Fad diets, weight loss plans and calorie counting programs are always in high demand during the summer months. The cottage cheese diet is currently one of those making the rounds and it really is generating a loud buzz. Just what does this entail though, and does it work? These are the questions that you should always ask before taking the plunge into any type of weight loss regimen.
You probably have been used to hearing people tell you to avoid dairy products when dieting, and now it seems like the biggest craze involves cottage cheese lots of cottage cheese. There are individuals who swear that this is the best and easiest way to drop those unwanted pounds and get your body into swimsuit baring shape quickly.
Since many descriptions of cellulite compare the appearance to cottage cheese it might seem a bit crazy to use this food to wage a battle against body fat. However there are really are some good points to consider when it comes to including it and other dairy products in a weight loss plan.
Dairy products are essential for a healthy diet and they provide people with a lot of nutritional benefits:
Cottage cheese, yogurt, skim milk and other cheeses contain amino acids, minerals and vitamins that are crucial to good health.
Women, teenagers and young children can all use the calcium that dairy products contain.
Most people that these products are tasty as well as nutritious. It contains
17% protein, Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Iron
18% fat, although there are low fat and fat free versions
Essential nutrients that can help strengthen bones, prevent fractures, and lower your chance of developing heart conditions and kidney diseases
Easily digestible proteins and amino acids
216 calories in 1 cup of the whole milk variety; 200 calories in the 2% type; 165 calories in the 1% variety and 120 calories in the nonfat cottage version
The current cottage cheese diet is being presented in several different forms. One version of the diet requires people to eat nothing but cottage cheese in order to lose weight. There are some tips that are intended to help you stick with this strict diet plan. Participants are told that they should boost up the rather bland taste of this dairy food by adding different seasonings and spices. Some of the suggestions include cinnamon, ginger, garlic, onion salt and pepper. While these ingredients can change the taste of the cottage cheese, the strictness and monotony of the diet will definitely try the patience and determination of even the most committed dieters.
A far better choice is to make it a mainstay of your diet but incorporate other items into the plan as well. This will let you add a dollop of cottage cheese to other foods for even more variety while continuing to keep you on the weight loss path. You can add cottage cheese to an omelet, salad or even top it with granola or fresh vegetables. This will increase the amount of protein to your diet and give you a very filling meal or snack that still contains a relatively low amount of calories. The extra protein will help you in your efforts to lose weight.
One thing that you should remember when you are on this diet is not to combine cottage cheese or other dairy products with fruit or nuts in any 4 hour period. Surprisingly this combination of foods will actually slow your metabolism down instead of speeding it up. Try this for yourself and you will be pleased to see that separating these ingredients lets you shed pounds faster.