Does pizza make you fat? Here’s how to adapt it to your diet

Does pizza make you fat? Here’s how to adapt it to your diet

There are pizza lovers and there are those who love something else, for example desserts. I make a small confession: I am not among the first, but I know people who when they are on a diet the first thing they think is pizza. Will they be able to eat it anyway? For some it is a weekly appointment and, as I explain in other articles, the success of our diet both to lose weight and to stay in a good weight, is often linked to how sustainable the same diet is for us over time, and not too sacrificing. .
For example: pizza makes you fat. But that doesn’t mean we can’t eat it even if we’re on a diet.

Why does pizza make you fat?

Not for the food itself (i.e. the pizza food), but because a pizza dinner often includes not only the pizza but also an appetizer, a dessert, the drink.
And since pizza is a practically complete and calorically important meal, it is one thing to eat only that one, another is to consider it only “part” of our dinner. Another problem for which pizza generally makes you fat is the topping.

It is one thing to focus on a simple pizza, a margherita, another is to think of pizza as a dish that we can stuff as we want: with fatty cheeses, pickles, cold cuts, even fries. In that case, the calories of the pizza go up from about 1000 in a margherita to 1600 or 1700 calories.

Let’s add the antipastino or the sweet or the beer. It is easy to exceed two thousand calories in a single meal. How much practically our daily requirement.

And if we want to lose weight, that trick costs us the sacrifices of a week.

Finally, if calories are one problem, macronutrients are the other, often unbalanced: those who eat a well-seasoned pizza, even too much, with some frittini for starters, end up taking an exaggerated amount of carbohydrates and fats all together.

This drawback is overcome by choosing a wholemeal sourdough dough, avoiding appetizers or desserts and remembering, if we eat pizza in the evening, to limit ourselves to an essentially protein breakfast and lunch: a Greek yogurt in the morning, meat or fish lean for lunch with a side of salad or sautéed vegetables.


For pizza lovers, let’s see how to eat it without gaining weight , with the advice of Dr. Sara Farnetti , doctor and nutritionist.

  1. In addition to the base (tomato and mozzarella base), the pizza can include at most one other vegetable (zucchini, aubergines, courgette flowers, mushrooms): avoid mixes in order not to increase the glycemic load of the meal. For example by adding corn, chips, pineapple, etc.
  2. If you really want an appetizer, better protein: ham or fish carpaccio. No bruschetta or, worse, fried.
  3. The best choice is always the margherita (1000-1200 calories for a dough of 280 grams. The writer here recommends instead the marinara, that is without mozzarella, with the addition of bresaola and rocket or fresh mushrooms: about 900 calories)
  4. No dessert or fruit at the end of the meal. 

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