With first the taco cleanse and now the pizza diet, this is shaping up to be a surprising year in health trends.
Chef Pasquale Cozzolino appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to discuss how he lost 101 pounds since last summer while eating pizza every day.
The 6-foot-6 Cozzolino said his weight increased to more than 370 pounds after he moved from Italy to the United States four years ago and started bingeing on junk food, soda and fried foods. He had trouble playing with his son, and his doctor said he was at risk for a heart attack.
That’s when Cozzolino decided to implement the most Italian diet plan of all time. But he wasn’t exactly chowing down on stuffed cheesy crusts every day. He made his own pizza dough using only flour, water, sea salt and yeast and topped the pie with tomato sauce, basil and fresh mozzarella. Each pizza has fewer than 600 calories.
And Cozzolino combined it with other health eating habits -- multigrain cereal with fruit for breakfast and dinners consisting of things like seafood, salads and wine. He also started taking kickboxing classes, according to the New York Post.
“Do not take the diet pills, the magic powders etc. Fresh food is your medicine,” he told the Metro.
But what about his previous junk food addiction?
“When you eat a pizza, you don’t need anything else,” he told The Post.