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Yes, it’s true: You can eat cheese and STILL lose weight

Published on:29 December 2020, 12:00pm IST
If you’ve been eating cheese with a lot of guilt because of the fear of gaining weight, then we’ve got some good news! Cheese can actually help you lose weight.
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Indulge in a love affair with cheese to lose weight. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Who doesn’t love eating pizza drowned in cheese? It’s the ultimate food dream, we say. But we’ve often been asked to steer clear of the deliciousness of cheese, because well, it is said to cause weight gain. And that’s why we’ve often let go of our cravings, because eating cheese is equal to committing a crime. 

But guess what? We have a HUGE surprise for you today that’s going to make you jump with joy. If you’ve also been someone who has believed that cheese is the villain in your weight loss journey, then it’s time to tell you it REALLY ISN’T! 

In fact, don’t think we’ve gone bonkers, but cheese can help you to shed those extra kilos. Say what?

The goodness of cheese

We’ve often heard cheese get a bad rap for tarnishing our health, but if you really get down to understanding this dairy product, you’ll know what we mean. Just like other dairy products, cheese too is rich in calcium and protein. Research suggests that when our bodies get adequate amounts of calcium, we tend to burn more fat. Also, with cheese being protein-rich, it accelerates your metabolism and reduces appetite, thereby helping you achieve weight loss. 

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Say no to cognitive decline with cheese and wine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

That’s not all—you can also build muscle when you consume dairy products. That’s because cheese contains vitamin D, which is great for your hormonal health, and in turn, promotes weight loss. Besides, cheese also contains generous amounts of protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, and zinc. 

Go for low-fat cheese

You can make this small sacrifice, ladies! After all, you no longer have to give up on cheese, and that’s pretty amazing. Now, this variety of cheese might not be the tastiest, but it is much lower in calories. As per research, Swiss-cheese has 1.5 grams saturated fat per 1.5-ounce serving, cottage cheese (reduced fat) has 0.729 saturated fat per half cup serving, ricotta (part-skim) has six grams saturated fat per ½ cup serving, while mozzarella (part-skim) has five grams saturated fat per 1.5-ounce serving. Now, you know what we were talking about! 

How can you incorporate cheese into your diet in a healthy way?

We’ve got some amazing tips for you that will ensure you can have your cheese without feeling guilty. Plus, you lose weight too!

1. Eat fresh mozzarella as a snack

A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that people who eat a high-protein, moderate-calorie cheese snack consume less food during their next meal. And if that’s the case, then we are surely going to try this as frequently as we can!

2. Use cheese instead of mayonnaise

We all love mayonnaise in our sandwiches, don’t we? But here’s an advice: put cheese instead. That’s because one tablespoon of full-fat mayonnaise has 94 calories and 10 grams of fat. On the other hand, if you use low-fat cream cheese, it has 30 calories and two-and-a-half grams of fat. You see the difference!

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It’s time to add cheese in your diet if you are gaining weight. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Use feta cheese in all your salads and pizzas

If you love Mediterranean cuisine, then you know how much they love their feta cheese! Not only does it taste delicious, but it also offers several health benefits, including good heart health and a lower fat content.

You can add just a small amount of feta to flavour your salads. Besides, it’s high in calcium, so it keeps your bones strong! Guess what? You can get 14% of your daily recommended calcium in just one serving, says a report published in the journal Centre For Medical Weight Loss (CMWL).

4. Dig into cottage cheese

There’s a reason why we all love paneer or cottage cheese. That’s because it is a rich source of protein and is super delicious too. Add it to a bowl of fresh fruits or integrate it into your breakfast. The choice is all yours!

So ladies, you don’t have to kill your cheese cravings at all. Just try making these little swaps, and you’re good to go!

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.