Get the Skinny on Fat from Our Gyms in Baltimore, Reisterstown, & TimoniumRemember when R.E.M. and Nirvana jammed on your radio as you drove your Saturn to the grocery store to snag a bag of Olestra laced potato chips and non-fat fro-yo? Beanie Babies, Grunge, Furby, fanny packs and FAT-FREE were all the rage, right? But back then, had you ever heard of ‘Good Fat’? That was the 90’s. We’re almost two decades into a new millennium. Time and a ton of research show us eating fat will not make you fat. Yes, over-eating anything can lead a body to store excess fat. However, eating certain kinds of fat in moderate amounts boosts overall health and the body’s ability to regulate weight.
Seriously, scientists have found eliminating all fats from one’s diet is detrimental to health. Some studies linked the fat-free craze to a surge in obesity since a no-fat/more carbs model led people to consume more sugar. But, more importantly, many studies show that there is such a thing as good fat, fat that can be beneficial to the body. A kick butt cardiovascular or strength workout is only as good as your ticker and the mind-body connection. The American Heart Association is only one of many science-based organizations urging people not to avoid fats altogether, but rather to eat good fats that boost both body and brain function. Some health boosting vitamins (like Vitamins A, D, and E) are better absorbed when consumed with fat.