Can Chemicals Make You Fat?

Can Chemicals Make You Fat?

Can Chemicals Make You Fat?


Obesogens are chemicals that can make us gain weight or make it much harder to lose weight, if they get into our body. This is especially so if our detoxification pathways in the liver and gut are not working well.

Obesogens are any toxic chemical that gets stored in our fat tissue or stored in a fatty liver and are fat-soluble chemicals. They consist of chemicals derived from petrochemicals such as plastics, insecticides, pesticides, solvents etc. These obesogenic toxins are in your soil, packaging, home, water, air, food, perfumes, deodorants and all sorts of other items. Once stored in the fat cells in your fatty tissues, obesogens slow down the metabolism of the fat cells.

Many toxins are fat soluble and must be made water soluble by your liver to be able to be eliminated from your body in water soluble liquids such as bile, saliva, sweat and urine. These toxins keep building up inside your body, year after year. A big problem is, these toxins – referred to as “obesogens” – are also creating a cascade of metabolic damage that can lead to weight excess or even obesity in those with a fatty liver.

Obesogenic compounds (fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals) make your fat cells grow bigger, damage your mitochondria and damage the insulin producing cells in your pancreas. This creates the perfect storm for insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity. If your fat cells are loaded with toxins, when you diet and exercise, not only do your cells release fat, they also release these obesity-causing toxins back into your bloodstream. This is where a healthy liver becomes vital to break down these toxins before they damage your cells.

If you are struggling with excess weight and fatigue, plus a very sluggish metabolism, the best thing to do is a detoxification diet. Of course, you should see your doctor for blood tests and a physical examination to test your thyroid function, as a sluggish thyroid gland can present this way. Also, check your liver with blood tests and an ultrasound scan, as it may be fatty. A fatty liver is an obstacle to weight loss and good health because it is storing fat and toxins. Improving your liver function is often the trigger for easier weight loss and higher energy.

It can be very disheartening if you go on a low-calorie diet but aren’t getting the results you’re looking for. What you need is a detox – toxins overload the detoxification pathways in your liver and also block enzymes that burn fat; we must begin in the liver which the Chinese call the “General of the Army of the Body”.

Here are 10 ways you can avoid exposing your body to obesogens.

  1. Avoid buying foods/drinks in plastic containers or using plastic containers for food storage—glass and stainless steel are excellent alternatives.
  2. Avoid plastic baby bottles and plastic children’s cups.
  3. Be aware that even plastic that is labelled “BPA-free” may harbour endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
  4. Avoid foods in cans lined with BPA. – this is a white coloured lining
  5. Filter your drinking water to remove common contaminants such as arsenic and lead.
  6. Minimize use of chemical pesticides in or around your yard and home
  7. Avoid microwave popcorn; its bags are lined with the obesogen PFOA. Instead, opt for air-popped, skillet-popped or microwave popcorn in plain brown bags. Never heat food in a plastic container in a microwave oven. We do not like using microwaves as a regular method of cooking or heating anyway.
  8. Dust, vacuum and mop frequently to cut down on the chemicals that accumulate in household dust.
  9. Don’t buy non-stick cookware. Opt instead for cast iron, stainless steel or enamelled pots and pans.
  10. Remove your shoes at the door to keep pesticides and other outdoor chemicals from entering your home.