Can You Really Lose Weight by Pooping? It Depends on What You Eat

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If you’re obsessed with either your scale or your bowel movements, you’ve probably wondered: How much of my weight is just poop? A teenage cousin of mine once spent an entire restaurant dinner arguing that he could lose up to 3 pounds if you just gave him a few minutes to sit on the toilet. As you might imagine, he was wrong. But not by that much, according to Thrillist, a site that’s been truly dominating the poop science beat lately.

You can indeed see the effects of a truly satisfying bowel movement reflected on your bathroom scale. (Wash your hands first, please.) But how much your feces weigh depends heavily on your diet. The more fiber you eat, the heavier your poop. Unfortunately, even the most impressive fecal achievement won't tip the scales much.

In 1992, researchers studying the effect of fiber intake on colon cancer risk wrote that the daily movements of poopers across the world could vary anywhere from 2.5 ounces to 1 pound. In their sample of 220 Brits, the median daily poop weighed around 3.7 ounces. A dietary intake of around 18 grams of dietary fiber a day typically resulted in a 5.3-ounce turd, which the researchers say is enough to lower the risk of bowel cancer.

A Western diet probably isn’t going to help you achieve your poop potential, mass-wise. According to one estimate, industrialized populations only eat about 15 grams of fiber per day thanks to processed foods. (Aside from ruining your bragging rights for biggest poop, this also wreaks havoc on your microbiome.) That's why those British poops observed in the study didn't even come close to 1 pound.

Poop isn’t the only thing passing through your digestive tract that has some volume to it. Surprisingly, your fabulous flatulence can be quantified, too, and it doesn’t even take a crazy-sensitive machine to do so. In a 1991 study, volunteers plied with baked beans were hooked up to plastic fart-capturing bags using rectal catheters. The researchers found that the average person farts around 24 ounces of gas a day. The average fart involved around 3 ounces of gas.

This doesn’t mean that either pooping or farting is a solid weight-loss strategy. If you’re hoping to slim down, losing a pound of poop won’t improve the way your jeans fit. Certainly your 24 ounces of gas won't. But to satisfy pure scientific curiosity, sure, break out that scale before and after you do your business. At least you'll be able to see if your fiber intake is up to snuff.

[h/t Thrillist]

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Turducken Pringles Are Real—But Good Luck Finding Them!

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The monumental feat of not-so-modern engineering known as the turducken is just as mouthwatering as it is terrifying. But what if you could get all that sodium-saturated deliciousness without a laborious cooking process—and with a satisfying crunch to boot?

That’s the philosophy behind turducken Pringles, which you achieve by stacking turkey-, duck-, and chicken-flavored Pringles together and gobbling them up in one fell swoop. They’re part of Pringles’s Friendsgiving Feast kit, which also includes other classic Thanksgiving flavors like cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

If you’re wondering who would deign to offend the gravy gods by purchasing such a kit, the answer, apparently, is just about everybody. According to Newsweek, there was such a plentiful bounty of online orders when the $16 kit launched yesterday that it sold out immediately, and also crashed the site.

“We underestimated your hunger for our Friendsgiving Feast!” the company wrote in an Instagram post. “Our website is experiencing heavy traffic and we’re doing everything we can to get it back up and running.”


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The comments on the post reveal just how tantalizingly close some prospective customers got to tasting the holy trinity of fowl-flavored chips—the site allowed some people to place the kit in their carts, but shut down as soon as they tried to complete the purchase.

Since then, several new eBay listings for the Friendsgiving kit have appeared, with offers starting around $100.

If you’re not willing to shell out the big ducks for the full feast, you can settle for a sleeve of Pringles’s roasted turkey chips, which are hitting shelves now for a limited time.


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