Can Eating Cheese Help with Weight Loss?

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Cheese is the enemy of many dieters because it is high in fat, high in calories and high in sodium. Depending on the brand and type of cheese, one small slice can contain over 100 calories. It is no surprise that most conventional diets banish cheese from their meal plans. There is, however, some good news for cheese lovers. Some modern diets actually include cheese in large amounts. One of these is the Atkins diet, a controversial weight loss plan that is based on the principle of ketosis, when the body’s metabolism switches from burning glucose to burning stored body fat. The diet requires a low carbohydrate intake and generous quantities of protein-rich meat, eggs, poultry, fish and shellfish. Under the guidelines for the Atkins diet, cheese is not permitted in unlimited amounts, but up to 120 grams of soft or semi-soft cheese is permitted each day. This is far more than is normally recommended in other weight loss programs.


Other diets have been devised that are based on the same general principles as the Atkins diet and also permit relatively generous quantities of cheese. These are ideal for those who love cheese and cannot imagine living without it, but also want to lose weight. The key to losing weight–and keeping it off–is changing your approach to food. In many cases, people who are overweight simply eat too much of the types of food that are not considered to be healthy in the way that fresh fruit and vegetables are. It is still possible to lose weight and not deprive yourself of your favorite treats; just eat less of them than you normally do. This means eating a couple of small cubes of cheese as a snack, not an entire block! Cheese can be grated over a healthy green salad or jacket potato to give added flavor to a healthy meal.


Most people are not aware that sheep cheese is much healthier than cow’s milk cheese as the fats in sheep milk are mostly mono and poly unsaturates.  Many diets stress that it is important to include these healthy fats in a balanced diet and minimise saturated fats.  Cow’s milk is largely saturated fats. Whatever weight loss plan you are considering, it is recommended that you consult your doctor first. It always helps to have a professional opinion, particularly if your doctor has advised you to lose weight for health reasons. A diet should be combined with regular exercise to help you lose the weight and tone your body. Try to think of losing weight as a long-term goal, rather than a quick fix. This will make you more likely to keep the weight off in the future.



Keep being ewenique!


Diane Rae

Master Cheesemaker

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