The ideal “weight loss fridge’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Cheese

Yes! Cheese can be an important part of your weight loss plan, and thus is included in the ‘Weight Loss Fridge’.

There are a couple of conditions here though.

Number one – the affordability! It’s certainly not the cheapest ingredient on the shelves; and number two, you have to be very disciplined with your quantity control. Cheese is very calorie-dense, so you can’t eat too much of it if you’re trying to control your calorie intake.

Super for snacks

A good block of cheddar cheese in the fridge can be a lifesaver if you need a quick snack. A wedge (30g) of cheddar is tasty, rich and satisfying. It should sort out the gap that needed filling.

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Other cheese can be used in place of meat in various dishes – it’s around the same calorie-density but may be more healthy.

Paneer works great in curries, haloumi works great in wraps, feta is lovely in salads. If you need a quick lunch time meal then look no further than some grilled cheese on whole wheat toast or a cheese, lettuce and tomato wrap.

The thing to remember is to eat the appropriate amount of cheese. As a guide, I always have about half of the amount I WANT to have. That’s about right for a cheese-lover like me.

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