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I, personally, am a firm believer in portion control as a sustainable way to not only lose weight but also maintain the weight you desire. Cutting out entire groups of foods never seems to work. Why? Because you won’t be able to cut them out forever. And the moment you are “allowed” to eat them again, you’ll go nuts on them because you’ve missed them so much! Concepts like cheat days and cleanses can be troubling because they involve completely eliminating certain items for a while. And any time we tip the scales too far in one direction, they always go flying back to the other side. I actually lost 20 pounds a few years ago. And I still ate all the things—from dairy to carbs to (dare I say it) sugar—while I was doing so. I just learned to cut portions. I also focused on foods that were satisfying because even a small amount boasted a lot of nutrition. Like these. Here are splurge foods that are actually healthy.

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Cheese contains protein, calcium, and vitamin A, vitamin B12 (mood booster!), and even certain fats that can fight cancer. Parmesan, Feta, aged cheddar, cottage, low-skim mozzarella, and ricotta will give you all of those, but are on the lower end of the calorie spectrum for cheeses.

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