Brawn: Is This Fried? Good!

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(me at the gym)

If we’re friends on social media, you have probably noticed that I’ve been hitting the gym…A LOT.  Part of the reason is that it’s addictive. I feel so healthy and youthful in the gym.  And I feel like I’m surrounded by other people who feel the same way, which reinforces the way that I feel.  I also feel very attractive.  I mean, what’s better than giving yourself the sexy eye while doing a bicep curl in slow motion – even if it is only a 15-lb dumbbell?

The other reason I’ve been pushing myself is because I want this to be a lifestyle change and not a fad.  I’m almost at the point where the gym is becoming a habit and I really want exercise to be a regular part of my life. 

But, before I finish, I must make a confession.  I’ve been hitting up this hot dog joint (http://www.fostersgrille.com/ totally awesome place!) about 2-3 times a week and getting a meal that’s about 2,300 calories – a delicious grilled hot dog, a full order of onion rings, and an extra thick milkshake.  Yup, it’s delish.  But I started thinking – “this seems a bit odd…working out this hard and then pigging out”. 

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(you totally just licked your lips)

I realized that I have to change my eating habits, too, which makes me sad. I love unhealthy stuff, especially fried food.  I thought it would be a good idea to learn more about the stuff I put in my body so I started researching about it and was overwhelmed with the amount of [confusing and contradictory]  information out there.  So, I’m making a pledge to not have any fried foods until I fully understand what it does to our bodies.

Here’s the question I’m trying to answer: Are fried foods healthy?

Notice I did not ask a leading question like, “how healthy are fried foods” or “at what point does fried food intake become unhealthy” which would assume that we already know that fried foods are healthy/unhealthy.  There’s a lot of information to break down for a slow guy like me so when I finally understand enough to post about it, you should be able to understand it well. 

What are your pain points for unhealthy foods?  Any other fried food fanatics? 

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