Not only is consuming “good fat” important to heart health, but it’s important to your body’s fat burning ability after aerobic exercise. A workout can help you burn fat that you consume, but this doesn’t mean you can enjoy donuts, hot dogs and bacon. A study looked at participants who exercised, then consumed meals (a half hour later) consisting of monounsaturated fat, a “good fat,” and saturated fat, or “bad fat.” They found that the participants burned much more monounsaturated fat after a 2-hour workout on a stationary bike, even at rest. Metabolism of saturated fat did not change with exercise. Therefore, it’s best to consume monounsaturated fat instead of saturated after exercise, so you can burn it, avoid fat storage and prevent weight gain. Also, remember to continue watching your portions of fat.  Even if you exercise you’ll gain weight if you consume more calories than you burn.  Follow the fat selections and portions sizes on your PWLC menu plan, and make healthy fat selections to boost the fat burning!