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Are you satisfied with two pieces of pizza?

fastfoodietofitcutiefastfoodietofitcutie Posts: 473Member Member Posts: 473Member Member
I’m really struggling with portion sizes. I have a really hard time just eating two pieces of pizza, 5 tortilla chips, 1/2 cup of ice cream, etc.. Granted this is all “junk” food but I am not ready to eliminate foods I like completely so I’m trying to fit them into my calorie allowance. Sometimes I’ll have enough calories to double a serving but for things like pizza, if I ate 4 slices it would wipe out my day.

So far I’m doing pretty good and staying within my calories but it’s becoming physically and emotionally painful to not eat more. It’s not that I’m hungry, I just want it. And no, I don’t want to make healthier versions of these foods.
edited February 10


  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 1,933Member Member Posts: 1,933Member Member
    Yes, I'm actually typically ok with one slice of pizza and a cookie (the place I normally get pizza at also has very good cookies). Two slices would be more than enough. Sometimes I have a cider as well, but more often than not I don't.
    edited February 10
  • deannalfisherdeannalfisher Posts: 4,858Member, Premium Member Posts: 4,858Member, Premium Member
    If it’s good pizza yes but if it’s cheap pizza no
  • Andy97886Andy97886 Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    If you haven't already make sure you're adding volume to your pizza, I and others find what works is adding a lot of veggies and protein to your pizza as cheese by it self barely has enough protein on its own. So for me i would add mushrooms, baby spinach, banana peppers and chicken to my pizza instead of just eating a plain cheese pizza
  • IdontcareyoupickIdontcareyoupick Posts: 874Member Member Posts: 874Member Member
    Not always satisfied with the portions I can have. Either try to bulk up with veggies on the side or sometimes just won't eat it since I can't eat what I want. Unfortunately, to stay healthy and keep the weight down that is the new normal and have to adjust
  • seltzermint555seltzermint555 Posts: 8,884Member Member Posts: 8,884Member Member
    It depends on the pizza. If it's an original or thicker crust and has meat on it, I'm satisfied with 2 slices. My husband likes to make/order thin crust veggie pizza most of the time and I'm satisified with 3, sometimes 4 slices of that.

    For any "heavier" or junk food type item I try to incorporate it into my day by having lighter or smaller meals to allow for it. I would much rather have eggs and fruit for breakfast, veggie-heavy light lunch, and then go all out with a big burger and onion rings, than be the person ordering a bunless grilled chicken and salad.
  • try2againtry2again Posts: 3,265Member Member Posts: 3,265Member Member
    I'm not trying to encourage finding ways to gorge yourself, but you might want to look at how aggressive your weekly weight loss goal is. Many set it for 2 lbs a week when that is really only for those who are very obese. Changing to 1 lb/week will likely give a person more calories to work with and make the entire process more sustainable.

  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 4,853Member Member Posts: 4,853Member Member
    Yeah, one or two is usually enough for me. But then I'm short and need fewer calories (5'3" and on 1340 to lose 1/2lb per week). Even at my heaviest, I rarely had more than two slices, though I'd often have more sides and/or dessert to round off the meal.
  • kenthepainter2kenthepainter2 Posts: 22Member Member Posts: 22Member Member
    I love pizza but it has way too many calories, I avoid it because I cant eat just 2 slices/ 500 cal or so.
  • kami3006kami3006 Posts: 4,845Member, Greeter, Premium Member Posts: 4,845Member, Greeter, Premium Member
    For me two are fine. The place we get ours from is 280 calories per 121g serving. Two pieces usually come to 1.8 servings for me. So, 504 calories. I'm usually full with that and it fits fine into my regularly daily goal.

    If it's a really good pizza from an Italian restaurant, then I usually am good with two but, of course, the calories are higher. I follow a weekly calorie goal so it's no issue to balance it out over the week if I need to.

    For other things, I don't go with serving sizes on the packages. I take what I want based on the calories I have available. Usually 28g of chips are fine as a side, but if it's part of an entree (like nachos) then it's usually 1.5 servings or so. Other stuff, like ice cream, I have 1.25-1.75 servings.

    Most of the stuff just became the new norm and not an issue. For more calorie dense foods/meals, the weekly goal helped a ton.

    ETA: I'm also a small female. Bigger folk, especially men, will want/need more. No way my husband would be okay with just two, but then he has twice my calorie allowance.
    edited February 10
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,243Member Member Posts: 1,243Member Member
    Not really. Most days I can go almost the entire day with little to no food, so if I know I'm having pizza that night I make room. Depending on the pizza, 3-5 slices for me.
  • LounmounLounmoun Posts: 8,426Member Member Posts: 8,426Member Member
    I usually pair the 2 pieces of pizza with a low calorie salad.
    A smaller amount of pretzels or popcorn is more satisfying than chips to me.
    I'm not a big dessert eater but if I take my time and really savor a small dish of ice cream or a cookie it is more satisfying. I hold the food in my mouth for a bit and really try to notice the flavor and texture.
    A smaller amount of dark chocolate is more satisfying to me.

    There are lower calorie versions of products to try or make your own.

    Try making this cheesecake for a dessert->
  • Sabine_StroehmSabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,257Member, Premium Member Posts: 19,257Member, Premium Member
    Nope. Not for pizza. I'd rather make a lower calorie one.
  • Duck_PuddleDuck_Puddle Posts: 2,432Member Member Posts: 2,432Member Member
    No. I am not satisfied by 1-2 slices of pizza, 1/2 cup ice cream, etc (although the ice cream might be close). As such, I can’t fit these things into a normal day because in order to stay in my calories; I’m still hungry-or to not be hungry, I’m over my calories.

    I save some calories from most days and have one day where I’m over my goal (but within my weekly goal). That allows me to actually “fit in” calorie-dense foods in portions that I find satisfying or in addition to foods that will help me be full.

  • zeejane03zeejane03 Posts: 993Member Member Posts: 993Member Member
    I just had two slices of pizza for lunch (Little Caesers). Paired it with one bread stick and a can of diet Coke and called it good lol. Husband and the kids just came back from a retreat so it was a quick and easy lunch :)
  • ouryveouryve Posts: 540Member Member Posts: 540Member Member
    Depends on the size of the pizza but I can quite happily eat about 500kcal worth of pizza, with salad on the side. Or I could if cheese didn't do unspeakable things to me, at the moment. Sigh.
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