Can’t Lose Weight? It May Be Your Beauty Products!

Have you been trying to lose weight and struggling?  Does it seem like no matter how good your diet is and how much you exercise you still can’t lose weight?  You may want to look at your beauty products.

Losing weight isn’t just about eating less and exercising.  A new study by doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center has found that “chemical calories” in beauty products and other household items interfere with hormones and throw off the body’s natural weight control system.

Some of the study: The researchers meted out the study on girls living in the inner city area of East Harlem, by measuring their exposure to phthalates and analysing the children’s urine.”The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates in their urine,” the Daily Mail quoted Professor Philip Landrigan, a paediatrician and the study author, as saying. “It goes up as the children get heavier, but it’s most evident in the heaviest kids,” he added.

Phthalates are in 70% of beauty products, including those marketed for children.  When children and adults are exposed to phthalates the chances of childhood obesity and adult weight problems become high.  

Phthalates are found in beauty products, cleaning products, scented candles, vinyl and more.  You won’t find it listed on ingredient labels however.  The best way to avoid phthalates is to avoid vinyl and anything with “fragrance.”

BPA, which is also very prevalent, has also been linked to obesity.  BPA is found in rigid plastics, aluminum beverage and food can linings, baby bottles, sippy cups and store receipts.  It’s the fact they are absorbed into the body that causes most concern. Billed as “endocrine disruptors”, they are known to affect the glands and hormones that regulate numerous bodily functions. Even the slightest disruption to hormone levels is very bad news for someone trying to lose weight. Furthermore, it has been found to make healthy breast cells act like cancer cells and block cancer drugs from working. In men, phthalates and other chemicals have an anti-testosterone capacity that has been linked to obesity.

Make sure to check all your beauty findings carefully and if all else fails NATURAL IS ALWAYS THE BEST WAY TO GO!

Resources: Women Citizen

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