Unknowingly to many, the actual causes for stubborn fat formation are not only the foods that we eat, but mostly chemicals hidden inside. There is growing evidence that certain chemicals in our food cause fat gain, disease, and potentially cancer in men and women. Called xenoestrogens, these are petro-chemicals, structured similar to the female hormone estrogen and like estrogen, they bind to cellular receptors, causing enlargement of estrogen sensitive fat tissues such as in the belly and other areas in the body.
Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (overspiking insulin) are linked to central obesity, increased waist size and a ‘pear-shaped’ body. Impaired insulin activity due to high glycemic diets, stressed liver or metabolic toxicity leads to blood sugar disorders, elevated cortisol, increased serum lipids, and enlargement of fat storing tissues, particularly in the belly and waist area.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) involves lowering of the body’s metabolic rate with a diminishing capacity to utilize energy and burn fat. Commonly caused by thyroid suppressing drugs, environmental chemicals and food substances as well as by chronic, extreme calorie restrictions, hypothyroidism is associated with a sluggish metabolism, sensitivity to cold and an increased tendency to gain weight.
The combined effect
The combined effects of xenoestrogens, insulin resistance and low thyroid on the body is devastating. This is the core of the problem. It is by all means affecting today a large part of overweight people, who can’t lean down regardless to how hard they try.