I attempted to become a vegan about 5 years ago. I am not a vegan, nor a vegetarian but my journey into both lifestyles helped to educate me a lot about nutrition. Like so many I was also caught up in my physical aesthetics. I wanted to see my abs, I wanted a low body fat percentage to feel comfortable shirtless at the beach. I spent 2 years running distances I never dreamt of, pushing weights and body weight workouts hoping to drop the remaining body fat but it wasn’t happening. I kept reading about how and were made in the kitchen not the gym. It wasn’t until I truly invested in that theory that I started to see the results I wanted.
Vegetarianism or Veganism I thought was going to be the answer. to cutting down fatty meats out of my diet but it wasn’t. Going the vegetarian route I was inundated with choices that all nearly always included some sort of cheese. Cheese is in freakin everything. Americans live and die by cheese. I can’t fell you how many times I go to a restaurant and ask for no cheese and I literally hear a server repeat “what kind of cheese again?”.... that was “none”.
Cheese is produced from dairy, so many of the same nutritional concerns that come from milk apply to cheese which can both beneficial and detrimental effects on the body.
Before you write off cheese....dairy products, including cheese, provide vitamins A and D. Vitamin A maintains healthy vision, the immune system and red blood cell production. Cheese also provides two important minerals, calcium and phosphorus, which support the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and can lower your risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium also plays a role in the health of your nervous system.
Cheese also provides significant amounts of complete proteins, or all of the nine essential amino acids that you need for good health. Firm cheeses such as cheddar contain more protein than softer cheeses such as blue cheese.
Cheese can also contribute large amounts of fat and cholesterol to your diet. Less than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from fat. Too much fat or cholesterol can cause you to gain weight, develop heart disease and develop certain cancers. The amount of fat in a cheese depends on the fat content of the milk that was used to make the cheese. You should select cheeses made from no-fat, 1 percent fat or otherwise low-fat milk to better control your fat intake.
What you might not realize is just how much cheese you’re actually consuming. Seriously Cheese is added in everything from our eggs in the morning to our salad bowls at night. If you remove the salt from cheese many of you wouldn’t touch it. Here’s the deal, get a good tracking app and be dilligent about entering data for for a couple of weeks. Really examine how often your consuming cheese and how much. You might just find that your cheese consumption is what’s holding you back from the abs you deserve and love.
In in fact every person whose house I visit and complains about gut health, extra weight and those last few pesky pounds always has a ton of cheese in their snack drawer. Try removing the cheese from your diet for a month or narrowing it down to just your favorite cheese. try limiting that to one meal a day or really go hard and limit cheese until the weekends. It won’t happen right away but in just a few weeks you might start seeing definition in your muscles and body that you hadn’t seen before.