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How Much Weight Can You Lose by Taking a Dump? Can You Weigh Farts? Everything You Wanted To Know About Your PooP

February 22, 2016

UPDATE: The 7 Reasons Farting is Good For You

Dropping a deuce, pinching a loaf, laying pipe, reading the sports page, seeing a man about a horse, all are names for the same thing.

But how much does it weigh? Can you lose weight by taking laxatives or giving birth to a legend size turn monster? How much does a fart weigh?  Do women fart as much as men? Let’s look into it.

How much your poop weighs

According to thrill list health:

To find out how much our stool adds to the scale, researchers (serious poop researchers do exist, folks) collected samples from people living in 12 different countries to get a comprehensive overview.

They discovered that poop weighs between 2.5oz and 1lb, on average.

Have you ever weighed yourself before and then after taking a dump?

Of course you have! Who hasn’t? The best part is seeing the scale budge in your favor after dropping the kids off at the pool.

So it stands to reason that if you could poop more, you’d lose weight, right? Same for farting — gas has mass, after all. Could pooping and farting be legit weight-loss secrets, or is it all just a lot of hot air?

How much your poop weighs

To find out how much our stool adds to the scale, researchers (serious poop researchers do exist, folks) collected samples from people living in 12 different countries to get a comprehensive overview.

They discovered that poop weighs between 2.5oz and 1lb, on average.

Unsurprisingly, Westernized populations have the lowest poop weights, thanks to a severe lack of fiber that comes with a fast-food diet. Western samples only averaged between 3-4oz, which isn’t nearly enough to make a difference in your skinny jeans.

How much do farts weigh? And how do you even weigh farts?

Very, very carefully. Gastroenterologists in England tried to determine a fart’s weight by giving study participants 200g of baked beans in addition to their normal diet. Even scientists know beans are a magical fruit. To measure the toots these beans are known for, they used rectal catheters over the course of 24 hours, which raises serious concerns about the mental stability of the participants.

Despite the method, the data collected may surprise you more.

Scientists learned that the farts weighed between 16-50oz per day. That’s right: You’re holding as much gas in your system as a small Sweetums soda. And in case you’re wondering (you’re obviously wondering), “Women and men expelled equivalent amounts,” according to science.  That’s right.  Your sweet little cupcake is cutting the cheese and stinking up the room just as much as you are.

Pooping to lose weight is actually a really bad idea

Of course, there are those out there who see “poop can weigh a pound” and will try to up their poop game by taking laxatives. Bad idea. Robert Herbst, an 18-time world-champion powerlifter and one of the drug-testing supervisors at the Rio Olympics, says laxative-driven weight loss happens even at the highest levels of sport, and it isn’t pretty.

Herbst confirms that dropping a deuce will in fact budge the number on the scale, though it won’t alter your body composition or muscle percentage, saying, “One pound in does not guarantee one [pound] out,” because food is metabolized differently. Certain foods are absorbed more efficiently, while others pass right through (looking at you, corn).

So while a pound of lettuce may work its way out to the porcelain water slide, a pound of pie will most likely stick to your thighs. Pooping isn’t a total elimination of all the calories you eat, since that wouldn’t make any sense. Your body needs energy, so it’s not going to shit it all out.

On top of that, Herbst’s experience monitoring weigh-ins taught him that no one’s going to see Biggest Loser-type results. He says you may see a 5lb drop (if that), depending on how much you currently weigh. If you’re a big dude, you’re going to expel more in weight and volume because you’re already eating more.

The majority of people will only be able to look forward to a mere 1-2lb difference (at most) if you’re an active person. Those losses aren’t worth canceling your gym membership, and in extreme cases, excessive laxative use can lead to all sorts of nasty medical complications.

What About Competitive Eaters?

I watch the July 4th Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest yearly.  Joey Chestnut knocked down 70 dogs in 10 minutes.  I’m not sure how much that weighs, but given the average Joe spits out almost 2 pounds after a few dogs at most, does that mean that Joey is somewhere between a Saint Bernard and an elephant the day after the contest?

I found this gem THE 8 TYPES OF POOP YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE because it means you have a problem

What Does Your Poop Say About You?

I found this gem at did you know your facts?

And finally, go to this link to evaluate your poop and pooping habits because you should examine your deuce to see if you are unhealthy or have a problem.

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