Pizza for breakfast? And lose weight?
Surely, we can't be talking about the same thing... can we?
And pizza can't be healthier than cereal... Can it?
If you've been a fan of breakfast cereal and think it's a healthier option, keep reading. We got some surprising news for you that might make you change your mind.
And it might show how another favorite treat could be better for you.
They're Both Loaded With Carbs, What's The Difference?
First, let's talk a little bit about pizza and cereal.
We're not talking about the cheap, microwave pizza you can get out of the grocery store. We're talking about fresh pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, and vegetables.
And for cereals, we're not talking about the cheap, sugar-laden cereals aimed at kids. Instead, we're going to compare the little bit healthier ones, the ones that focus on whole grains and high fiber.
Just about any food is better than cheap, microwave pizza or cheap, sugary cereals.
Both pizza and cereal have lots of carbs. And, most people eat at least double the recommended serving size.
Did you know that for pizza, one slice of an 8-inch pie is a single serving?
How about that most cereals are ¾ (or less) of a cup?
They're ridiculously sized and most people consume much, much more.
That means you're getting in lots of carbs - between 30 and 50 grams of carbs. Unfortunately, that's half to almost a full day's worth of carbs in one meal. If you exercise that day, it might be okay to get that amount.
Most of the time, both the pizza and the cereal are made with refined wheat, stripped of most of its fiber and vitamins and minerals. The same additives are put into both, so you're not really getting anything extra from cereal, despite the fancy marketing.
The big difference between pizza and cereal isn't the carbs or the fiber. They're actually pretty comparable. Even though when it comes to vitamins and minerals, they're fairly similar.
What makes a big difference is what you add to it.
Most people just add milk to their cereal. And no, milk doesn't add a whole lot of nutrition either.
Pizza has tomato sauce, vegetables, and cheese. While the cheese doesn't provide much more than a token amount of protein and fat, similar to what you added with the milk on your cereal, you can add even more vegetables to pizza. Adding in the peppers, mushrooms, onions, olives, and any other vegetable only increases the nutrition of your pizza.
This is how pizza nudges out cereal for being healthier.
How Fats, Protein, and Carbs Work For Your Weight Loss
Fat, protein, and carbs all play into how you gain and lose weight. As most research shows, a diet low in carbohydrates and rich in vegetables provides lasting weight loss and disease prevention. That's one of the other reasons why pizza beats cereal.
Most cereals are very low in protein and fats, while being mostly carbs. And even though pizza has a high amount of carbs, it also has higher amounts of fat and protein from the cheese, sauce, and vegetables.
How This Works In Your Body
Carbohydrates are our primary energy source, but they're not the only energy source. When your body needs fuel, it first burns up the free sugars in your blood, namely glucose, before turning to the stored sugars in your muscles called glycogen. When those are used up, your body switches over to using fat to produce ketones that are used for energy.
Using fats to produce ketones is the basis of the keto diet.
If you eat a breakfast full of carbohydrates, your body will use those carbohydrates before anything else for energy. Only after they are all used up will you begin to tap into some of your stored resources. And only by tapping into those stored resources can you lose weight.
What's The Best Breakfast?
To be perfectly honest, neither pizza nor cereal is the healthiest breakfast. Turning more towards protein and fat for breakfast lets you have the most amount of energy and weight loss.
What has the research found? Eggs.
Eggs do miraculous things in the body for all different types of people. They can help people with high cholesterol lower their cholesterol, help people with blood sugar problems get their blood sugars under control, and help you feel full in the morning if you're trying to lose weight.
And it doesn't matter how you cook your eggs: fried, boiled, poached, baked, or whatever. Despite the bad press eggs got for a number of years, research shows that eggs are healthy.
If you're in a pinch, grabbing cereal or a piece of pizza occasionally is not going to hurt you. But, if you do it every day, it could cause you to gain weight. Sticking to a higher protein and fat breakfast can help you lose weight and feel good.