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Cheese-friend or foe?

I have had many people ask me if cheese is off-limits on a diet. Cheese can actually help you achieve your weight loss goals if you are mindful of consuming the right varieties and portion size. It offers a good source of protein, which helps build and maintain lean muscle. Our personal trainers recommend weight loss clients consume a lean source of protein with each meal and snack to keep their blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. It is also a good source of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, iron, folate, and zinc! Soft cheeses like mozzarella, provolone, and feta are typically lower in calories. Cheese made with part skim or reduced fat milk will have less fat and calories than full fat cheese. Cheese is fairly calorie dense and the serving size is typically 1 oz. This is not a lot. For a frame of reference, it would be about the size of your thumb. If you keep this in mind when consuming cheese, you can make it a healthy addition to your diet. If you have trouble with portion control, it may be better to keep the cheese out of the house for now. Once you’ve created a healthier lifestyle and have seen results, you may more successfully be able to add some cheese back in to your diet!