Though it might not be ideal, having to be near a bathroom after meals is perfectly normal and isn't anything to worry about, says Schnoll-Sussman. If it takes you five minutes, great, but if it takes 20, that's OK, too, says Schnoll-Sussman. The only problem, says Schnoll-Sussman, is if your poop is runny, floats, and smells terrible—that likely means that you're not absorbing fats well. But when you stand up, your bowels open and everything shifts downward. One study estimated that 40 percent of people experience vacation constipation , although both Schnoll-Sussman and Ganjhu say it's impossible to know the real number. Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!
Elliot. Age: 22.
That said, if pooping seems to take forever because you're really straining—or because you need to manipulate your bowels to help yourself poop by sitting a certain way or even sticking a finger in your anus—you ought to see a gastroenterologist.
Kinley. Age: 30.
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We consulted a few trusty gastroenterologists to get the facts straight. One study estimated that 40 percent of people experience vacation constipation , although both Schnoll-Sussman and Ganjhu say it's impossible to know the real number. Do you read the whole newspaper—or get through several levels of Candy Crush—on the toilet? There's nothing wrong with taking your sweet time or with pooping super-fast.