Why Your Shampoo May Be Making You Fat

January 30, 2013 | By | 16 Comments

Does your shampoo (and other cosmetic products) contain this chemical shown to cause weight gain?

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?

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Comments (16)

  1. Sandy porterfield

    To James Ward
    .Please stop sending nutrition info and requiring $$ to get the info,. I bought Cruise Control and found it to be helpful. I will not purchase another thing. It makes me angry that you continue to hawk me for money.
    Thanks, Sandra porterfield, PHD

    • Hi Sandy and thank you for your feedback.

      The reason why we recommend other plans is simply because people are asking us. They are interested in trying out other things all the time and James recommends only programs that are effective and complement the Cruise Control Diet. Of course, you do not have to follow up on any recommendation if you are not interested. These are just suggestions to help you achieve your goals both faster and easier.

      Please do not hesitate to write to us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

    • Mp Poos
    • I agree with Sandra Porterfield. I especially cannot handle the time it takes to listen to the cartoon sales pitch.

      I do treat it like emails…just do not open them.I get it you are adverstising so Im not mad about it. My hope is that the written info will keep me updated. Thanks so much.

  2. Helen

    To James Ward, please do not send emails requesting me to purchase further products. I purchased the Cruise Control Diet book, I enjoy it and find it helpful; I also purchased the Back Pain book and then started getting requests to purchase items from that web site as well. I do not wish to purchase anything else. Still like to get your free recipes and hints.
    Thanks

  3. Rena Stanchfield

    Jim,
    I happen to agree with the others about buying products that help u lose weight. I don’t like pils and feel if I had wanted that I would have bought their product and not yours. There is so much fraud that it makes me feel that you might be in that same category. However I believe your diet is healthy in most respects.i have lost 12 lbs in two months and my husband the same. We will keep plugging away at it as he has much more to lose that I do. Just stating my opinion
    Rena

  4. Hal

    What is an approved sweetener I can use. Right now I use organic stevia for my coffee in the morning.

  5. Eleanor Flynn

    Please check your records. I have purchased your recommended products via telephone, and would appreciate it if you would not send any further mail to me regarding the products I have purchased. I am feeling inundated with your mail. I find it extremely long and BORING!!, Please get to the point!!! THANK YOU !!!!

    • Hi Eleanor,

      The reason why we recommend other plans is simply because people are asking us. They are interested in trying out other things all the time and James recommends only programs that are effective and complement the Cruise Control Diet. Of course, you do not have to follow up on any recommendation if you are not interested. These are just suggestions to help you achieve your goals both faster and easier.

  6. I have been on diet 10 days. I have lost 7 pounds. I am wondering if other fruits are okay. I get bad stomach aches from apples. Love your book and recipes..I hope I can continue to do this good. I have back and knee issues, and need to lose 60 more pounds. I have not started to use a probiotic yet. Thank you….I feel like I might finally conquer this!

    • Nik Takano

      Hi Viki,

      Thanks for writing in. We recommend only having 1-2 fruits a day maximum. Good fruits to have are hard, crunchy with lots of chewing, and sour such as grapefruit, apples, hard pears, any type of berries.

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