Our expert says:
The use of harsh laxatives is potentially dangerous because it can make you lose normal bowel function, deplete you of vital nutrients thus causing deficiencies and can even lead to dehydration. Do not use laxatives to lose weight under any circumstances. If you have been doing so, then stop immediately and use an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life) to lose weight in a sensible way.
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