If you are a fitness model, and you have an upcoming IFBB bikni contest that your are prepping for, then you are probably under a lot of pressure to cut weight. The fun part of the year was bulking and adding muscle, but now you're in the cutting season and you're looking to shed fat for the stage. But a girl can't live on protein shakes and oatmeal alone. You need to eat regular food to keep your sanity, as well as make sure your metabolism doesn't crash (one of the great reasons for a cheat meal). However, many women think that pizza is simply a no-go in the cutting season. That's not exactly true. There are ways to order so that you stay on your diet. So, if your friends are over and they are ordering from a pizza delivery place, here are a few things to consider getting.
Eggplant (or Chicken) Parm Without Bread
Eggplant is low in calories, but high in fiber, so it's filling. The cheese has calories, this is true, but it also provides you with a really good source of protein. And that's important when your cutting. You want to make sure you keep your protein levels high so you maintain as much toned muscle as possible and only shed fat. It's also a perfect meal for a vegetarian. However, if you don't mind eating chicken, you might want to get chicken parm since it has even more protein than the eggplant version.
Just make sure that you skip the bread that is served with the dishes in most pizza places.
Grilled Chicken Salad With No Dressing
Salad and chicken is perfect for a cutting diet. You've got the healthy type of carbs (vegetables) that are full of fiber and are slow digesting , which won't spike your insulin levels like regular breads. Plus, the chicken is a great source of protein. The one thing to watch out for is the dressing. Make it very clear that you don't want any dressing on the salad. The dressing, no matter if it's creamy Italian or Ranch, can add hundreds of calories onto a dish depending on how much is used.
What you can do is add some balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper. This won't add many calories and will enhance the flavor.
One Slice With Lots Of Toppings
Pizza is not completely taboo for people who are cutting weight. In fact, as mentioned earlier, a cheat meal is actually advisable. And what better cheat meal than pizza? But choose wisely. Don't just have a couple of slices. What you should do is minimize the amount of bred (calorie dense and little protein) and maximize the toppings. So, get a slice with your favorite toppings. For added protein, things like sausage and pepperoni are great. If you aren't into eating meat, then you can load up on peppers, onions, eggplant, black olives, or anything else on the menu. The vegetables won't add many calories, and they will make that single slice more satiating.
Check out places like Chuck's Pizza for next dinner out.