The Facts on Fats

Fat is a nutrient necessary for your health. Our body uses fat for energy, insulation, and to help absorb vitamin A, D, E and K. Fat gets a bad reputation, but not all fats are the same. There are different types of fats: unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat), saturated fat, and trans fat.

Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil, avocados, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and grapeseed oil. Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats that are essential in our diet because our bodies do not produce these on their own. Fish, nuts, seeds, soy products, leafy vegetables and wholegrains contain omega-3 fatty acids. Corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, eggs, and meat are sources of omega-6 fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats should make up most of your daily fat intake. Trans fats are found in baked goods, fried foods, margarine, and many fast foods. Eating too much trans and saturated fat is linked with higher risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is found in lard, butter, pastries, meat, full fat dairy, and coconut oil.

Coconut oil has increased in popularity over the past few years, because of its medium chain triglyceride (MCT) content, which are known to have health benefits. Less than 15% of the fat in coconut oil is MCT. Coconut oil is very high in saturated fat at 82% saturated fat. In comparison butter is 63% and lard is 39% saturated fat. Some research has been done on the benefits, but there is no good scientific evidence that coconut oil has any health benefits. Fat should be included as part of a well-balanced diet, but trans and saturated fats should be consumed in moderation.

 

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About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

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Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

About Ashley Pearson, Registered Dietitian

Ashley Pearson, Registered DietitianAshley understands how to properly fuel your body before, during, and after a workout, race, or game to improve performance. She uses factual, evidenced-based information to provide individualized plans to help you understand your nutritional requirements and reach your personal goals. Ashley has had a variety of experiences in her internship from the food industry, to sports nutrition, to inpatient care.

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