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IBS and Weight Watchers

Even though my severe IBS-D depletes my body of nutrients I still find myself needing/wanting to loose 10-15 lbs. It isn’t a lot but it’s enough to make it difficult to do on my own without the support system I enjoy with Weight Watchers.

The WW community is not unlike that of the IBS community. The focus of both is to adapt to a healthier diet to feel better, get more exercise. They both offer the ability to reach out to members for support and information. In both cases, there is the opportunity to tell your story through member forums, share your successes or problems and glean the strength to take your journey one day at a time.

Combining the FODMAP diet with keeping a journal of daily food intake on WW, is making it much easier for me to realize triggers I was unaware of and use WW resources for recipe tips. As we all experience, especially with IBS-D, episodes can come out of the blue even when we follow our doctor’s advice. I am finding, after two weeks of using the FODMAP and WW, my IBS-D events are somewhat less frequent. The bonus is also that I have lost 3 lbs.

We all have very different stories. I hope that sharing mine, in some small way gives you “food” for thought.

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Comments

  • Andrea Hardy RD moderator
    3 years ago

    Hey Roberta, Thank you for sharing your story! Given that it’s IBS Awareness Month now that we’re in April, it’s great to hear what successes those with IBS have had in regards to nutrition and lifestyle change.

    Thanks for having the courage to share your story!

    Andrea, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • Rann1950 author
    3 years ago

    Great articles Chris. This community is such great support for all of us.

    Roberta

  • Mechanicsburg
    3 years ago

    Anyone using Miralax with success? Good for a short period and then again when needed.

  • Rann1950 author
    3 years ago

    I have not used Miralax. Currently my doctor has prescribed Dyciclomine to help with the severe cramping.

  • Mechanicsburg
    3 years ago

    What is the FODMAP?

  • Chris Hall moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Mechanicsburg,

    In addition to the information provided by Rann1590 below (thanks, Rann!), here are two articles that might be helpful:

    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/ibs-diet/
    https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/food/fodmap-1800-calorie-1-day-menu-plan/

    Eating a low-FODMAP diet consists of eliminating certain types of carbohydrates that have been shown to induce IBC symptoms. The first article goes into more detail about what kind of foods are either low or high-FODMAP. The second article gives you an idea of a low-FODMAP menu plan.

    Thanks for commenting!
    -Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

  • Rann1950 author
    3 years ago

    The following link will take you to the FODMAP Diet. https://www.verywell.com/foods-on-the-low-fodmap-diet-1944679

    I found it a bit overwhelming at first but am adapting very well. With that said, I still have my IBS-D bouts but I do feel as though they aren’t as frequent. I try to look at the FODMAP as what I can eat as opposed to stressing what I shouldn’t/can’t eat. There are foods on the High FODMAP list that don’t seem to bother me. It is trial and error for sure. My biggest improvement came from cutting out gluten, dairy (except for the hard cheeses as listed) and beans or lentils. They are huge triggers for me. I hope this helps.

  • Ksquared26
    3 years ago

    I use WW with my IBS-D. Sometimes it is frustrating, because I can’t use all of the techniques that people recommend on there — like I can’t do artificial sweeteners, or eat oatmeal. But tracking helps me better determine what is a trigger, and I find that when I’m sticking to the plan, my IBS is better. I’ve lost about 15 pounds so far, and am hoping to lose another 15. It’s so easy to fall into eating nothing but safe carbs with IBS, but WW has helped me figure out how to be more healthy with my choices.

  • Rann1950 author
    3 years ago

    Hi Ksquared26, I agree that the artificial sweeteners and food such as oatmeal are not IBS-D friendly for me either. Like you, my IBS-D seems better following WW for the same reasons of more ideas/options for healthy choices. Also the discipline of tracking has helped me a lot. It is great to have the support of both communities. I wish you all the best.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Rann1950,

    Thank you so much for sharing. We love hearing about symptom management techniques that work for our community members. It seems like you’ve developed a very well-rounded approach! We do find from our community that having a system like this is the most effective way to control IBS symptoms. We appreciate you taking the time to tell your story!

    Thanks,
    Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

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