So if I were to say to you that your coach is making you fat, you would probably think I mean because you're sitting on it too much and not burning enough calories, right?

But actually the real reason being a couch potato may be contributing to your weight is because of a specific class of toxins known as PBDEs or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

These are commonly referred to as flame retardant that you find in couches, sofas, carpets and lots of different clothing especially baby clothing.


A recent study made at the University New Hampshire determined that this particular class of toxins CAN cause insulin resistance and maybe a leading factor in obesity.

We've talked about how toxins can obviously cause obesity for many different reasons.

  • They act as endocrine disruptors
  • They cause oxidative stress
  • They interfere with your microbiome
  • They can cause leaky gut
  • They can clog your liver

Your fat cells store toxins – this is one example of your F.A.T. Triggers being switched ON due to toxicity.

If we have too many toxins in our fat cells, our bodies hold onto fat, because burning the fat would put more toxins into the bloodstream.

Toxins are a big issue and for lots of reasons.

Studies show, that this particular class of toxins, the flame retardants, were shown to cause insulin resistance in the liver of mice. Insulin resistance is a leading causal metabolic factor in weight gain.

Put simply, insulin is your fat making hormone.

When your insulin levels are elevated, you lose the ability to burn fat.

So when you have insulin resistance your insulin levels elevate thus putting you into a perpetual storage fat mode.

We are exposed to these particular class of toxins all the time, so it is something that we should always be aware of, to prevent accumulation of these toxins in the body.

Here are a couple of ways you can minimize exposure to these class of toxins:

Choose more natural materials whenever possible on your couches, sofas, carpets and especially your clothing. Materials such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.


Live a “detoxification lifestyle” as much as possible.

A detoxification lifestyle means that you're taking in less toxins on a daily basis than you are eliminating, so that each day you get cleaner and clearer.

This allows your body to overcome the adverse hormonal consequences of being overly toxic. In order to live a detoxification lifestyle you need to have of lots of green juices, super greens, salads and live foods. This doesn't have to be all you eat, but you need to add lots of these types of foods as medicine on a daily basis.

Also drinking lots of clean water with a little apple cider vinegar or lemon. Having fermented foods, digestive enzymes, probiotics and bone broths are also great.


Do a cleanse once a year – or a few times per year. Cleansing is when you take some time out to assist your body to eliminate toxins. When done correctly, a cleanse can:

  • Unclog your liver – your main detoxifying organ,
  • rebalance your hormones, so you don't get insulin resistance,
  • heal your gut, reduce inflammation and allow your body to regain the ability to burn fat effectively.

There's definitely a right way and a wrong way to detoxify. And if you're interested in learning more about the right and wrong way to detoxify, click the link here or the image below for more information.

At The Gabriel Method, we've put together the most hormonally balanced detox program I've ever seen and it's one you can do from the comfort of your own home.

We are exposed to thousands and thousands of toxins. You need to pick and choose your battles to limit your exposure to these toxic chemicals, which can cause weight gain.

If you’d like to know more about the Gabriel Method Detox and when I’ll be holding the next session, you canclick here to get more information.

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Let me know your thoughts and opinions about ways to eliminate toxins or this particular toxin.