How cheese affects your waist

Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, author of Finally Full, Finally Slim and The Portion Teller Plan, says cheese may be both good and bad for your waistline.

Cheese provides protein and aids weight reduction.
Cheese is high in protein, so a little goes a long way, explains Dr. Young. Part-skim is great for dieters.

Protein digests more slowly than carbohydrates, so it keeps you full longer. This may help you prevent weight-gain-causing snacking and overeating during your next meal.

Low-fat cottage cheese is protein-rich. One cup has 24 grammes of protein, according the USDA. It's a terrific breakfast or snack.
Part-skim mozzarella has 20 grammes of protein per cup

"The calories in cheese add up rapidly, so limit your portion size," warns Dr. Young. Mindlessly nibbling cheese at a gathering or cutting slice after slice might lead to weight gain.

Two slices of Boar's Head White American Cheese have 110 calories. Consider how frequently you eat cheese. It adds up whether on a sandwich or spaghetti.

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