Ever wonder what it’d be like if you could eat your favorite food that you knew was unhealthy… and still lose weight? Well, I wondered that myself. Then I went about seeing how I could lose weight by eating my favorite food (pizza) every day.
I have a lot of weight loss clients who have no discipline and just can’t eat healthy for more than a few days… even if I were to put a gun to their heads (Ok, not really… no gun involved).
So I have to develop out-of-the-box ways for them to lose weight. Anyway, here are the surprising results of my “Pizza a Day Weight Loss Experiment”.
Now, one of my favorite foods is the Mexican Style Totino’s frozen pizzas. The cost is 98 cents at Wal-Mart. So my plan was to eat 1 of these a day for 10 days.
Here’s how I did it:
I ate 3 scrambled eggs with a 1/2 can of black beans… and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Ok, with me so far? I’m not eating the pizza every meal. Only 2 meals… and I’m limiting myself to only 3 meals (which I normally don’t do).
This is a total of about 415 net calories. I’m not counting the carbs in fiber. The eggs were 210 calories, the black beans were 145 net calories, and the sour cream was 60 calories.
1/2 of the frozen Totino’s pizza with another 1/2 can of black beans, and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. 1/2 of the pizza equals 360 calories, 18 grams of fat, 36 grams of carbs, and 16 grams of protein. The 1/2 can of black beans has a net total of about 145 calories since I’m not counting the carbs in fiber. The sour cream again is 60 calories.
So this meal was 565 calories.
For dinner, I had the other half of the pizza, another 1/2 can of black beans, and another 2 tablespoons of sour cream. (Note: Can’t you tell that I love black beans! They’re high in protein and fiber without any sugar carbs! I consider them a superfood!) So this meal was another 565 calories.
So my totals… I had about 1545 true calories. 91 grams of protein, 40 grams of fiber, 65 grams of fat, and 142 net grams of carbs.
11 grams of sour cream
36 grams pizza
5 grams of black beans
13 grams eggs
18 grams eggs
3 grams sour cream
38 grams of black beans
32 grams pizza
Net Carb Totals:
63 grams of black beans
6 grams of sour cream
1 gram eggs
72 grams pizza
The only other thing I ate during these days was fruit for snacks… among the choices… apples, grapefruit, bananas, blueberries, and raspberries. I didn’t bother adding in those calories. I only drank water as well.
Now, the surprising results…
I didn’t know what to expect since frozen pizzas are definitely not healthy. I also was having a lot of carbs. Anyway, in the 10 days, I lost a total of 3 pounds. A success! It worked.
Since then, I’ve put some of my clients on slightly modified versions of this diet and about 80% of them were able to lose weight. So this gets my thumbs up if you want to lose weight… and if you only do it for a short period of time. Heck, it was really cheap too. Cost less than $2 a day. Woohoo.
So to be clear… you can eat “unhealthy” and still lose weight. I didn’t change anything with my exercise program. So the weight loss had nothing to do with exercising more.
Would I advise you to live off of this diet forever? Definitely not. But for 7-10 days, yes, it can help you to lose weight while eating tasty, unhealthy foods. Hmm, maybe I should develop an ice cream and potato chips weight loss diet! Nah, just kidding!
Bonus Tip: For a crazy diet like this to work, you need to pick foods that are high in protein and or fiber to base the diet on… or use high protein/fiber foods as add-ons in the diet. With this diet, the black beans were high in fiber and protein. The pizzas were “balanced”. Anyway, I actually have created a few more crazy diets like this for my clients based on different foods. The results for them were similar to the “Pizza a Day Weight Loss Experiment” results.
So don’t get set in your thinking on how to lose weight. There are many different ways.
If I were to give you a few more diets like this, do you think you could give 1 of them a try and prove or disprove them to yourself?