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Losing weight with an ileostomy

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Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:04 pm


for 1 week I have been trying to replace my breakfast and lunch with a protein shake (Garden Based) so there is alot of fiber in it

and then at dinner time I am eating a sensible meal.  Plus the doc recommended I do Miralamax everyday to make my bowl's more consitant.  However my output still seems to be not good, not sure if maybe my body is not use to it and it is adjusting.  

My question is, is this healthy for me to replace breakfast/lunch with a protein shake? Also do you recommend a protein powder that maybe healthier for a person that has a stoma?

Any help you can provide on this is greatly appreciated

Amy :)

Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:24 pm

Personally, I would eat what you want and when you want. Your body will tell you what you can and cannot tolerate.The ileostomy output, I have found over almost 40 years, depends on the combination of the types of foods we eat and drink. There have been many posts on here describing such. Of course there is an initial period of acclimation (how recently have you had your ileostomy) where almost nothing you eat is agreeable. Within time, that seems to vary from person to person, things will normalize. Good luck!


Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:30 pm

Hi there; first of all I would never ever ever use a laxative with an ileostomy.  When I had my ileostomy surgery in 2005 I was told that the only time my stoma wouldn't produce was if I had a blockage.  I've had a few blockages over time and my stoma did not produce.  An ileostomy produces all the time; it doesn't need help along the way with a laxative.

As for protein shakes I've never tried them but would think that your output would become very liquid.  

I have found Weight Watchers to be a good weight loss program. 

Good luck,


Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:19 pm

Amy, how long have you had it? 

I have had mine since Jan. 2018  THe stupid Dr's at LifeSpan RI scared me that mine would get blocked if I didnt eat low fiber foods.  Well one day I needed something right away and grabbed a double cheese burger from BK.  

Guess what I few hours later a whole pickle slice was in the toilet.  At that time I realized that the Dr's were wrong.  Well, that and a few much bigger mistakes, and I switched to Dana Farber.  

So, not sure about the shakes, but eat what you want and realize its going to come out.  Some foods are better than others.  

I am trying to lose weight as well.  

Good Luck 



Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:08 pm

Hi,  I've had an ileostomy for 40 years or so and I have used Metamucil to thicken the output.  Since it is a natural fiber it doesn't work the same as a chemical laxitive.  I'm not sure if your problem is output too watery but if so try that out.  Bananas will also thicken output but be careful as they can also block you up.  Each person is different and your body can change over time.  I use to eat bananas all the time but now they make my belly hurt.

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:55 pm

I had an ileostomy too many years ago and had it reversed.  

The most important thing that the MDs didn’t tell me was to drink tons of wate. I didn’t and my kidneys were affected by dehydration. Without your colon working, you are not absorbing water normally since that is one of things the colon does. 

Extra water is essential. Get your doctor to test your kidney function via a blood test sooner than later.


good luck 



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