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Considering a Fage Yogurt Diet

Updated on September 22, 2015

A Fage Greek Yogurt Treat

The eminently-recognizable, gravelly voice of Willem Dafoe (an esteemed actor of stage and the big screen.

He is perhaps most widely known for his gritty, almost angelic turn in the cult-hit war movie Platoon) was the perfect introduction of an American audience to the wonderfully rich, exclusively Greek treat of yogurt.

Although a survey of Hellenic attitudes might reveal that Greek yogurt is best eaten while you gaze into the Adriatic, it has nonetheless taken health nuts and connoisseurs of the Mediterranean palette by storm in the West.

It can be eaten as breakfast, or use in place of fat-laden condiments as a tasty weight-loss alternative.

Even without exercise, true Greek yogurt possesses enzymes that burn fat; with exercise, the potential is almost limitless. There are many combinations that are possible with the various recipes out there. Greek yogurt can be had for breakfast, lunch and dinner in novel new dishes that promote health and adequate consumption of protein.

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Greek Yogurt and Gut Health

Among its many characteristics, real Greek yogurt (Fage being the most popular by far, with Chobani a distant – though very successful – second) is choc-ful of protein and healthy gut bacteria, some of which are so beneficial to the human body that they actually burn fat even in the absence of exercise.

Indeed, there have been rising incidences of a move towards a Greek yogurt diet for both enhanced health, and the rich creamy taste catching on wherever it's sold.

It is this rich creaminess that allows Greek yogurt to replace much more fattening, traditional condiments like sour cream and cream cheese in kitchen concoctions.

Of course, Fage isn't your only option for creamy, super-healthy Greek yogurt: there's also Oikos, Chobani (a personal favorite of my nephews once they started sharing a cup as part of lunch on the weekends), Voskos and others. Watch out for so-called Greek-style yoghurt, because it isn't the same thing.

Perhaps the quickest way to check if the yogurt you're eating is truly Greek, is to simply look at the protein content. It should be substantially more than normal yogurt - almost 2.5-3 times as much per similar serving size. One cup, and you're well on your way towards the FDA Daily Recommended Value for protein - especially for women.

Willem Dafoe Likes Greek Yogurt

The main contributor to the popularity of Fage and Greek yogurt in general, was a series of commercials and snippets that debut and heralded the coming Greek yogurt storm.

Actor Willem Dafoe lent his distinctly-recognizable voice to these visually captivating and poetic spots. The store shelves literally emptied as Americans rushed in to find out what the fuss was all about. Greek yogurt had arrived, and the competitors of Fage followed soon afterwards.

Today, you can find Chobani Greek yogurt, Oikos, Voskos and many varieties of Greek-style yogurt. It is very important to look at the ingredients, to make sure the expected amount of protein is present.

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Greek Yogurt - Protein Deluxe

Of course, you would like to know the big deal about protein, and why it's so good for you.

Well, protein requires more calories to be digested, and converts to lean muscle mass much more readily than fats and carbohydrates, which automatically boosts your metabolism and thus weight-loss capabilities.

All you need to do is compare the nutritional label of Fage to one of the other so-called “Greek-styled” yogurts (a marketing ploy; Greek-styled isn't nearly the same as Greek) to appreciate the differen

Watching Out for Greek Yogurt Imitations

The skyrocketing popularity of Fage Greek yogurt has contributed to a sudden shift in the marketing programs of the majority of non-Greek yogurt manufacturers, eager to piggyback off the fame of the Mediterranean delectable.

However, just because they stamp prominent entreaties of “twice the protein of regular yogurt” or “now with more protein”, doesn't make them actual Greek yogurt, which has many more attributes – such as natural bacterial cultures that actively burn fat.

For true Greeks like Fage, Chobani, Athenos and Voskos, there is a straining process that extracts any extra water and sugar/salt (which is why Greek yogurt isn't candy-sweet like all the other, relatively unhealthy yogurt on the American market). Additionally, it is this special straining action that leaves Greek yogurt with the monstrous amount of protein per serving for which it is most famous.

Greek Yogurt for Health and Fitness

In sum, then, a daily or perhaps every-other-day serving of rich Greek yogurt can start you on the road to a Fage diet, which will reap dividends for your overall health – depending on what else you eat (or don't eat), of course.

The cost is about double that of normal yogurt, but sales are frequent, and it's your health we're talking about, after all. Soon after embarking on a diet of Fage, you'll see why the people of the Mediterranean tend to be so fit.

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In my own family, a dedicated program of eating pretty well, moderate exercise, raspberry ketones and Fage (Oikos and Chobani are options also) has led to pounds of weight loss.

Additionally, we've been able to actually keep the weight off, unlike so many other diet programs tried over the years. It's an exhilarating feeling, to finally know you have the tools to stay fit and at your desired weight without eating tofu every waking moment (lol). It's worth a shot, and good luck!

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      I so wanted to add this to my diet. However, as a diabetic I cannot. It contains way too much sugar. Ugh.

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      seigfried23 4 years ago

      Aww - I'm sorry to hear that; my father is Type 2. Did you take a look at the plain Fage? I don't know, but it's sugar content might be any case, thanks for stopping by and take care of yourself!

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      vespawoolf 20 months ago from Peru, South America

      I didn't realize that Greek yogurt promotes fat burning. I make my own yogurt at home because I enjoy eating it and it contributes to gut health. Thank you for this useful information.

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      seigfried23 20 months ago

      Thanks for commenting, vespawolf! Yes; there's something inside Greek yogurt that helps out with fat-burning; additionally, it's full of protein. The body uses a lot more energy (i.e calories) to digest protein than either fats or carbohydrates.

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