Hear how NY chef Pasquale Cozzolino lost 100 pounds by eating pizza

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When we first heard about Chef Pasquale Cozzolino’s pizza diet, we thought it might be too good to be true.

But now the Naples-born, New York-based chef – whose restaurant, Ribalta, specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza – has taken the time to show PEOPLE how eating pizza every single day helped him lose almost 100 lbs. in five months. And well, it makes a lot of sense.

Cozzolino explains that, because of the ingredients he uses, a whole pie at Ribalta is only about 570 calories, which makes it a filling and relatively healthy meal substitute.

The chef says he wanted to lose the weight so he could hold his second child. “I had a second baby coming, and with the first one, I had a problem to handle him, because my knees, my back. I was very, very big.”

Watch him explain – and do some nifty dough twirling – in the video above.