The REAL reason you CAN’T lose weight
Sometimes, it can feel like you’re just a MAGNET for excess weight.
No matter what you do, you can’t shake those stubborn extra pounds. You might even GAIN a few… even when you’re working hard to LOSE them!
How frustrating is that?
The reason is simple: Your weight isn’t always about diet and exercise.
Sure, both factors play a role. But there’s another one – one that’s just as big and maybe even bigger -- that gets ZERO attention from the mainstream.
Maybe that’ll change now, as new research exposes one simple reason for weight gain that has nothing to do with your food.
A series of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which are found in everything from cosmetics to food packaging to non-stick cookware, could cause your body to soak up fat like a sponge.
That means that even if you do your best and eat right, you could still GAIN weight.
The new study finds that, on average, these chemicals could be responsible for about 4 pounds of the stubbornness that clings to your belly no matter what you do.
That may not sound like much.
But remember, that’s just an average.
Some people will be better built to withstand these chemicals and may not have any weight at all from them. Others could struggle even more and end up with MORE pounds.
As a result of those differences, the study finds that you might have an extra 7 pounds on your body -- RIGHT NOW -- because of exposure to PFASs.
That means 1 or even 2 points on your BMI could be caused by these chemicals – and in some cases, that could be the difference between being “overweight” and “obese” (or “normal” and “overweight”).
To put it another way, if you have to lose about 20 pounds, PFASs could be responsible for as much as a THIRD of that clingy extra weight.
If there’s any good news, it’s that the study finds that you’re not doomed. You can overcome the effect of the chemicals and lose the extra pounds with some careful dieting.
If there’s better news, it’s that you can cut your exposure to PFASs, too, so you never have to suffer from this chemically induced weight gain ever again.
Ditch the no-stick cookware and use something safer and more traditional, such as a well-seasoned cast-iron pan (as a bonus, lifting it will also be a form of exercise).
Those PFASs are found in fast-food packaging, so avoid the drive-thru… but you already knew that, right?
It’s commonly found in flame-retardant and stain-resistant chemicals, so be careful with everything from clothing to furniture purchases.
And finally, it’s also in some cosmetics and personal care items, so go online and do some research on the products you use every day, and consider making a switch if necessary.