How to eat cheese and stay thin

How to eat cheese and stay thin

By Katherine Webb

Most of us love cheese. It’s easy to eat with bread and adds zings of flavour to our favourite meals. But it’s also annoyingly good at expanding our waistlines. So how can we eat cheese without piling on the pounds?

  1. Swap goats cheese for cheddar. Cheddar accounts for 55 percent of UK cheese sales, but goat’s cheese is much healthier.  A 1-ounce serving of goat’s cheese contains 70 calories, 45 of which are from fat. Cheddar contains 110 calories, with 80 from fat. So if you substitute a daily serving of cheddar for goat’s cheese you save almost 300 calories a week. Holy cow!
  2. Eat smaller portions. A ‘portion’ is officially 30g, which is about the size of a small matchbox. So that huge hunk of cheese you have with your crackers is probably a lot more than you need.
  3. Or, eat more portions. Agreed, this sounds counter-intuitive. Official guidelines recommend three portions of dairy each day. But researchers from an Australian University found that people who ate five portions of dairy each day lost more weight than those who just ate three portions. This is because cheese and other dairy are high in protein, filling us up and speeding up metabolism.
  4. Eat full fat cheese. Believe it or not, tucking into fatty cheese could help you gain fewer pounds according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Whole fat dairy contains coagulated linoleic acid which boosts metabolism. The trick is to consume only a single-ounce portion. Cheddar, parmesan, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella and goats cheese are all good choices.
  5. Eat cheese last. If you fill your stomach first then treat cheese as a dessert you won’t eat so much of it. You’ll also be less tempted to eat sugary puddings. Maybe that’s the reason French women are so slim.

You’d be crackers to give up cheese completely. We say enjoy it – alongside healthy portions of exercise.

 

 

Comments

Emma C.
16 September 2014

Emma C.

I Love cheese!! Unfortunately I don't like goats cheese. But I like the idea of eating more portions and reckon I could do that :)

Olga N.
13 September 2014

Olga N.

I don't know how anyone can live without cheese, I tried once and was miserable. Portion control is an issue for me though, like Clare says, perhaps little and often will keep my cravings under control.

Olivia C.
12 September 2014

Olivia C.

I'm so pleased to read this - I love cheese and have always thought that full fat, but less of it is always the way to go

Clare R.
12 September 2014

Clare R.

portion control with cheese - my downfall. I've learned to slice it thin and close the box, too tempting otherwise.

Trevor D.
12 September 2014

Trevor D.

excellent news! Low-fat cheese is horrible,good to hear that eating the proper stuff is the way forward. I wonder how sheep's cheese (feta) compares?

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