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Digestive enzymes cause weight gain?

Answered on June 30, 2016
Created August 01, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Is it possible that taking enzymes will cause unwanted weight gain? After all, they will likely help you digest your food better. Thus you will be able to get more calories out of your food, instead of passing them out undigested or partially digested.

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on August 07, 2014
at 09:07 AM

...true...

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on August 07, 2014
at 08:59 AM

Good point, the enzymes would hopefully get a person up to a "normal" rate of digestion, from a subpar rate,, but you probably won't become a "super" digester.

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on August 07, 2014
at 08:56 AM

Not necessarily a waste of money, if you got enjoyment out of the meal, even if you didn't get the total calories you paid for!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on August 05, 2014
at 10:03 AM

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on August 05, 2014
at 09:50 AM

Loose oily stools, especially if they float mean you're not producing enough bile, in which case you absolutely want to use digestive enzymes to address that problem.

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on August 05, 2014
at 09:48 AM

Yeah, the problem is that if you don't digest your food, your gut flora will, and that will lead to the unwanted malevolent kind of gut flora taking over, because what the gut flora is exposed to isn't what it should get exposed to since you should have already absorbed most of the nutrients.

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on August 03, 2014
at 11:29 PM

i'll upvote both answers to test if it's a prob with this particular thread...

nope, upvote worked for me

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on August 01, 2014
at 10:27 AM

that's a first for me. i just tried to upvote your answer raydawg, but is says i do not have permissions...? i'll try again after 24 hours have passed.

Edit: over 24hrs later: still cannot upvote. looks like a bug with the site? the message i get is;

"You don't have permission to do this action. Please login as another user"

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on August 01, 2014
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^ yeah, what rawdawg said.

'worst case'; they will cause you to absorb your calories/nutrients as if your digestion was working normally/optimally.

or that could be written another way; if digestive enzymes are causing unwanted weight gain, then you are eating too much

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on June 30, 2016
at 10:56 AM

Digestive enzymes. We’re betting you’ve heard of them, have a vague idea that they’re good, and wonder if you should be taking them. But this is one area where we also see a lot of confusion. Supplementation of any sort without knowing what or why you’re doing what you’re doing can be just as detrimental to your health as doing nothing at all.

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on June 24, 2016
at 09:51 PM

Over the last 4 years I have lost 45 lbs. unintentionally. My physician has put me through most every digestive test and blood draw available and everythinghas been negative.

Is there any over-the-counter digestive enzyme that will aid digestion to gain back my weight loss?

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on August 05, 2014
at 05:49 AM

I believe there was a study on almonds or some other nut that found they actually have a lot fewer calories than listed on the package because typically a person can only digest 75 or 80 percent of it (or something like that, don't have the exact figures.) But I believe digestive enzymes might boost that percentage.

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on August 04, 2014
at 08:06 PM

That's what I hope they will do for me. I was on a course of NSAI and amitryptilline for about 5 days (I could not take the NSAI every day because of the stomach pain, even though I had divided the prescription by 2) and developed constipation and loose 'oily' stools. I stopped all drugs nearly 1 month ago, but still have stomach pain and haven't regained normal (what is normal for me) bowel movements. And I lost 4 kilos over the month... My GP is very relaxed about the weight loss but it makes some of my colleagues gossip, and it is also annoying to spend so much time preparing meals which I don't digest! I am going to buy probiotics tomorrow (if I leave work early enough, wasn't the case today) and hopefully my food won't end up in the toilets!

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on August 05, 2014
at 09:50 AM

Loose oily stools, especially if they float mean you're not producing enough bile, in which case you absolutely want to use digestive enzymes to address that problem.

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on August 01, 2014
at 10:15 AM

It's possible, but if you're taking digestive enzymes, you're not doing it to get better digestive power above and beyond what your digestive system would provide you - you're doing it because your digestive system isn't working and you need its help. i.e. you've had your gall bladder removed, or don't have enough stomach acid.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on August 01, 2014
at 10:27 AM

that's a first for me. i just tried to upvote your answer raydawg, but is says i do not have permissions...? i'll try again after 24 hours have passed.

Edit: over 24hrs later: still cannot upvote. looks like a bug with the site? the message i get is;

"You don't have permission to do this action. Please login as another user"

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on August 01, 2014
at 10:24 AM

^ yeah, what rawdawg said.

'worst case'; they will cause you to absorb your calories/nutrients as if your digestion was working normally/optimally.

or that could be written another way; if digestive enzymes are causing unwanted weight gain, then you are eating too much

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on August 01, 2014
at 10:08 AM

i would presume that anything that prevents or reduces the amount of food passing thru a person undigested will result in a increase in weight (unless you reduce your food intake to take this in to account).

whether that weight gain is unwanted will be an individual thing.

quite an interesting topic really, probably one reason why on paper some diets have calorie intakes far in excess of what a particular person burns day to day, yet they see no increase in weight...could be that those 'excess' calories are just passing thru undigested. Bit of a waste of money really.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 05, 2014
at 09:48 AM

Yeah, the problem is that if you don't digest your food, your gut flora will, and that will lead to the unwanted malevolent kind of gut flora taking over, because what the gut flora is exposed to isn't what it should get exposed to since you should have already absorbed most of the nutrients.

1b0a3a523de9eeb765c619556573e62d

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on August 07, 2014
at 08:56 AM

Not necessarily a waste of money, if you got enjoyment out of the meal, even if you didn't get the total calories you paid for!

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