Our expert says:
The reason why you are so constipated is that except for the Weetbix in the morning, you are not really eating any foods that contain a lot of dietary fibre. We are supposed to ingest 20g of dietary fibre per day and I doubt that you are getting more than about 6 g/day. Instead of getting addicted to laxatives, I would suggest that you sprinkle wheat bran (buy at health shop) over your breakfast and even add it to your soup. But be careful, start out with 1 teaspoon (t) per day and gradually add more fibre 1 t at a time. Suddenly eating vast amounts of fibre can make you bloated and uncomfortable - give your body time to adjust. In addition, you have cut your fat intake so drastically that this could also contribute to constipation. Try having 1 t of olive oil on your salad to lubricate your bowels and ensure that you don't get a deficiency of essential fatty acids. Your diet on the whole is rather unbalanced and should not be used for long. Once you have reached your target weight or go on your trip, I would recommend that you use a more balanced low-fat (not zero fat) diet to lose weight which at least should include more low-fat milk and yoghurt and some high-fibre bread or additional cereal or vegetables. Eating apples with the skin will also help your bowel movements.
I hope you have a wonderful trip.
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