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You can, just about, still enjoy pizza while losing weight

The Pizza Diet. Almost everyone loves pizza. It’s one of those universal comfort foods that just seem to make everything so much better. But if you’re trying to lose weight, pizza can seem like the enemy. All those cheesy, greasy toppings on top of the carb-rich base will quickly pile on the pounds.

The Pizza Diet

The Pizza Diet

Fortunately, pizza doesn’t have to be off-limits when trying to lose weight. There are ways you can still enjoy pizza while on a weight-loss journey, as long as you follow some basic guidelines. For example, incorporating pizza into a healthy diet means watching your portion sizes. It’s also important to remember that pizza isn’t just about the pizza itself; it’s also about all of those delicious, but calorie-dense, pizza toppings.

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So if you think that pizza is the number one enemy when trying to lose weight, you are on the right track. Pizza has never been the dieter’s best friend. And, in all honesty, it probably never will be. Pizza is, of course, the best mate of obesity; it also likes to hang around with another of its friends: beer! For many people, enjoying a pizza with a couple of beers, or a bottle of wine, is one of life’s little pleasures.

For some it is their favourite food. And why not? It’s delicious, comforting, and perfect for sharing with friends and family.

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Pizza and the Bliss Point

But do you know why? Foods like pizza are designed in expensive labs by scientists to cleverly trigger our brain’s reward zone. It is the same area where drugs like cocaine, heroin and alcohol act. Every time you eat sugar/carbohydrate, your brain releases dopamine (the happy hormone). It will then be coursing through your veins in seconds, almost before you have swallowed the food, and you feel good.

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The Pizza Diet

This chemical reaction can be very hard to resist. This is especially true when you’re trying to lose weight and it seems that pizza is all around you. At that point of course you are no longer calling the shots; it is completely out of your control.

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The Pizza Diet

In fact, food manufacturers spend millions to find the “bliss point” for each food: that irresistible ratio of sugar, salt and fat. These foods are designed to bypass our normal fullness mechanisms, which is why you could eat them all day and not feel full. Over time, your body becomes less sensitive to these foods. As a result, you have to eat more just to get the same dopamine rush. And also, you will feel withdrawal if you don’t get it. It’s like a designer drug in an easy-to-open package. And it’s legal…. (From CNN Health)

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Thick Crust Pizza

 So that’s why when you’re trying to lose weight, pizza in particular can be a bit of a challenge. All those greasy toppings and thick pizza crust can add up quickly in terms of calories and fat. But that doesn’t mean pizza has to be off-limits when you’re on a weight-loss journey.

The Pizza Diet

The pizza Diet

There are ways that you can still enjoy pizza while losing weight, as long as you follow some basic guidelines. For example, as we have already said, incorporating pizza into your healthy diet means keeping a close eye on portion sizes and choosing lower-calorie toppings like vegetables over high-fat ones.

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Pizza is of course loaded with calories, fat, and sodium. A typical slice of pizza has upwards of 300 calories and over 10 grams of fat, not to mention all the added sodium in pizza sauce and toppings. If you eat pizza regularly, these high-calorie and unhealthy ingredients can quickly add up, sabotaging your weight-loss efforts.

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Break Up With Pizza

When trying to lose weight, cutting out pizza can be one of the hardest things to do. It’s delicious, it’s easy to eat and it’s highly addictive. But if you want to lose weight, you need to break up with pizza. Here’s why…

Eating pizza in moderation is one way to still enjoy it while losing weight. Try to limit yourself to one or two slices and load up on veggie toppings to help offset the calories in the pizza itself. You can also try making pizza at home using a thinner crust and less cheese to further reduce the calorie and fat content.

The Pizza Diet

The Pizza Diet

And of course, always remember that pizza is only one part of a healthy diet and exercise routine. Overall, pizza doesn’t have to be off-limits when trying to lose weight – it just requires some moderation and mindful choices. So are you ready to enjoy pizza while losing weight?

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Below are our Top Five Tips.

Most Pizzas are cut for you, the normal serving will see the Pizza served to you already cut into eight portions, instead ask the restaurant or take away kitchen to cut yours into smaller portions, say 16 instead.

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Always go for the ‘Thin Crust’ option; it can deliver up to 50% less carbohydrate per portion.

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Always sit down at a table and eat your pizza with a knife and fork. Under no circumstances should you ever eat pizza out of a box.

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Whenever possible choose a topping with a bit of a kick. As you will read on other pages on this site, it is a scientific fact that the hotter (spice) you eat your food, the more calories the body will burn.

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In the UK Pizza Express now has a ‘Lite’ menu which contains 12 tasty pizzas that are all less than 600 calories. They’re served as a ring of wholemeal, white and spelt dough with a hole in the middle filled with fresh, dressed salad.

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So if you are looking for a way to enjoy pizza while losing weight? Then give these tips a try. Whether you’re eating pizza at home or ordering it out, there are steps you can take to make pizza a healthier and lower-calorie choice. So if you’re ready to pizza the night away and maybe lose a little weight at the same time, then give these tips a try!

