A recent article in Self magazine touts the fact that women who ate an ounce of full-fat cheese each day gained fewer pounds over time when compared to women who didn't eat cheese. That research came from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Whole dairy products contain higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and researchers believe that those healthy fats may stoke people's metabolism. Self magazine reporter Maridel Reyes suggests, "To get more waist-whittling power from your wedge, savor a single-ounce portion (about the size of your thumb) of one of these top picks daily."

The cheese options suggested in the article include: goat cheese, Parmesan, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Ricotta, Provolone, and Mozzarella.

Self Magazine is published monthly and has over 1.1 million paid subscribers. To read the full article, go to http://www.self.com/fooddiet/2009/12/stay-slim-benefits-of-cheese