Weight loss has some important indicators to help those in their weight loss programs. Most Americans have anywhere from three bowel movements per day to some three per/week. If you fall in this range, you are considered "normal". In a 1982 study by Dross man and others these statistics were found. There are day-to-day variations in frequency; however most of you will still fall well within this finding.
Remember however, if you are eating properly you will be going at least once a day. See article on "Roughage or Fiber?" Different circumstances can affect your bowel movement habits. You may be aware of factors such as traveling and eating different foods you may not be accustomed to eating. Also some women often find a change in their movements during their period. Higher temperatures can encourage more bowel movements, and colder conditions may reduce movements.
If you do not fall within this "normal" range, you should see your medical doctor. If you're not sure about how often you make bowel movements then keep a written record. Place a note pad and pencil in your bathroom to keep track for month. You should be able to identify your bowel movement regularity in a month's time. Your record will tell you how your body is functioning.
What about your Stool Weight?
Have you ever gone to the bathroom and weighed yourself first. Then after your bowel movement weighed yourself again? I know you thought you must have lost an easy two-three pounds. Here is the real scoop the average stool weight is 4.3 ounces or thereabout. Normally there is very little reason to know the actual weight loss of your stool. However, it can help a doctor to determine if there is a problem.
What about Stool sinkers and floaters?
For normal situations your stool should float. The real situation is that people for the most part pass "sinkers." Floaters are better than sinkers! That is what you have to look forward to when assessing the healthiness of your stool. You can have greater pleasure in seeing your stool float for you. This may be more information than you care to share with others but floating stool is what you want to achieve.
What does floating Stools tells us?
Floating stool tells you that the food you're eating is properly balanced. If your stool sinks it is an indication you have eaten more protein. If your stool has a shine you have consumed too much sugar. Now for balance I'm not saying that every time you go to the bathroom you should have wonderful shaped floaters. However your stool is an indicator for your body's health.
To your weight loss success, health and happiness,
John Schmidt - Weight Loss Nutritionist Coach