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Eating Pizza to Lose Weight

Now that we’ve got your attention. We’re not talking about some crazy pizza diet, just some common sense solutions for pizza lovers everywhere.

If you love pizza but are trying to lose weight here’s some good news: losing weight while eating pizza is absolutely possible.

3 simple strategies for keeping pizza on your plate while losing weight:

1.      Veggies, veggies, veggies: Ordering a pizza loaded with veggies instead of the higher-calorie toppings is a good move. Vegetables have less fat and calories than pepperoni, bacon, or ham so they can help keep you on track.

2.      Thin is In: Thin crust pizza is a wonderfully delicious option for a lower carb/lower calorie pizza. Experiment with different toppings until you find a combination that works well with the thinner crust. You may be surprised to find that thin crust quickly becomes your favorite!

3.       Light on the Cheese Please: Once you have your thin crust pizza and it’s topped with flavorful vegetables, going a little lighter on the cheese is easy. Just ask. Most pizzerias already have a “button for that”. If you say “Light Cheese” when ordering, your pizza with still taste delish – and your scale will still be kind to you tomorrow.

If you’ve lived your entire life eating pizza with bacon, pepperoni and ham experimenting with new toppings might actually be fun! Here are some of our favorites to get you started!

For a tangy treat try: Feta Cheese, Yellow Peppers and Green Olives

For mushroom lovers: Just double mushrooms and no pizza sauce at all.

For traditionalists: Onion, Green Pepper, Mushrooms and Black Olives

For when you’re feeling Greek-y: Spinach, Feta, Onion, and Olives

Give these a try and then experiment with your own flavor combinations!

At the end of the day, a slice of pizza is normally around 300 calories. So you can have pizza as part of your normal diet. Maybe not for every single meal like most of us hard core pizza lovers would like, but you don’t have to give up pizza entirely in order to lose weight.