What you put into your body impacts what comes out (duh). So it’s no wonder that switching up your diet can mean big changes in your bowels. Among other eating plans, going vegan, doing the Whole30, or experimenting with the ketogenic diet can all impact your number twos.
“Poop is mostly water,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. “The rest is fiber, bacteria, mucus, and cells. So at the end of the day, how your poop is affected by your diet is really all about the fiber.”
So how exactly can you expect your pooping habits to change based on your healthy-eating plan? Here, we break down the diet switch-ups that can result in some unusual activity down below.
Ditching meat is a great way to get regular, says Sonpal. Vegetarians tend to have a much more regular poop schedule compared to their carnivorous counterparts because their fruit and veggie-based diets contain loads of fiber. “Any kind of diet that focuses on a lot of plants will have more regular, voluminous bowel movements—think softer fluffier stools,” he says. And that’s great news for your bod!