Terry and Nancy are away til Monday at the 1st annual Medifast "Take Shape for Life" conference. Hope things are getting better for you? I found this post on another forum, and will pass it on to you.
--> Here's what the book says: "Usually this problem goes away within a few days as your body adjusts to the nutrient balance. For temporary relief, you can take Pepto Bismol or Immodium pills. If you continue to have diarrhea, you may be lactose intolerant. Don't ignore diarrhea or try to "live with it." Diarrhea causes you to lose water and electrolytes, not stored fat. If not controlled, it can slow your weight-loss progress as well as jeopardize your health." Later she says, "If you drink a Medifast packet then about twenty minutes later experience gurgling in your stomach, abdominal cramps or diarrhea, you are probably dealing with lactose intolerance. Nausea can also indicate lactose problems. When you eliminate most other foods, the enzyme level can easily be challenged by your intake of milk products. Once the enzyme is depleted, your body reacts, causing the symptoms. If you're already prone to lactose intolerance, stress, fatigue, and PMS seem to increase the symptoms." Then she has suggestions for treating lactose intolerance, if you're interested. Further, she says: "Some people experience brief but sudden episodes of diarrhea related to intestinal absorption rather than lactose intolerance. In rare situations, people have described a sensation of 'passing gas,' then suddenly realized they've had diarrhea. This problem is most likely to occur during the first few weeks on the plan, then it subsides as the body adjusts. If you aren't sure how to interpret your body's signals, it's best to stay close to a bathroom. Listed below are a few other factors that con contribute to diarrhea. If needed, you can use Immodium or Pepto Bismol pills to control the symptoms. Avoid sugar-free gum or mints. The sorbitol in these products can cause cramps and diarrhea. Limit amounts of instant bouillon. Bouillon may overstimulate the intestines, prompting symptoms. Be cautious with salad greens. If you eat a salad, then suddenly experience diarrhea, your body may not be ready to digest the roughage in salad ingredients. Postpone eating salads for a while or start with very small amounts. Ease into eating regular food. After a period of no eating, suddenly adding food can upset digestion." I hope this helps! <--
Nancy and Terry will be back on Monday and I'm sure will be happy to reply to your prob.
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