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Limit your pizza nights to one per week as a maximum, and keep reminding yourself that it’s not the pizza that’s the problem; it’s the quantity you consume. Make it a golden rule to always go for absolute quality, leave the big portions to your overweight friends.

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Carbs are the Problem

One of the biggest problems with traditional pizza is the highly processed carbohydrate content. This can cause blood sugar spikes, which then leads to increased hunger, or even feeling sleepy. Of course people have also tried to steer clear of eating too much fat in recent years.

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Fat is OK….

However, we are delighted to say that there is no need to fear fat in your diet, just as long as you don’t combine it with high-carb foods. And the best news is that decreasing your carbs, whilst increasing the fat you consume, will also help you to lose weight!  

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Fortunately, there are plenty of “low-carb” recipes around for making your own yummy pizza. You can even get the whole family involved in creating delicious, healthier, lower-carb, less processed versions of your favourite flavours. Low-carb bases can be made quite easily by mixing together beaten eggs and grated cheese.

A Low-Carb Pepperoni Pizza

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Or, for a crisper base, you can use a combination of almond flour (ground almonds), cheese and egg. Check out this recipe for “keto fathead pizza” on the dietdoctor website, for example. Read our new page – Weight loss mistakes here.

FAQ 1: Can I eat pizza and still lose weight?

ANSWER: Yes, pizza can absolutely be part of a weight-loss diet. To make pizza a healthier choice while on a weight-loss journey, it is important to choose lower-fat pizza toppings like vegetables, eat smaller portions, and incorporate pizza into your exercise routine by exercising with pizza in hand. Additionally, remember that pizza should be just one.

FAQ 2: What is the best pizza topping to have when on a diet?

ANSWER: Some good pizza topping options for people on a diet include vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat cheeses. These toppings can help to reduce the calorie and fat content of pizza, making it a healthier choice overall. Additionally, be sure to choose pizza with a thin crust to further reduce the calorie and fat content. And remember. Moderation is key when trying to lose weight, so be sure to enjoy pizza as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine.

FAQ 3: Is it best to eat Thin Crust rather than Thick Crust?

ANSWER: There is no definitive answer when it comes to pizza crust and weight loss, as the best option will depend on your individual preferences and dietary needs. However, choosing a pizza with a thin crust may be one way to make pizza a lower-calorie option while on a weight-loss journey.

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Tip No. 1 – Only Eat When You’re Hungry!

This has to be our number one, golden rule, when it comes to achieving successful weight loss. In our experience, most overweight people eat for many different reasons, other than physical hunger. But, if you allow your emotions to control your eating habits, then it is unlikely that you will be able to control your weight as a result. So, before you reach for anything to eat, stop and ask yourself first if you physically NEED to eat, or you just WANT to…

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Tip No. 2 – Use a Smaller Plate!

You’ve probably heard this many times before, but it’s a fact that people who use larger plates tend to eat more food than those who eat from smaller plates. No doubt you know about the power of optical illusions. But are you aware of just how much more generous the same size portion of food appears, when presented on a smaller plate, instead of a larger one? Have a look at the image below. It’s known as the Delboeuf optical illusion. If you stick to our mantra, “always go for quality over quantity”, then you will definitely lose weight much more easily.

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Tip No. 3 – Drink a Glass or Two of Water Before Your Meal!

Reduce your calorie intake by over 20%, with almost with no effort! Research results, published by Harvard Medical showed that people who drank two large glasses of water, just before eating, on average, consumed around 20% less food compared with when they didn’t drink anything before they ate. This is possibly as a result of the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.

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Tip No. 4 – Eat Slowly and Mindfully!

A growing number of studies have consistently found a correlation between speed of eating and weight, so it is officially accepted now that faster eaters are definitely more likely to become overweight. Studies have also shown that people are much more likely to eat more when their eating is mindless, as opposed to mindful. So, make meal times an occasion by sitting down at a table, with no distractions. Then eat slowly and savour every mouthful. You will naturally eat less food and also find it easier to lose weight as a result!

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Tip No. 5 – Stay Away From Sugar and Highly Processed Foods!

It’s a fact that sugar and highly processed foods have addictive properties! So much so, that many people find that once they start eating these foods, they literally can’t stop. And, of course, if you’re making such poor food choices, this in turn will make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. So, our advice is to choose healthy, unprocessed foods and limit the amount of sugar you consume. As a result, you will have far more control over how much you eat and also how much weight you can lose.

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Tip No. 6 – Eat Your Favourite Foods on the Plate First!

You may not be aware of how important this tip is, but the order in which you eat your food can actually have a big impact on how much you consume! It’s quite common for overweight people to “save the best til last” when eating. In other words they only eat their favourite food right at the end. It’s not so surprising then, that they also tend to eat everything on their plate, regardless of how uncomfortably full they feel. Because, of course, they don’t want to miss out on the “best bit”!

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However, our advice is to eat your favourite things first. Not only will you enjoy it more, but it’s also much easier to stop when you’ve eaten just the right amount and leave the rest on the plate.

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