Many people turn to laxatives to help them lose weight. However, laxative use is not only unsafe but ineffective as well. A laxative is a medication people use to help with their bowel movements and is often used to treat constipation. And sadly, it has become a popular method for weight loss as people believe the more you poop, the more you lose weight. However, studies have shown that it is not effective for long-term weight loss. They work by pulling water into your intestines and into your stool. This may cause serious conditions like dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, which can lead to convulsions, dependence and organ damage like the liver and kidneys. Anything is better than just pooping. If you are using it, stop and seek professional help.