Our expert says:
I am so worried about you. You should not have to struggle with constipation to the point that you damage yourself when you do have a motion. I also find it difficult to understand why you say fibre foods "worsen the constipation", because exactly the opposite should be true. Increasing your dietary fibre intake (all bran, wholewheat bread, etc) should help to make you less constipated. I don't know what type of slimming diet you are on, but if it is a variation of the Atkins diet which only contains high-protein and high-fat and no carbs then this diet will block you up totally (this is one of the reasons why I am so opposed to these high-protein diets). Please do the following: a) Buy a product called Fybogel which will help for the constipation, b) Start using a probiotic ("good microorganisms") by buying a product called "Bifidoflora" which you can buy at Health shops or from dietitians and start using it every day c) Boil dried fruit and then eat 1/2 cup with your breakfast every day, no matter what your diet prescribes, because your problem with constipation is much more serious than the overweight. d) STOP DRINKING 9 LITRES OF WATER A DAY! This is highly dangerous and can cause you all kinds of problems because if you drink 4 times more liquid per day than prescribed you will wash important electrolytes like potassium, sodium, magnesium and even calcium out of your body and you can land up with water intoxication. Just stick to 2,5 litres of liquid in TOTAL per day.
Finally if you have tried all these remedies for another 3 weeks and you are still not regular, please ask your gp to refer you to a Gastroenterologist (dr who specialises in illnesses of the digestive system) because you may suffer from an underlying physical condition that is causing the constipation.
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