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The National Institutes of Health recently funded a study that tracked the diets of 150 women and men for one year. During the study, two control groups were allowed as many calories as they wished, but one group was limited in their carbohydrate consumption while the second was told to trim fats.

The result, as recently reported in The New York Times, pointed to the loss of more body fat and gain of lean muscle mass by favoring fats (excluding trans fats). And those who ate fewer fats actually shed more muscle than fat — not a good thing.

Years ago, the Atkins diet earned the fealty of fat fiends, and these days the term "paleo" sees wider usage for an eating style not too dissimilar. Aided by popular, alternative training movements such as CrossFit, paleo products continue to gain market share and menu placement. Look no further than the lettuce-wrap option at the new Bingo Burger to see how restaurants are catering not only to gluten-free eaters, but also to those seeking to slash grains and enhance their intake of good fats and proteins.

All this accounted for, you'll see us celebrating fat as the theme of our annual Dish issue, inserted into this week's Indy. Whether you're concerned about the above data or not, we hope you'll enjoy the 17 recipes gifted by local chefs and restaurateurs.

From pork belly to avocado, this gets rich. Indulge.

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