The Skinny on Fat

If fat is your focus in your journey to get healthier, that’s not so bad… unless you get caught up in the big fat lies. Here are some facts to keep in mind:

1. Ahhh, the good ‘ol good fats. Yes, we’ve done our homework and know that not all fat is bad. We’ve even incorporated things like omega-3’s into our meals. But before you load up on the peanut butter or, yes, even dark chocolate… Remember that good fat doesn’t give you carte blanche. Those foods can still be high in calories or sugar.

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2. You may have heard that a calorie is a calorie, but when it comes to fat, there are some differences. A small Swedish study showed that saturated fat can tend to gather around the midsection, whereas unsaturated fat gets more evenly distributed. Belly fat has been linked to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some types of cancers, so make sure to stick to unsaturated when possible.

3. When it comes to the fat-free frenzy, feel free to get off that food train when eating dairy. Full-fat dairy is associated with lower body weight, less weight gain over time, and a lower risk of obesity. That’s because it tends to be more satiating than low-fat options which leads to eating fewer calories overall. It’s also important to note that low-fat foods actually replace the fat for more sugar.

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About the author

Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.