3 Surprising Things In Your Home That Are Making You Fat

A pair of female feet standing on a bathroom scale

A pair of female feet standing on a bathroom scale

Let me guess.

You’re probably thinking that only food can make you fat.

It all has to do with eating too much, right?

Along with not getting enough exercise.

What if I told that isn’t the whole story?

What if I told you that losing weight has more to do with WHAT you’re eating, rather than how much?

And what if food wasn’t the only culprit?

Surprise, surprise!

It turns out that many of the chemicals hidden in the household products you’re using every single day – actually have the ability to add to your waistline.

How is that even possible?

In a nutshell, many of these chemicals are what we call “obesogenic” and “endocrine-disrupting”.

The former means exactly what it sounds like – chemicals that contribute to excess weight and obesity.

The latter applies to the way in which these very same chemicals mess with your hormones, in turn causing mass confusion in your entire endocrine system.

This is the very system that helps you maintain your weight!

Mess with that, and of course your bathroom scale will go haywire.

If it sounds like I’m saying that your skin cream can make you fat, that’s exactly what I’m saying!

And if you’re wondering whether a chemical can be BOTH obesogenic and endocrine-disrupting, the answer is YES.

You bet it can!

First off, there are three pathways to consider:

  • Ingestion
  • Inhalation
  • Absorption

With the latter especially, since your skin is your largest organ, chances are high that any chemicals in your personal care products will get inside you.

But first things first.

This week, I’ll bring you up to speed on what you might be ingesting from various products, other than your food.

It sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it?

But really, it’s all very straight-forward, and these are easy fixes you you can start putting into practice right away.


INGESTION – Plastic & Things

Are you familiar with BPA?

BPA, is short for bisphenol-A, and it’s what’s called a plasticizer; it is responsible, among other things, for making some types of plastics hard and rigid.

You may recall that a few years ago, there was a big uproar when it was discovered that this plasticizer, BPA, has another quality – that of a hormone-disrupting chemical.

Here’s an interesting fact: BPA was developed way back in the early 1900’s as a synthetic form of estrogen.

Yup, scientists have known this all along.

Aside from its hormone disrupting properties, BPA is also one of those chemicals whose obesogenic properties cause it to change the way that our fat cells grow and develop.

And this means fat cells that are bigger and even more plentiful!

So, where is BPA hiding?

You’ll find it in hard plastics, such as your favorite water bottle and even the inside lining of cans.

The problem is that BPA, just like many other chemicals found in plastics and other places, can easily leach from the product into the food and water it comes into contact with.

(This was why it was so upsetting when it was found that BPA was in plastic baby bottles).

Then, along with BPA, we also have PFOA which is the non-stick coating on your favorite pots and pans.

But it turns out this supposedly fabulous, non-stick quality comes at a price, impacting your health, and yes, your waistline.

Of note, PFOA is found in other products besides your favorite bakeware.

It’s also hiding in the lining of microwave popcorn bags and ice cream containers and pretty much anything that’s been designed not to stick to food, or anything else.

It’s frustrating, to be sure.

Next week, I’ll cover Part II of “3 Surprising Things In Your Home That Could Be Making You Fat” and share what you need to know about toiletries and cosmetics, cleaning supplies and more.



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