You workout everyday, you watch what you eat, yet your weight doesn’t seem to budge!
It can be frustrating, but there is something more to the weight loss puzzle.
That missing piece of the puzzle is toxins. We pick up toxins everywhere! They’re in our environment and in foods we eat.
Toxins could be responsible for making your struggle to lose weight even harder. Toxins take a huge toll on health and body weight. They disrupt hormones and are terrible for your thyroid gland (metabolism regulator).
Toxins unbalance your body. They:
- Change your appetite
- Cause inflammation
- Cause weight gain
- Cling to your fat cells
Your body literally uses fat to protect itself from these harmful toxins.
It stashes these toxins in layers of fat. Once enveloped by fat, the toxins can’t harm other organs. This is the body’s natural defense mechanism.
This isn’t a hypothesis. There is evidence that fat cells store toxins.
Toxins can make you fat by encouraging your body to produce fat cells.
A study on mice, showed that small amounts of BPA, a chemical in plastics, caused obesity.
The study found that BPA (common toxin in plastics)
- increased fat cell production in mice
- reduced insulin sensitivity
- had hormone disrupting effects.
All these factors lead to an increase in fat cells and weight gain for the mice.
These toxins could be why, despite your best efforts, you can’t get rid of fat. To lose weight, you need to get rid off toxins first, and limit your exposure too.
Wondering where you should start?
Here are the 3 ways to detoxify:
Avoid: Don’t eat processed or packaged foods, they’re full of toxins. Avoid frozen meals, seed oils and soybeans. Also skip foods with additives, colorants or preservatives.
Reduce: Reduce exposure to pollutants from air, water and other artificial items.
Plastics, cleaning agents and laundry detergents are common places the body picks up toxins.
FACT: Chemicals absorbed through your skin enter your bloodstream within 26 seconds.
Personal care products – shampoo, perfumes and hand soap are just a few that most people come in contact with every day.
Shop around to find products that have fewer toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group lists products that are safe for use on their website.
Detoxify: Eat the foods below to detoxify and lose weight.
Fresh vegetables: Eat plenty of veggies like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
They’re full of antioxidants that fight free radicals. They actually help your liver remove toxins faster.
Dark greens: Choose green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, swiss chard etc.
They are potent detox foods. The antioxidants in these dark greens help liver functions.
Sulfur rich foods: Sulfur rich plant foods include garlic, asparagus, avocado, onions and shallots. They improve your liver’s natural detoxification process.
Improve gut health: Include foods with plenty of good bacteria like kefir, greek yogurt and kimchi.
Remember to buy organic, they have less pesticides. Make clean eating a part of your daily life and watch the stubborn fat melt away for good.