Want to ditch those fat rolls and get your body in Spring Break shape within the next two months? Well, I’m not saying that all you need to do in order to shed those pounds is starting eating a whole pizza every day, but this NYC pizza chef managed to lose 100-pounds in just one year by doing exactly that…So it might not be the worst idea if you’re looking for an outrageous diet.
Pasquale Cozzolino, 38, of Naples, Italy is a pizza chef at NYC’s PizzArte. Which coincidentally is one of only a handful of gourmet pizza shops in NYC that I never ate at before moving back to Florida. Chef Cozzolino got with the New York Post to discuss how he dropped 12 sizes on his waistline and went from weighing 370-pounds to 276-pounds in just one year, all by eating one whole pizza every day for lunch:
He’d never dieted before, but he was intent on getting his old body back. He calculated his BMI and figured that if he dipped below 2,700 calories a day, he could start losing weight. (A man in his 30s of more moderate height would need to consume 1,800 to 2,200 calories a day to lose weight, advises nutritionist/dietitian Amy Shapiro, and for women it’d be 1,400 to 1,800 calories.)
Cozzolino cut out sweets and soda entirely, started eating half of his usual portions, focused on a Mediterranean diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables — and looked to his restaurant’s menu.
For lunch nearly every day, he eats an entire pizza margherita. While that might not seem like diet-friendly fare, Cozzolino explains that his Neapolitan-style pies are not your typical New York slices. The dough is made from just water, flour, yeast and salt — no butter or lard — and the toppings are light — fresh tomato sauce, a thin layer of mozzarella cheese and basil. Plus his dough ferments for 36 hours, a process that eats away much of the natural sugars and leaves healthier complex carbs, which are easier to digest and help keep you feeling full.
“It lets you feel satisfied, and because it’s only 540 to 570 calories, it’s a perfect and fast solution for a lunch or dinner,” says Cozzolino, who’s supplemented the diet with kickboxing classes two or three times a week near his home in Long Island City, Queens.
This all took place after the native Italian chef ballooned from 254 pounds, the weight he arrived to America at, to an astounding 370-pounds. He’s 6-foot-6-inches tall, so he certainly has the frame to support 250-pounds, but after reaching 370-pounds his doctor told him that if he didn’t make a change quick he was in serious risk of a heart attack. That’s when he pioneered the pizza diet that helped him lose nearly 100-pounds in 365 days.
Kickboxing classes + pizza for lunch every day. That kind of sounds like a diet I can 100% get on board with. In fact, I think I could ditch the kickboxing classes and supplement the pizza with a daily dose of meth, and maybe I’ll just write a new dieting book myself. ‘How I lost 100 Pounds Smoking Meth And Eating Pizza Every Day’. You bros would read that, wouldn’t you?
Anyways, if you want to step up your pizza game then check this out: