A just released report by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity has made an astonishing connection between a class of chemicals and obesity. The chemicals are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), now dubbed "obesogens" for their suspected role in obesity.
Although scientists have suspected this link between these chemicals and obesity for years, and many citizen advocates have fought for the decreased use of these chemicals, the recent release of the task force's findings have brought this issue to the mainstream news' attention.
These chemicals have now become ubiquitous in the environment. They are in agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics, cosmetics, and have made their way into our water systems. It takes very minuscule amounts to have an effect on our bodies and the effects don't stop when the exposure stops. They are suspected to cause cancers, fertility problems, and unexplained weight gain. They make weight loss very difficult.
What these chemicals do is interfere with our body's ability to regulate our metabolism. A slow metabolism equals weight gain. No matter what you do to diet you may not be achieving the weight loss you should be. It may be the reason you can't lose that last 10 or 20 pounds. So what can you do to achieve that last bit of weight loss, burn that belly fat, and avoid obesogens? Follow these 4 tips:
-Do a little studying on the primary sources of these chemicals and try to avoid them. Soft plastics and BPA containing plastics are everywhere, but you can learn to spot them and avoid them. The linings on canned food contain BPA, hard plastic water bottles also contain it. Buy a reusable stainless steel water bottle and use it. Look for plastics that are BPA free. Never heat up food in plastic; the chemicals in the plastic will leach into the food.
-Avoid fatty foods. Not only for the fat calories but because fats are the place where these chemicals are stored. Look for no-fat or low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and lean fish.
-Buy a good water filter. These chemicals have made it into our water systems and municipal water treatment plants only remove disease causing organisms and sediment from the water. They do not remove pesticides, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or other toxins. Read the label on the filter you buy to be sure it removes VOC, volatile organic chemicals.
-Avoid pesticides in food. Buy organic fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy and know which vegetables and fruits have lower levels of pesticide use if you can't buy all organic. By just changing a few things in your diet you can make a huge difference in your exposure to these chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has a great list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and another list containing those with the least.
Be aware, make a few simple changes, and watch the fat come off!
To Your Success,
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