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This may sound stupid, but I really would like to know.

I am a person who has had a bowel movement only once every three or four days pretty much my whole life. Now that I've started my excercise routine I seem to have a bowel movement just about every day. Is this because I'm loosing weight? (I only started my workouts about 8 days ago. I'm doing them every day for at least 40 minutes at a time.) I'm not going to get on the scale more than once every 2 weeks. Where does the weight go when you loose it? What I mean by that is how does your body get rid of it?

Tue. May 22, 8:26am

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I can't tell you where it gos but great question!! I totally agree if anyone knows.........hook us up!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 8:30 AM

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I typed this question in Google and this came from the Mayo Clinic website.

Body fat: Where does it go when you lose weight?

Where does body fat go when you lose weight? How does your body get rid of it?
- Elisa / Texas
Mayo Clinic dietitian Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.


When you consume fewer calories than your body needs, your body turns to fat for energy. Body fat is broken down through a series of complex metabolic processes. Your body uses the energy produced by these processes. The waste products from these processes are water and carbon dioxide. You excrete water primarily through urine and sweat, and carbon dioxide by exhaling.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 8:54 AM

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A calorie is a unit of energy, specifically of heat. You are burning calories all the time, not only to move yourself around, but to maintain your body temperature.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 9:39 AM

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Activity breeds activity

The reason you are having more frequent bowel movements is likely due to a couple factors: You are likely drinking more water and eating more fiber. This helps to grease the gears. Also importantly, you are exercising more. When you exercise your body, you increase the motility (movement) in your gut as well, leading to more movements on out. It's generally considered more healthful to have regular frequent bowel movements, so enjoy the lighter feeling you get! ;)

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 10:22 AM

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I think I read where exercise can help mobility of the GI tract. So it helps more than just skeletal muscle, but joints and intestinal activity. I don't think you are losing more calories through the movements, but the material is getting through faster. So, a more natural form of cleansing, if you will. Are you eating more veggies/ fiber? That is a very beneficial thing on gut motility.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 10:23 AM

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Actually yes, you are going to have a bit more waste if you are burning more calories. A calorie may be a unit of heat, but you don't get heat without a reaction and most reactions are not 100% efficient, thus you have by-products, and sweat, urine and feces are the transport mechanisms by which our bodies rid themselves of the solid waste from the various processes going on in our bodies.

Exercise stimulates your intestines (they are in your core) and can really get things moving in more ways than one! Have gas or constipation? One of the best things you can do is get moving - literally. Knowing that, it makes sense that having a strong core can really reduce incidences of gastric distress. I know I've certainly noticed this. As other posters have noted fiber also stimulates your digestive tract, but in a different way. Regular exercise and a high-fiber diet together are pretty optimal for digestive health. I used to have stomach problems all the time and I'm so happy that they've all but disappeared. These issuses tend to run in my family and I have many relatives on drugs and who have had to have surgery and I was really worried that was happening to me as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007, 11:05 AM

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