Pizza for weight loss? Seriously? Florida pizzeria owner Matt McClellan recently completed a 1,300-mile bike ride from Florida to New York City to promote pizza as “health food.” During his month-long journey, he averaged 90 miles a day and stopped every three hours to eat a slice of pizza. According to the NY Daily News article, “McClellan, 34, claims his diet, which consists of just pizza, can help anyone lose weight as long as they pile fruits, vegetables and lean meats on their slices.” Hmmm. Really? So there are no calories, sodium or fat in the crust? How about the cheese? Or the sauce? I think he lost a few brain cells along the way. I’m pretty sure there’s no doctor or dietitian who would honestly suggest that pizza is “healthy.”
It’s one thing to exercise enough to burn off the calories contained in a slice or two of pizza, but it’s another thing to say that pizza is “healthy.” Sure, I can go on a month-long bike ride and burn off a few thousand calories, but during that ride if I wolf down nothing but Twinkies and Ho-Ho’s, is that “healthy” too? Umm, no.
I guess it’s still an interesting idea. Now I’m heading off to ride the stationary trainer while I watch Stage 3 of the Tour. Cobblestones! I heard it was another brutal day.
Today’s food journal:
— Organic LF yogurt with granola = 450 cal.
— PB&J on whole wheat = 398
— 1 cup red grapes = 60
— Diet Coke = 0
— Quesadilla with black beans and chicken = 474 (est.)
— Iced tea = 0
— 1/2 cup trail mix (afternoon snack) = 400
— Skinny Cow ice cream cup (2) = 240
— 1 hour on stationary trainer (11 mph average) = 357 cal. burned
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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