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Why You Shouldn't Eat Nonfat Cheese

This Dietitian Explains Why You Should NEVER Eat Non-Fat Cheese

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If you're trying to lose weight, then you're probably hyperaware of the calories of your favourite foods. Cheese, while delicious and savoury and good melted on top of just about anything, is a high-fat, high-calorie food that you may want to eat in moderation. Instead of giving up cheese altogether, many people opt for the "lighter" option in the form of non-fat cheese, especially the shredded varieties.

But while non-fat cheese is a lower-calorie option, it's totally not worth it according to Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, CDN, author of Joy's Simple Food Remedies.

"[Non-fat cheeses] taste a bit plastic and don't melt well, so they leave you feeling unsatisfied," Joy told POPSUGAR. "These aren't worth it, in my opinion." If you're unsatisfied, you're more likely to reach for more of your favourite comfort foods to fill that void which could derail your weight-loss progress.

Instead, she recommends two percent reduced-fat shredded cheeses of all flavours: part-skim mozzarella, Mexican blend, or cheddar.

"They melt beautifully, just like regular, and have the same indulgent flavour for a bit less saturated fat and fewer calories," Joy said. "And thanks to the 'shred factor,' you can sprinkle a few handfuls over an omelet, salad, burger, and more! Most varieties typically contain just 80 calories per quarter cup serving while offering up seven grams of protein."

The good news is you can totally indulge in cheese and still lose weight. If shredded cheese isn't your thing, check out our list of the other best cheeses to eat and still lose weight, including brie, feta, goat cheese, and more.

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