“Why can’t I lose the belly fat?”
Does that sound like you?
You’ve lost some weight. Maybe you’re even ok with the current weight.
But that belly fat! It just doesn’t want to go!
Well, admittedly, these things DO get more difficult as we get older but it’s far more than just that.
And don’t expect it to disappear without doing some exercise to get rid of it. Still . . .
One contributing factor may be the hormone-mimicking chemicals found in our environment.
In my last blog, I mentioned that I’d discuss these “Xenoestrogens”. That’s the term given to chemicals that were not made to mimic our hormones but have this unfortunate “side effect.” Many can have far more effect and bind tighter to our cells than natural estrogen.
There are thousands of chemicals used in products in the United States that are banned in Europe. Many mimic hormones.
What does that do? Compounds that mimic our hormones can increase the laying down of fat in our abdomen and elsewhere.
Many of these compounds are found in shampoo, body washes, shaving cream, and other topical products (make-up, creams, nail polish, and more). They can be absorbed through our skin in just seconds.
They are also found in various other places in our environment. I’ll address those sources another time.
Aside from contributing to our fat stores, many of these chemicals wreak havoc in other ways:
They are thought to contribute to cancer. Some are known carcinogens. Many can interfere with reproductive development in children or contribute to infertility in both women and men. And more.
The list of repercussions is scary. The list of chemicals is lengthy; far too many to write about.
The best resource is https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/. On this site, you can look up thousands of products by name & get a rating. If the product isn’t listed, you can check the ingredients in the product. Admittedly, this is much more tedious but does give you control.
So begin today. Take a look at the website. See if your products are safe. If you don’t want to do this yourself. Contact me. I can help.