Fat gain & obesogens, the new suspect.
What is linked to fat gain?
We all know the disturbing statistics on weight /fat gain. Today, more than 60% of Australians are obese or overweight, with one quarter of our children now overweight. But did you know that only a short 50 years ago, there were no statistics on obesity? It just wasn’t an issue then. What has happened?
I once thought fat gain was simply a matter of energy in / energy out, but have come to realise it is not as simple as that. Yes, an unhealthy diet is certainly a major factor in weight gain. However, how many of us eat well, exercise, but still can’t shift those kilos? Perhaps weight management is not just a simple mathematical equation. Poor sleeping habits, poor gut bacteria and food sensitivities are just some factors linked to weight gain. And recent studies have revealed a new suspect – Obesogens.
A new suspect – obesogens
Obesogens are foreign chemical compounds that disrupt our endocrine system, altering our metabolism and predisposing us to gain weight. They disrupt the hormones for appetite and satiety, and affect the size and number of fat cells. These fat cells function as an endocrine organ, releasing chemicals that lead to inflammation and insulin resistance. They secrete an enzyme that makes a form of oestrogen called estrone, and estrone creates more fat cells! A key concern is that obesogens disrupt the hypothalamus which is involved in thyroid function, metabolism, hunger, thirst and satiety. If this is out of whack, we may find we eat more without feeling satisfied, and fat may be stored rather than burned.
So where do these nasty chemicals come from and how can we avoid them? Unfortunately, endocrine disruptors are everywhere – in plastics, some pharmaceuticals, cleaning products and perfumes. They are in the food chain (pesticides, msg), and in our personal care products. Did you know that 60% of what goes on the skin is absorbed? This means our fat cells and organs are potentially storing up to 515 chemicals every day!
Here are my top tips for reducing obesogens in your home:
- Detox the bathroom: Use personal care and beauty products that are free from any harmful ingredients
- Detox the sink: Replace all commercial household cleaning products with safe alternatives
- Detox the pantry: Cook from scratch, eating organic where possible
- Detox your body: Book in for a holistic weight loss program to rid the body of toxic fat, increase your energy and restore your confidence.
Do you have stubborn fat that won’t budge? Are you feeling tired or sluggish or controlled by your appetite? Our holistic weight loss program helps you release stored toxic fat. We give you all the support you need to look and feel lighter, younger, and more YOU.
By Lynn Preece