Indians love their food, irrespective of which part of India it originated in – Punjabis are proud of Masala Dosa, Tamilians are proud of Rasogolla and Bengalis are proud of Paneer Tikka. In fact, Indians accepted with open arms the cheese that the world rejected – Paneer or cottage cheese. Paneer has found its way into almost every Indian preparation ever made – from Dosa to Dhokla. A simple dish made at a restaurant becomes exotic the moment Paneer finds its way into the insides of a gravy – which also means that the person ordering it will be charged a little more! In fact, many people and, especially children, love to nibble on fresh, raw Paneer much before their mothers can introduce it into a wok of bubbling, spluttering Masala. However, none of us are aware that what we thought was exclusively the property of Indian cuisine was being used all over the world to lose weight. We gawked at the thought of it – Paneer, to lose weight? Could it be possible? In fact, most of us thought it actually helped to put on weight. Irrespective of all our doubt, the world had devised and was following the cottage cheese diet.
Cottage Cheese Diet Plan
Why Cottage Cheese?
Cottage cheese derived its name from 'cottages' where the cheeses are made, literally. It is prepared atop stoves homes found in the rural areas. People who originally manufactured the 'real thing' let nature take its course by leaving the milk to coagulate and turn sour. Cottage cheese is a product of cheese curd but unlike most cheese, which is dehydrated and has colour, this type of cheese retains its whey content because it is only drained, not pressed dry. The cottage cheese, unlike its relatives, does not undergo aging (maturation) and it is also washed to give it its different taste—sweet and mildly flavored. A naturally manufactured cottage cheese is made from fresh milk, rennet and mesophilic starter culture (this would help grow 'good bacteria' which is needed in giving the cheese its flavor and aids in coagulation). It is very rare to find natural cottage cheese nowadays. Commercialization of this product has made it easier to make at a shorter period of time.
The Diet Plan
This fad diet plan, named 'cottage cheese diet plan' is a 3 day diet plan that incorporates grapefruits. Grapefruit contains loads of fat burning enzymes and a combination of high protein cottage cheese and fat burners from grapefruit, is very useful. Lost weight, by this diet, is actually the water weight. This diet plan must be followed for 3 days, there are chances that one loses up to 10 lbs. Cottage cheese weight loss in not a myth but having quality fat burning activities like exercise, is also necessary. One can also incorporate the cottage cheese low carb diet, along with the regular weight loss diet and have cottage cheese and some vegetable or fruit, at night. The point is to have small feedings including small breakfast and having small cottage cheese servings from time to time. After the 3 to 5 initial days of following the cottage cheese diet plan, return slowly to the regular fat free or low carb diet plan and then again switch to the low fat cottage cheese diet plan, after consulting the dietitian. A low fat cottage cheese diet plan can be:
10:00 hrs – Coffee (without sugar) + 100g of low fat cottage cheese, combined with any of the favorite seasoning
12.00 hrs – A tomato, an egg, and some green vegetables
14:00 hrs – An apple or any such low carb fruit
16:00 hrs – 100g low fat cottage cheese + paprika + a cucumber or any green vegetable
10:00 hrs – White wine
A low fat cottage cheese diet plan can be made 'palatable', when it is combined with other seasonings like fresh crack pepper. Almost all the summer fruits like strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bananas, pineapples, etc. can be a great choice for those who are concerned about low glycemic food levels too.