While it's true that cheese, in general, is high in fat, salt and calories, it is also true that cheese is chock full of calcium, protein and vitamin D —all of which play an important role in helping you lose weight.
So before you swear off cheese for good, take a look at this list of 7 healthy cheeses — and then get out and enjoy some gooey goodness:
When it comes to flavor, a little feta go a long way. That's good news for anyone interested in adding a touch of Mediterranean to their meals. Feta is also relatively low in calories, serving up only 75 per ounce. It's also pretty low in fat and made from goat's milk, meaning it might be right for people who are lactose intolerant.
Speaking of goat cheese, it's among the healthiest of all the cheeses. Relatively low in calories, high in protein and creamy, it just might be your best bet if you're looking for something to spread on some whole grain crackers.
Weightlifters have known about and enjoyed this protein-packed cheese for decades. Just one-half cup of cottage cheese delivers an impressive 16 grams of protein. And it goes great with fruit, which just might satiate your sweet tooth.
If you want calcium but don't want all the calories associated with drinking milk, you might want to try a slice of provolone. Just one slice delivers more than 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium.
It's widely popular in Italian restaurants and pizza joints, but Parmesan cheese doesn't have to accompany a high-fat meal. It's great on everything from omelets to popcorn. And it's low in calories (just 112 per ounce) and high in protein (eight grams per ounce).
It's rich. It's creamy. It's Neufchatel, and it looks and tastes a lot like cream cheese, except with one-third the fat. So when you are craving something rich and creamy to put on your healthy crackers, Neufchatel is a good choice.
Ricotta is most commonly associated with lasagna, but it can also be combined with fruit to create deliciously healthy desserts. It's especially healthy if you choose the part-skim selections, which have only 39 calories per ounce.
When it comes to weight loss, cheese sometimes gets a bad rap. But as you can see, there are healthy cheeses out there. You just have to eat cheese in moderation. If you want to discover other healthy foods--and find a workout routine that meets your needs, connect with personal trainer Ralph Roberts.