If you’ve struggled to lose weight no matter what type of diet you’ve tried, the food you’re consuming may not be to blame.
In my book, “Food Sanity,” I share several potentially weight-loss-sabotaging chemicals that are hiding inside and around your food, and even in the cookware you prepare your food on. These “obesogens,” as I call them, may cause hormonal imbalances, increase your appetite and expand the number of fat cells in your body. Here are four that you need to avoid:
Pesticides are chemicals used to protect crops from insects and weeds. When we consume fruits and veggies containing pesticide residue, this can destroy our healthy gut flora, create food intolerances and insulin resistance, which can lead to weight gain.
You can minimize your exposure to pesticides by buying local organic produce whenever possible. At the grocery store, look for “USDA Certified Organic” on the label. This ensures the produce does not contain any pesticides. You can also look at the PLU (price look-up) sticker. If the five digit code begins with a 9, it’s organic. (Just remember the saying, “Nine is fine!”) If you buy conventionally sold produce, you can get rid of most of the pesticide residue by washing it in a baking soda solution as follows:
- Fill a large bowl with water
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda
- Add the veggies or fruit
- Soak for ten minutes
- Scrub with a brush
Hormones and Antibiotics
There’s an old saying, “You are what you eat.” While this is true, you are also what your meat eats. Farmers inject Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) into young livestock to help them gain weight and increase milk production.