What I Have Been Eating To Lose 15 lbs in 6 Weeks

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.

The start of dinner

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

This Dinner was AMAZING!

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.


  1. I love spaghetti but I use green beans for noodles. There is nothing like green beans w/sauce. Steamed broccoli is also great. (don’t forget the sauce)
    Any good boot camps headed to the Burlington area? I am trying to facebook chat the fat to see if I can find some local people that want to get together and work out or plan to do a 5K together.

    • Lynn,

      I am not planning on adding any in the burlington area, but it might be a good opportunity for you to start a Fit Moms For Life group in your town. We now have 5 started and they are going great. Just email me if you want to start one.


  2. How many competitors go about this healthy vs. eating disorder? It seems like it would be easy to cross over.

    • Bridget,

      I don’t know the competitors very well, but some definitely have issues, but I think the more common problem is body dysmorphia issues. Because being around women who all have 10% body fat, and guys who are all under 5%, you start to believe that is what you NEED to look like year round. Becoming critical of ones body is definitely a concern.


  3. I love to use spagetti squash instead of pasta.

  4. How about speghetti squash as noodles? Great source of fibrous carbs especially for later in the day when its time to cut out the complex carbs

  5. I like pasta sauce without pasta too – it’s a great way to make dinner for the whole family (with whole what pasta for the kids – and in my case,the husband!) while accomodating one person’s diet.

  6. How about spaghetti squash for noodles? virtually no cals, great fiber source therefore fibrous carbs. I’m sure under that kind of stress to lose weight you are losing some lean mass ( sure you know that) therefore less muscle = slower metabolism = less fat loss. Good luck @ the competition

  7. Kathleen Larsen says

    Thanks for sharing Dustin! And for noting that this is not typical of your everyday diet. I think people need to understand that this is not something to keep up 24/7, but for this time being it works well! I may try some of these meals myself!
    I also wanted to add that the cleaner I eat, the less sleep I need. And that works wonders when time is minimal in all of our busy lives!

  8. This would be something I have been eating for years. I use to go to an Italian restaurant that the owner would make this for me. I have to watch the carbs in my food. We sometimes eat late like tonight and I sauteed up some sliced mushrooms and onions w/ garlic powder and put the sauce on top. Oh so good. I use 8 oz. of mushrooms per serving. I can go to bed without getting heartburn. I don’t feel stuffed.


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