Considering that burger and fries? Consider this…
Here’s the bad news:
Just one fatty meal can have a negative effect on your health—by reducing your arteries’ ability to respond to the increased blood flow that occurs after such a meal.
Now, if you’ve just wolfed down a burger and fries, don’t go feeling guilty – you may be able to counteract its effects by getting a little exercise.
Studies have shown that blood flow is negatively impaired 2-5 hours after a fatty meal, however, here’s the good news:
A recent study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, shows that a brisk, 45 minute walk, taken within 2-4 hours of a high fat meal can improve blood flow and negate potential damage to your arteries.
Does this mean we can all have our cake and eat it too?
Hmm…not really. A healthy diet does not include foods loaded with fat and cholesterol. And because we all have birthdays and special occasions—the good news is you can have your cake, now and then.
Even more good news:
You don’t have to suit up and head to the gym, just put on your walking shoes and head out the door for 45 minutes – and enjoy some fresh air.