Did you know there’s much more to losing weight than watching your calories? Traditionally, we’ve worked on a very simple model: Burn more calories than you eat, and you lose weight; eat more calories than you burn, and the body stores the excess calories as fat. However, more and more, research is painting a much more complex picture.
Did you know our ability to produce and burn fat depends significantly on what we’re eating, not just how much of it?
Did you know that you can eat plenty of lean meats, fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods and still not see any weight loss? In many cases, the problem is with the additives, rather than the food itself? These foods contain preservatives, colored dyes, artificial sugars and other toxins that disrupt your hormones and trigger a hunger response.
Did you know we even have a word for these chemicals? They’re called obesogens, and they disrupt the development and balance of lipid metabolism, resulting in weight gain. If you’re trying to lose weight, you owe it to yourself to limit your exposure to as many of these obesogens as you can.
- Livestock Antibiotics and Steroids
Today’s mass farming endeavors demand the introduction of antibiotics into animal populations. This is to counter the tight living conditions in which they live and the desire for higher profitability, as sick animals can’t be sent to slaughter.
Steroid hormones are also regularly administered to livestock to encourage muscle growth, meaning there’s more meat per animal that can be sold to consumers.
Both of these additives may contribute to human obesity. A study at New York University found mice exposed to large doses of antibiotics suffer diminished T-cell levels, a condition connected with obesity as well as compromised immune systems.
Meanwhile, the International Journal of Obesity has potentially linked the use of bovine steroids to obesity in humans.
The easiest way of avoiding exposure to these additives is to forgo meat and dairy products altogether. These chemicals are transferred through the meat and milk right into your blood stream.
If vegetarianism isn’t your thing, seek out meets advertised as antibiotic- and steroid-free. Plus, stick to leaner cuts of organic meat.
2. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA- Perfluorooctanoic acid is an ingredient in Teflon, used in non-stick cookware. Danish research has found that the daughters (although not sons) of mothers with high levels of PFOA in their blood are far more likely to be obese than those of mothers with lower levels.
Certainly, not using non-stick cookware made with Teflon is one way of diminishing your exposure. If you do use such items, at least throw them away once the non-stick coating starts to chip.
But PFOA has many other uses as well. It’s used to make carpets stain resistant, for example, and microwave popcorn bags are made with it. Its presence in homes has led to dust being contaminated with it. As such, it’s practically impossible to completely escape it.
Atrazine is one of the most common herbicides in America today, even though it’s been outright banned in the European Union since 2004. It’s commonly used both on our food supply and in lawn maintenance. With so much use, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s also a common contaminant of water supplies.
NOTE: It’s been shown that rats react negatively to atrazine. Their metabolic rates are diminished, causing them to store calories as fat rather than transforming them into energy.
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
Bisphenol A is an ingredient in a variety of plastics and epoxies. It is best known for its use in water bottles. However, it’s used in a host of other items as well, including the inner coatings of water pipes and linings of food and beverage cans.
The European Union and Canada has banned the use of BPA in baby bottles. The American FDA no longer authorizes its use in baby bottles and infant formula packaging, although its decision is based on market abandonment rather than safety concerns. Other uses of BPA in food-related industries (such as food packaging) continue to be legal.
Concern over the substance has led to a new market of BPA-free bottles.
BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics estrogen, throwing off hormonal balances. This can have a wide variety of effects, including encouraging obesity. A 10-year study by Harvard and Brown University epidemiologists found that women with the highest levels of BPA in their blood gained, on average, a half-pound more of weight per year than women with the lowest levels.
Here are some healthy tips-
- Besides using plastics specifically marketed as BPA-free, avoid those bearing #7 in the recycling triangle.
- Try substituting canned foods for fresh ones.
- Don’t microwave plastic containers or put them in the dishwasher unless you’re sure they don’t contain BPA. Heat can cause the BPA to leech out and contaminate food.
5. Phylates- Similar to BPA, Phthalates are common ingredients in a variety of different plastics, including those used in food containers. They are also endocrine disrupters which influence metabolism, leading to weight gain, particularly in men.
Phthalates are also connected with a variety of other medical conditions, including type II diabetes.
NOTE: For male children exposed to Phthalates in the womb, there are higher incidents of genital malformations and low testosterone.
California has already taken steps against phthalates by banning toy manufacturers from using them.
Avoiding phthalates is similar to avoiding BPA: don’t subject plastic food containers to high heat such as that in microwaves or dishwashers, as it can encourage the plastic to break down and contaminate what it touches.
Recycling categories #3 and #7 are most likely to contain phthalates. #1, #2 and #5 are the safest plastics for food containers.
But there’s no way of escaping phthalates all together. They’re in cosmetics, perfume, pesticides, anything fragranced (like laundry detergents and shampoos), insect repellant, carpeting, vinyl floors, car interiors and more.
Emulsifiers are chemicals used to encourage emulsion, that is, the combining of substances that normally would not combine naturally. Mayonnaise and salad dressings are common edible emulsions, and they require emulsifiers to remain stable and not separate.
Emulsifiers affect the bacteria in the digestive tracts of mice. Not only have emulsifiers been shown to trigger obesity, but they also encourage inflammation of gut tissue, which can lead to pain and diarrhea.
Choose fresh foods whenever possible, as emulsifiers are what hold ingredients together in many processed foods.
Protect yourself from these harmful contaminants and start losing weight
- Choose fresh foods over processed foods to avoid additives such as emulsifiers.
- Avoid canned foods, which are often lined with BPA.
- Choose organic fruits and vegetables which are not contaminated with obesity-related pesticides.
- Avoid reheating food in plastic containers.
- Avoid Meats or at least fatty meats
- Add CORE Nutrients to your diet