count. This is because when you only count calories, there is room for a few cookies and other junk food. When you focus on getting a fiber rich diet, junk food does not fit in because it has very little nutritional value.
Feel like you will never get to your fiber limit? Don’t worry. It takes practice to change an unhealthy diet to a fiber-full one. Instead of having a bowl of cereal for breakfast, make an all-fruit smoothie with flax seeds and wheat germ added in. Pair the smoothie with an egg white omelet with vegetables. Having a small cup of salad or vegetables before each meal will also help your fiber count. If you are still having trouble, feel free to add fiber chews and powders. Do not let these products replace your intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains though.
Don’t forget to drink enough water. Water will also act like a pusher of waste. It cleans out the toxins and keeps your body hydrated enough to stay regular.
Indulging in a healthy diet every day will not only make you “go” regularly again, but it will also make you feel better. Being regular helps you feel less bloated and also helps you lose weight in the long run. If you still do not experience change with a healthy diet, please consult a doctor. There could be different factors at work that are causing your irregularity.