Can Pizza completely sabotage your weight loss plans? Its actually double trouble with pizza- the ingredients and the portions.
Pizza Ingredients: Most pizzas are made from a base of refined flour (maida), which has a high Glycemic Index, so it spikes your blood sugar and promotes fat storage. Further its topped with plenty of cheese and oil, loaded with saturated fat. Many use high fat meats like pepperoni and sausage, again loaded with artery clogging saturated fat and lots of sodium preservatives (increases blood pressure). To make it worse, now pizza bases come stuffed with cheese!
Pizza Calories: Pizza varies in size, toppings .. so one slice of restaurant pizza can vary from 200 calories to 400 calories, loaded with upto 20-25 gm of fat, and plenty of carbohydrates. To burn off a 300 calorie slice of pizza, you need to run almost 3 miles (4.8 km)! Get to know the exercise to burn off one slice of cake.
Portions: Pizza is delicious, so we get greedy and eat more than our healthy portion sizes. Also, pizzas are getting larger. Each slice can itself be a meal. But most of us don’t stop at one slice!
So, to make pizza healthy, here are some healthy pizza recipe tips- use a whole wheat base, for the topping use a home made tomato sauce (not ketchup), add lots of veggies like sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, olives, baby spinach .. even pineapple is good (let your imagination run wild), use lean meats like chicken, low fat sausage, and top it off with some low fat cheese! With these changes, you could make a healthy low fat pizza. Using a whole wheat base, increases vitamin B and fiber content in your pizza.
To control calories and portions, use small thin crust pizza bases, so each pizza is a serving for one or two people.
If you make pizza the healthy way, you could turn pizza into a healthy muscle meal too!Author Information — this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo