The Italian pizza has got an important role in the Mediterranean Diet, and although its main ingredients have a high percentage of carbohydrates, it will help you to control your weight and maintain a balanced diet.
That is an added bonus to the fact that pizza is generally delicious and easy to make! You can find it almost whichever country you are in. It is great for sharing while catching up with friends and playing, or for a relaxed meal during a movie with family. If you do it right, it needn’t interfere with your weight loss goals.
Anyway, you should carefully choose the type of pizza if you want to achieve such a diet. Pizza contains cereals in its flour; they help to fill your stomach and won’t make you feel hungry, since they are immediately absorbed by the human body.
Calories in pizza differ greatly, and they are up to the quantity and quality of the toppings used. This means that if you are going for a balanced diet to lose weight, you should avoid “rich” pizzas such as Pizza Capricciosa, sausage and salami pizza, or similar.
The best choice would be a classic Pizza Margherita, or white pizzas with anchovies and vegetables.
They taste just as good, but they contain less calories, and when you eat your pizza you should not eat anything more like fruit or vegetables: don’t order potatoes together with your pizza nor any other aliment, and do not drink sodas or beers.
In fact, those kinds of beverages would react with the leavening powder contained in the pizza’s dough, inflating the flour even more and making the carbohydrates’ digestion more difficult. A correct diet requires that you don’t eat more than one pizza per week: as everything, it won’t hurt, when in moderation.
If you will follow those simple rules you will see how you will be able to enjoy a tasty pizza without hurting your health. Another important point is not to eat pizza together with bread or pasta, since they are carbohydrates as well.
Pizza should be consumed hot, in order to preserve the original taste and to better give you that filling sensation. In fact, if you are going to keep pizza in the fridge, it will lose its appeal so you will look for other food as well, while the calories are the same, leading to an unhealthier diet.
It is also important to eat it hot because you will consume all of the vitamins contained in a genuine pizza.
When you eat pizza, don’t forget to do some exercise: this will help you to burn those calories faster. Make a precise food plan and follow it everyday: and don’t forget to include your weekly pizza in the schedule!