What the Poop: 7 Things to Know When Doing a Cleanse

If you’re about to embark on a cleanse, or are considering doing the Beachbody 3-Day Refresh or Ultimate Reset (with me on June 8th), you’re probably wondering how your body will react. While resetting your body, eating clean, and infusing your body with nutrients, you are undoubtedly expecting dramatic results such as weight loss and more energy.But real talk time: The most unexpected response to a cleanse usually occurs in your bathroom. As you clean up what you put in your body, you kick-start your body’s natural detoxing function: elimination. Normally, you do your thing, try not to look too closely, and flush.But during a cleanse, poop becomes a little more interesting. That might be because you’re likely to have a lot more of it, so your viewing opportunities are more frequent.But this can be problematic because, the more you look, the more questions you may have. And when weird things seem to be happening in the can, it’s hard to know who to ask. Should the poops be long or short? Should they float or sink? Is what’s going on actually normal? We asked the experts.

7 Things That Might Happen to Your Poop on a Cleanse

1. You’ll poop more often

“The changes you see will vary, depending upon your former lifestyle,” explains Tianna King, R.N., a holistic nurse based in Santa Monica, California.

If you previously ate a diet high in animal protein or relied on fast food or packaged foods, and ate only a small amount of fruit and vegetables, chances are your fiber intake was on the low side.

As a result, your bowel movements were likely to be less frequent and you may have also experienced some constipation. When it comes to elimination frequency, almost anything goes.

“Doctors typically claim that everyone’s ‘normal’ is different — one person might go daily and another might only poop once or twice a week,” says King. “This variation might be ‘normal,’ but infrequent bowel movements are not necessarily healthy.”

Ideally, the transit time for food in and out should be around 24 to 36 hours. (You can take the beet test to check yours: Eat some beets and notice how long it takes for your poop to become t