New pizzas promise you can still keep the pounds off, but without the cravings.
Rizap, a Japanese company promoting nutrition and exercise through personally tailored training and diet regimens, has quickly become one of the fastest-growing fitness brands in Japan.
Now the brand is looking to turn one of everyone’s favorite guilty pleasures, pizza, into a healthier meal by releasing three different pies with reduced sugar courtesy of a partnership with international pizza chain Pizza Hut.
▼ It’s the collaboration dreams are made of.
If you’re fortunate enough to live near the six participating store locations around the Kanto area (Ebisu, Kanda, Otakibashi, Higashi Ginza, Chiba, and Urayasu), these healthier pizza options, which include “thick-cut bacon and grilled vegetables”, “savory bulgogi”, and “teriyaki egg”, are only a phone call away, and come baked fresh in a “small” personal pan size. As a bonus, those in Japan who often lament how expensive delivery pizza can be will be happy to know that each one will only set you back 1,000 yen (US$9.99).
Though none of us at RocketNews24 are exactly ready to “commit to the result” as part of Rizap’s training program motto, we’re always down when it comes to committing to some pizza, or “commit to deliciousness”, like it says on the box. And so one of our Japanese writers immediately took advantage of Pizza Hut’s special “buy two, get one half off” takeout deal — and he was pleasantly surprised upon digging in.
Reportedly, each pie’s crust was light and crispy like you’d expect from a diet pizza, but was still chock-full of volume and flavor. Here’s the “savory bulgogi” pie, which makes use of Pizza Hut Japan’s most popular topping, Korean-style bulgogi marinated beef.
Following that, our writer opened up the “thick-cut bacon and grilled vegetable” pizza, which contained six different vegetables, and tasted like something your average Japanese mom might whip up for a house party.
Last, but not least, he helped himself to the “teriyaki egg” pizza, which had a great, rich taste with every bite. “If only I could go back in time to when I was starving myself on a tasteless, bean diet, and give myself one of these,” our reporter exclaimed.
As far as health benefits go, each pizza is made with 50 percent less sugar than Pizza Hut’s regular “chewy, hand-tossed crust”, and overall they contain less than 30 grams of sugar per pie, compared with the 55.2 grams you’d get from a regular meal.
The only bad thing is that, much like after that first slice hits your mouth, these pizzas won’t last long. Starting from this week, they’ll only be around until October 23.
If you’re trying to trim your waist down before the end-of-the-year holidays get underway, we can’t think of a more delicious option.