I am one week away from competing at the world fitness modeling championships in Vegas. This is my 4th time competing and I must say that my body is changing less quickly this time than others. I think the two biggest factors for this have been 14 days of traveling (ate well but didn’t exercise much), and the fact that I sit in front of a computer about 10 hours per day, instead of two years ago when I was training people in the gym 40 plus hours a week.
I have mentioned before that I don’t think getting my bodyfat to 4% is the healthiest thing to do, and then people start asking why do I do it.
They ask me if it is for the money. NO!! I have to pay about $1000 to compete, more than my 7 day fitness cruise costs. Is it for exposure? NO! I have no desire to be a model.
Basically it is the same reason why people do Ironman or marathons. It is the desire to push the body past what most people believe to be limits. It is the discipline that is formed with a strict eating regime and exercise program. It is the camaraderie of meeting over 400 other competitors from all over the world and sharing stories and cheering each other on. It is the feeling of being on stage knowing that for the past 7 weeks I have worked so hard and sacrificed a lot to get to that point. It is the feeling of the muscles being so hard and the skin (fat) so thin that it feels like a bullet could be shot into your abs and it would just bounce off. It is the feeling of accomplishing a goal.
So what have I been eating? I hesitate to share this because this isn’t quite how I would eat normally, but it is much better than most people eat. I estimate I am eating about 1800 calories which is almost half of what I normally eat in a day. Yes I have certainly lost some muscle in the process. Normally I would eat a little more carbs in the form of whole grains and fruits.
For a woman I recommend about 1500 calories for someone to lose weight, but it really depends on body types and activity level.
Breakfast: 4 whole organic eggs, 1 cups of chopped green and red peppers, 1 tomato
Snack: 1 Tbs of organic natural peanut butter with an apple
Lunch: 1 can of Progresso light chicken dumpling soup (220 cals)
Snack: 1 Chocolate Prograde Craver Bar, handful of raw cashews
Snack: Two big handfuls of organic spinach, shredded carrots and purple cabbage, hot peppers, and olive oil and vinegar dressing
Dinner: Spaghetti w/out noodles: extra lean turkey, sauteed green and red peppers and onions, organic spaghetti sauce, little Parmesan cheese
Snack: 15 almonds
I probably only drank 3/4 gallon of water which wasn’t nearly enough since I worked out very intense 2X that day and sweated a lot. I also took my Vitamin and my Omega 3 Krill Oil. Normally I will have 1-2 protein drinks, but for whatever reason I didn’t have any on this day.
So there you have it. A good amount of protein and fat, without much carbs. Dinner was amazing! Seriously, there is no need to be eating noodles. I didn’t even miss them one bit.
The best part about this eating, is that it incorporates so much vegetables, and avoids nearly all processed foods. The body feels so much cleaner and happier on this type of eating. No bloating, less energy crashes, and far less cravings for junk.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a typical day of eating for me the past 6 weeks.