Is Cheese a Weight Loss 'No-No'?
If you’re working hard to lose weight, you may think that cheese is a weight loss “no-no.” Since cheese adds wonderful texture and flavor to foods, it’s tough to give it up. The good news – you don’t have to!
You don’t have to completely eliminate cheese from your diet. However, you do need to eat cheese in moderation and make sure you choose the right cheeses. Indulge in a bit of cheese and the fat content will keep you feeling full while the delicious flavor keeps your taste buds happy.
Low Calorie Cheese Options
Enjoy adding cheese to your diet by choosing low calorie cheese options. Part-skim mozzarella, goat cheese, and feta are all lower calorie options. These cheeses also contain less fat than other types of cheeses. Top your eggs with mozzarella or make a side dish by broiling or grilling tomatoes and part-skim mozzarella together. Use goat cheese as a healthy sandwich spread, or add feta to chicken or as a topping for salads.
Use Strong Flavors in Moderation
Strong flavored, hard cheeses like Romano, aged cheddar, Parmesan, and asiago all are higher in calories, but since they have such a strong flavor, you can use them in small amounts and still enjoy all the flavor. Simply add just a tablespoon of your favorite finely grated hard cheese to scrambled eggs, a salad, or steamed veggies and you get plenty of flavor with only around 25 calories. You can add a deep, rich flavor to stews and soups as well by adding a Parmesan rind in as it simmers.
Make Menu Adjustments to Include Cheese
Of course, if you want to include cheese in a healthy diet, you may need to make some adjustments to make sure you’re not getting too many calories or too much fat. For example, if you decide to have cheese on a salad, skip high fat, high calorie toppings like avocado or nuts. If you go with some melted cheese on your sandwich, choose a lean meat like chicken breast or turkey breast. Enjoy some great recipes that help you enjoy cheese the healthy way by visiting the Metabolic Research Center today.
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