Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Weight Loss

Embarking on a weight loss journey often involves making changes to our food habits. It’s not just about cutting calories but also being mindful of foods which could trigger discomfort such as high-fibre options. For those who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), sticking to a recommended weight loss diet can be a challenge.

What exactly is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common condition primarily affecting the digestive system. Symptoms range from abdominal pain, cramping, and bloating to diarrhoea, constipation, and flatulence. Individuals with IBS may also experience fatigue, back pain, and a frequent urge to pass urine. It’s a lifelong condition with varying symptoms and durations.

While the precise cause of IBS remains unknown, studies in morbidly obese individuals suggest a complex interplay of:

  • Psychological distress 
  • Dietary factors
  • Altered gut microbiomes
  • Hormones
  • Inflammation. 

Although there isn’t a specific test for IBS, it is important to rule out other conditions like coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease before making a diagnosis.

Why do people with IBS find it challenging to lose weight? 

IBS can lead to both weight loss and weight gain, making it a struggle for those who are overweight. Factors contributing to this difficulty include a preference for high-calorie foods that don’t trigger IBS symptoms, a reduction in fibre intake, eating meals at inappropriate times due to bloating and altered bowels, and changes in gut hormones.

Wondering how our clinic can help you if you’re dealing with IBS and weight management?

Beyond offering specific dietary advice, our specialist team will help you analyse your hunger patterns, address hormonal issues, and conduct a food intolerance test to identify potential triggers. Armed with this information, we’ll create a personalised plan tailored to your unique needs.

If you’re navigating the complexities of IBS and struggling with weight loss, reach out to us for more details about our specialised weight management program. Drop us an email at [email protected], and let’s work together towards a healthier, happier you.

Watch our video on IBS and Weight Loss

The London Obesity Clinic/The Yorkshire Obesity Clinic specialises in Weight Loss, Complex Diabetes and Endocrine disorders across the UK with clinics at Harley Street in London, Spire Claremont in Sheffield and Nuffield in Leeds. We offer face to face and virtual consultations with our specialist clinical lead, Dr Rajeswaran, who has 25+ years experience in the field. We also offer screenings for prescription weight loss/weight management medications such as Wegovy injections (semaglutide) which are also suitable for children & Mounjaro injections (tirzepatide), bespoke weight management plans and a unique online weight loss plan for wellness and weight management. We support people with Obesity related medical conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver, Infertility, Erectile Dysfunction, and Endocrine disorders like Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, PCOS, Hirsutism, Adrenal Dysfunction, Menopause, Pituitary problems and Sexual Dysfunction. Get in touch to transform your life!

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