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Yeah, I know- it seems unfair, doesn't it? I have been 150+ lbs. overweight for years, and I feel like my body never gets a chance to digest anything so I don't know how it holds onto the weight. I was reading an IBS book lately, however, that people with IBS-D don't properly absorb vitamins and minerals, so they tend to be malnourished, which doesn't necessarily translate to thin. In fact, being malnourished makes you want to eat all the time, even if you are not hungry. I know I have iron, magnesium, and D deficiencies, and I wouldn't be surprised to find more. I'm not a nutritionist or anything, but it seems like my body could be getting all the calories but none of the nourishment that would satisfy me and make things run properly.
I have never done too well with fiber, unfortunately. For many years I could not eat salad, carrots, celery or anything like that. After seeing many of those reports that people needed more fiber to control their IBS I added a teaspoon to a very large pot of spaghetti one time and ended up in the bathroom within minutes of starting to eat it and stayed there all day. I just can't understand why I can't lose any weight when everything just goes through me immediately.
This is a short excerpt from an article I read: "Although many people would think that Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers don't have problems with weight gain, they can and do. Luckily, weight gain related to IBS can easily be prevented by consuming a regular amount of fiber, exercising on a normal basis and avoiding high-fat foods."
But in my words, sometimes it is difficult to eat a lot of fiber foods because they also can cause D where I am concerned. I wish I had the answer. Because I am also struggling so much with my weight.
Linda - Florida
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The last month (since Thanksgiving) I can't eat anything without getting the runs unless I take at least two Immodium. Usually it takes about 10 minutes or less to hit. Why is it that I keep gaining weight when everything just runs through so fast? Do others here have that problem? I have read that people think those with D don't have any problems with losing weight. My cousin even accused me of lying because she said I would be skinny if I had chronic D.