Over the next few weeks, my plan is to drop about 5-7 lbs. This becomes more difficult when you reach the set point for your body…the weight where it is comfortable. After doing three shows, I realize how hard it can be to maintain a certain level of leanness and still perform well. You have to work your butt off and you have to be on point with the diet. One cannot work without the other. During my first figure competition, I followed a plan very close to the Paleo Diet and I was the leanest I have ever been in my life. Paleo followers believe that we should eat as our ancestors did…fruit, veggies, meat, nuts, and fats. They encourage people to stay away from grains and dairy products. They limit potatoes, yams, and cassavas.
I am going to try a variation of this diet. I am not eliminating sweet potatoes or quinoa. (Quinoa is not a grain…it is a plant used as a grain). I am also eating Ezekial Bread a couple of times a week. I don’t like to be too restrictive unless I am preparing for a show. I need variety. Also, if I don’t change my diet now, it will be harder to shock it when I start competing again next year. I am cutting out the dairy but will still eat eggs. (Sorry…I just can’t give them up). My fats will come from Coconut Oil, Almonds, Almond Butter and the meat that I eat. I’ll stick with lean meats such as fish, chicken, turkey, and lean beef. I also can’t give up my protein powder!
Here are some foods that I am eating this week:
- Chicken Breast
- Almond Milk (Unsweetened)
- Dymatize Elite XT Protein Powder
- Coconut Oil
- Sweet Potatoes
- Zucchini and Yellow Squash