Diet and exercise are the first things that come to mind as far as weight loss is concerned. Everyone knows that if you eat junk and don’t move you’ll pack on the pounds. On the other hand, if you eat healthy and work out, you’ll get and stay slim. And sure, diet and exercise are the major determinants of your size. But there’s actually more to the story.
You see, aside from the barrage of unhealthy fast food screaming for our attention on a daily basis… enticing us to eat it and get fat… we have something else to do deal with: chemicals.
These chemicals are, for the most part, odorless, colorless, and essentially undetectable. And yet, they play a significant role in whether or not you gain or lose weight… and you probably don’t even know it.
Now, this is obviously bad. But by reading this article, some good will actually come out of it. Why? Because you’ll have one more weapon at your disposal to fight the battle of the bulge.
Here’s the scoop…
The rise of synthetic chemicals (found in thousands of products) is changing the way we metabolize food. By now, you’ve probably heard about bisphenol A (BPA) and the harm it’s capable of causing. But unfortunately, it’s just one of many substances that mimic hormones regulating appetite (otherwise know as endocrine disruptors).
Another group of these are phthalates and they’re abundant in cosmetic products like your shampoo, hairspray, deodorant, etc.. How bad are they? Well, to give you an idea a study was conducted in children whereby researchers examined the link between phthalates and weight gain. They found that the kids with bigger waistlines has significantly higher levels of these toxins in their urine than the slimmer kids.
And the damage these chemicals cause goes far beyond weight gain. A simple Google search will fill you in. Nevertheless, that’s all the reason I need to stay away from this stuff… and I think you should do.
With that said, I’m sure 2 questions come to mind: how to know if your cosmetic product of choice contains phthalates and what are some good alternatives?
For starters, read the ingredients on the label. Look for things such as DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), or anything ending in -phthalate. Next, choose plastics with the recycling code 1, 2, or 5. Codes 3 and 7 are much more likely to contain BPA and/or phthalates.
Finally, if you’re still unsure after reading the label, call up the company and ask. Yes, it’s a nuisance to do this for every cosmetic product, but isn’t your figure and health – not to mention that of your family’s – worth it?