When you have changed your “Lifestyle” for life, eating healthy food choices, cutting down on your portion sizes and incorporated activity and exercise, results can be dramatic. Emotionally and physically you feel much better, energized and healthy. However, sometimes, there are those last few pounds you want to lose. Surprisingly, it may not be what you’re eating or the exercise you are participating in. There are other factors that could be affecting your efforts.
A recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows exposing you to chemicals in everyday life may sabotage your weight loss. Eating just a couple mouthfuls of unwashed, nonorganic produce can introduce pesticides into your body. Take those few moments to thoroughly wash your produce or purchase organic.
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. Some recent studies show that storing your leftovers in plastic puts you at risk of this hormone-disrupting chemical. Using glass containers, instead of plastic, cuts down on exposure to BPA.
There has been research that shows that lowering your thermostat may actually help you lose those last few pounds. Francesco Celi, MD, chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Virginia Common Wealth University School of Medicine in Richmond states that there is a type of fat in your body that raises your metabolism. This fat is called “Brown Fat.” It keeps our organs (heart, liver, pancreas, etc) warm by burning calories. It is found that people with weight problems tend to have less of this brown fat. Chilly temperatures cause muscle to produce a hormone called irisin. Irisin stimulates the growth and activity of brown fat. Many of us live in a constant state of 75 degrees. Research by Celi has shown by simply reducing your thermostat from 75 degrees to 68degrees stimulated brown fat and increased calorie burn by 100 calories a day.
A recent study in the Journal BioEssays finds that constant exposure to light may contribute to disease and obesity. People who get enough sleep and maintain a consistent sleep-wake schedule, tend to be thinner. Blue light, emitted by electronics disrupts your body’s production of melatonin. Turn off you devices at least 1 half hour before bed time and move any blinking light sources out of your bedroom.
Many of our patients hear me say, weight loss is much more complicated than pushing yourself away from the table. These are examples of how complicated our bodies truly are.
Question of the day: Has anyone had experiences with the above suggestions?