Pizza on a diet is not always recommended, but if you cannot do without it, then you must choose light doughs and toppings that keep calories at bay without sacrificing taste
Pizza and diet are not always a positive combination, it often happens that this delicious dish, a symbol of Italian cuisine, is banned from a dietary nutritional plan to lose weight in a short time.
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This is of course not a fixed rule, it happens that in some diets pizza is included once a week, other times every two. In general, the choice of whether or not to include pizza in a diet is also connected to how many kilos you want to lose, and above all to any diseases and pathologies from which you suffer.
In case the nutritionist or dietician allows you to eat pizza while dieting, the problem usually becomes: Which one to choose? What is the least caloric topping even for a gourmet pizza? In short, what are the recommended pizzas for a diet? Here are some tips.
Diet pizza: choosing the dough
One of the characteristics of pizza is just the dough, fragrant, soft or crispy, giving it up is really difficult. But which dough to choose when dieting?
During a low-calorie diet and low carbohydrate or low glycemic load you should choose special doughs such as:
Pizza with 5 grain dough
Whole wheat dough
Dough with spelt flour, kamut flour etc…
Today many pizzerias have chosen to offer pizzas with these doughs which are lighter and less caloric than the normal base made of refined white flour.
In case there are no pizzerias in the vicinity that offer these varieties, the suggestion to avoid an excess of calories is to choose a pizza with a dough leavened at least 24/48 hours and with natural yeast because chemical yeast does not increase calories, but it makes pizza less digestible and risks causing stomach swelling and other problems not properly accepted during a diet.
Moreover, in order to better digest pizza when dieting, the dough should not only be leavened but also well cooked: uncooked or raw pizza dough tends to give stomach acidity problems, after having eaten it.
Dough is important, but you must pay much more attention to toppings!
Choosing the least caloric pizza: what are the best toppings
To avoid the calories of a pizza (a capricciosa has about 320 calories per 100 gr) you must choose light toppings that can lower the calories of a classic pizza. You should know that a traditional pizza weighs at least between 300 and 400 grams, so in itself this is very caloric!
Among the recommended pizzas for dieters are:
The classic margherita, this has 270 calories per 100 grams, and is generally the most recommended on a diet.
Pizza with grilled vegetables and mushrooms, about 300 calories per 100 grams, ideal to be able to integrate vegetables within the dinner.
Pizza only tomato, basil and a drop of oil (without mozzarella) those who can not eat cheese during the diet can choose to eat the same pizza. This for example, has only 220 calories per 100 gr.
Pizza tomato and vegetables (without mozzarella), in this case the pizza has 240 calories per 100 gr.
These are just a few examples of the pizzas on a diet that can be eaten, in general it is advisable to avoid instead particular pizzas and rich in condiments or ingredients, such as salami (if you just can not resist, better to opt for lean meats), aged cheeses, cream, meat and other condiments excessively fat and drop