Thanks, Bobby D! Wow. That was a very nice thing to say!
Okay, Miss E., did email me and she let me know that she is considering competition (fitness/figure), at least that's what I understood her saying. She gave me a better idea of what she was eating per day.
'My diet usually consist of the following:
I have half serving of oats (1/4c) and 2 egg whites in the morning
ProM3 protein shake about mid morning
4oz turkey breast, tuna or salmon for lunch
another shake in the afternoon
eggs, tuna, or something like that about 1 hour prior to working out
protein shake after workout
4oz turkey breast, tuna or salmon at night"
I'm thinking this exchange might be helpful for someone else, so I'll post some of it (thanks, to MOD for making me realize this). ---- Okay you say you "haven't done this before" - which I'm thinking means "competition"? Correct? And you want to use Figure/Fitness as a jumpstart. If thats the case, I'll tell you this: at 5'3" and 114lbs with 14% BF, right now, you need to GAIN some bodyweight. If you were to lean down to 10% w/out gaining weight - you'd be too "small" for even a Fitness show. And one more thing: by leaning down further, you would be too "cut" and look to "muscular". For either Fitness or Figure. By losing that 4% of BF on your frame, that's a large amount of weight - it'll make a big difference. My question then is: what contest are you planning on entering? When is it? How much time do you have to prepare? Why does you fiance have you on low-carb diet NOW? You can attribute your "almost passing out" to the fact that you're carbs are low to nil and so is your caloric intake.
If you want to compete - first thing to do is check out local contests. You'll notice that Fitness/figure competitors do not need to get down to even (below) 8%BF for contests. 10% is fine in alot of cases. That type of competition desires a "healthier" BF content than bodybuilding.
Second, you say you want to gain more definition in the legs. I don't know what type of EDT [she let me know she was beginning EDT] leg training you're doing, but I can tell you that from your diet now, you're going to have some difficulty achieving your goal. I would add some carbs to your diet, and not just for the weekend. And why is it that you don't eat "wheat based" foods? Pick up your calories. You ain't gonna get fat. As a matter of fact, you'll probably see a increase of energy, along with some increase of muscle size. Which will increase your resting metabolic rate, which will mean that your body will be using your consumed calories more efficiently.
Which means that when you're ready to compete all you have to do is slightly increase your activity level, play around with your carb intake only a bit and you will be amazed how easy it will be to drop 2-3% of BF. I diet for BB contests for only 8-weeks. And I get down to 6% - easy. Naturally. Most fitness chicks stay at 11-12% year round (well, I have seen some at a higher BF% between shows), and all that has to be done then for them to get contest ready, is work on their routines. And maybe pick up the level of their training. That's it.
Okay, so, as you can see: diet is key. As I had said, you need to consider increasing your calories and carbs. And MD6 [she is taking MD6 now] is good for that last little bit of "stubborn" fat - I wouldn't use it til you are deeply rooted into pre-contest. Like 2-3 months out. (And EDT was created by Charles Staley. One of the most knowledgable contributors to T-Mag. He's a former Olympic weightlifting coach as well as a former martial arts competitor and instructor. And yes, he's awesome.) (She wasn't aware of who created EDT - thought I should let Miss E know)
Please provide me some answers to the questions I posed, and I will certainly help you more.
I know there are MANY more knowledgable T-peoples -anyone else have a suggestion?