Most people attribute weight gain and loss solely to how much they eat, what they eat, and how much they work out. While these are undoubtedly the main factors, new data demonstrates how it is not as simple as the process of weight loss is not nearly as straightforward as it may seem. Chemicals, such as obesogens, found within our bodies are also responsible. Obesogens are responsible for disrupting the endocrine system and are produced by man. One effect they have is that they can lessen the number of calories you can burn while multiplying your fat cell count.
Recent research has begun investigating how obesogens work, and how they can lead to belly fat. For an in-depth explanation, you can visit this blog here. It is important to understand how and where you will be exposed to obesogens. Unfortunately, they seem to be ubiquitous.
Tap Water: While pesticides are utilized to mitigate the effects of insects, they have a much broader impact on our society. The pesticides fall down into the soil where they sit for months or even years. Eventually, the pesticides accumulate and make their way into our drinking water supply. The primary obesogen that shows up in our drinking water is atrazine. Atrazine has been shown to obstruct the metabolism of your thyroid hormone and is, in fact, illegal in Europe.
Non-Stick Pans: Studies have determined that Perfluorooctanoic acid, a component commonly found in these non-stick pans, can heighten the risk of becoming obese. It is also used in products such as pizza boxes, microwaves, and popcorn bags.
Shower Curtain: Phthalates is a chemical is commonly used in the production of shower curtains air fresheners and other products. They can lower one’s testosterone level and have been shown to slow one’s metabolism. As a result to exposure to this chemical, you are more likely to add pounds and lose muscle mass.