Updated: Jun 22
Yep! It's true! When it comes to optimizing weight loss, paying attention to your poop can have massive upsides.
This is because, believe it or not, the consistency, shape, and regularity of your poop matters! All of these poop markers can tell you a lot about your digestion and gut health. If your digestion and gut health are not on point, your metabolism wont be either. Your gut is referred to as your second brain because it plays such an important role in how the body functions and so it's very important to keep it happy and healthy.
What you see in the toilet after doing your business is a result of your diet and lifestyle. I've found that most of the time people are unaware that their poop can tell them what foods may be doing more harm than good within their body.
One quick and easy way to check your poop is by figuring out what type of poop you have based on the Bristol Stool Chart.
Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts, that are usually hard to pass.
Type 2: Sausage shaped, but lumpy.
Type 3: Sausage shaped, but with cracks on the surface.
Type 4: Sausage or shape-like, smooth and soft.
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges that are usually easy to pass.
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, mushy.
Type 7: Water, no solid pieces. (entirely liquid)
Reading the Chart:
Type 1–2 indicate constipation.
Type 3–4 are ideal stools as they are easier to pass without being too watery.
Type 5–7 may indicate diarrhea and urgency.
If your poop isn't a 3-4 on the chart, then I suggest taking a look back at your food log to find the possible culprit. Once you have an idea of what that food is, try eliminating that food for 7-10 days. You should notice a difference in your poop, so pay attention!
When you reintroduce it back into your diet, pay extra attention to how it is affecting you physically and how your body responds by checking out your poop.
If you feel fine. Awesome! Maybe that food wasn't the culprit? Choose the next possible culprit and repeat.
If it messes up your poop from a 3-4 on the scale. Now you have a better idea as to why!
This is one of the many ways I go about finding food intolerances and sensitivities, which ultimately helps keep inflammation within the body lower. Therefore, helping to lose some undesired weight on the scale.
To only having 3-4's on the poop scale,