When Fat Cries

Sweat hard … or look decent? The choice is tough for those of us who work out and then go out, but the benefits of sweat far outweigh the stares you’ll get for being a hot mess at Meijer.

When you sweat, alcohol, cholesterol and salt pour out of you, ridding your body of system-clogging toxins. Sweat also:

• Contains a naturally occurring antimicrobial peptide called dermcidin, which has been proven to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens.

• Contains small amounts of antibiotics that can combat some of the bacteria that are found naturally on the skin.

• Unclogs pores, improving the skin’s tone, clarity and texture.

• Slows the signs of early aging and helps reduce the effects of skin damage.

• Causes fat to become water soluble, exiting through the pores.

• Removes heavy metals like mercury and lead from the body much faster than the kidneys, which take 24 hours to flush these toxins out.

So yes: When fat cries, your carefully honed look dies. But when it’s up to feeling good vs. looking good, choosing the former inevitably guarantees the latter.