It is a little known fact that we store a lot of toxins in fat cells and that’s why I always say a cellular detox is one of the most important things to do if you’re serious about losing weight. Now a study reported in the International Journal of Obesity has confirmed that you release certain toxic chemicals called POPs into your blood as you lose weight, which rather proves my point.
I suspect that POPs are just the tip of the iceberg and the only reason we know about them being released is because the researchers chose to study those specifically. It’s probably the same for many other chemicals too – the body tends to store them out of harm’s way and an increasing level of body toxicity can lead to fat cells just getting bigger and bigger.
Think of cellulite – the classic bumpy shape is fat fat cells, if you like, and we all know that the recommendation for losing cellulite is to drink water to flush toxins out and skinbrush to encourage that process. Why should it be any different anywhere else in the body just because we can’t see it so much?
Back to the study specifics: the researchers in South Korea found that weight loss leads to the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are man-made chemicals which come from pesticides and manufacturing mainly. They have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, cancer and dementia. Once ingested, POPs are known to collect in fatty tissue, where they are not thought to be harmful (see my comment above about the body protecting you by encasing them, if you like).
Duk-Hee Lee of Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea has shown that weight loss causes POPs to be released so you get a build-up in your blood. Lee compared weight changes in 1,100 adults aged 40 or above over ten years with seven different POPs in their blood. People who had lost 10 kilograms or more during the decade had the highest levels of blood-borne POPs, but even those who lost less had a higher corresponding level.
Amanda Sainsbury-Salis at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia said: “The amount of POPs needed to have an adverse effect in humans is unknown, so it should not stop obese people trying to lose weight.”
But, as I said, POPs are not the only chemicals to be stored in fatty tissue, so my advice would always be to ensure your liver can achieve phase 2 detoxification when losing weight so that you can process the toxins out rather than just simply setting them free around your body only to be herded again later back into a fat cell.
Many people don’t have good phase 2 liver detox capabilities (and I know this as I have tested a lot of people!) so if in doubt, take a good detox formula or follow the detox programme – many of you already do the Detox Box regularly and that’s what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t know what I am on about, read more about detox here in the main site: Detoxification and about the weight loss approach: Weight Loss Programme .
Don’t underestimate the need to detox if you want to lose weight. You don’t build more fat cells, as is commonly believed, but they do change in size. Simply put, to get the fat cells to shrink, you need to eliminate the toxins. If you don’t do that efficiently enough, they’ll go right back where they came from and your fat cells will continue to get bigger!
Journal reference: International Journal of Obesity, DOI: 10.1038/ijo.2010.188.