Did you know your shampoo can make you fat?
Majority of us are overweight, complaining about how our jeans are getting tighter and wondering why, despite all our efforts to diet and go to the gym.Of all the things that lead to weight gain, this is the most amazing.
Exposure to chemicals found in shampoo may increase the risk of obesity research suggests.
A study found people with higher levels of the gender-bending chemicals phthalates in their urine were more likely to be obese .
They also had dangerous amounts of fat in their bloodstream and showed signs of liver damage, which can cause metabolic disorders.
According to the study, chemical ingredients in 70 percent of cosmetics, as well as many household cleaning products are responsible for throwing the body’s natural weight control system, a delicate balance of hormones, off kilter.
The researchers suggested that, the daily use of beauty products increases the chance of you being obese.
“The heaviest girls have the highest levels of phthalates in their urine,” Professor Philip Landrigan, a paediatrician quote.
“It goes up as the children get heavier, but it’s most evident in the heaviest kids,” he added.
Another substance, Bisphenol-A (BPA), also present in containers and bottles, has also been found to provide “chemical calories”. 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.
According to Zoe Harcombe, nutritionist and author of the Obesity Epidemic, even the slightest disruption to hormone levels “is very bad news” for someone trying to lose weight.
“In men, phthalates and other chemicals have an anti-testosterone capacity that has been linked to obesity,” she said.
“In women they mess up our basic genetic hormone balance so that you get disruptions similar to those that might occur during the menopause or at puberty,” she added.
Perhaps if you are struggling to lose weight start by ditching all chemical beauty products.