Despite what your Paleo-preaching CrossFit friends tell you, if you’re trying to lose weight, you might want to think twice before ditching dairy. Cheese is a satisfying, portable, and inexpensive food that’s packed with calcium, vitamin D, and protein, notes Taub-Dix.
“Calcium can also promote weight loss because it helps maintain muscle mass, which boosts and helps maintain metabolism, helping you burn calories more efficiently throughout the day,” says Zuckerbrot. Stick to reduced-fat or part-skim varieties and work cheese into fiber-rich snacks, like string cheese with an apple or cottage cheese with diced pineapple on high-fiber crackers.
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