Serendipitously, Mike Dolce shares bikini weight-loss and anti-bloating methods in ELLE magazine. Offers techniques that will help youlook lean and trim. Random bumper-sticker of course...'for full bikini diet shredding plan check out 3 Weeks to Shredded.'.
Notice that the shred to prep for your contest, and for the making weight for fighters is a SHORT duration event. 3 weeks. Done, and then back to lean, clean, and in our case, plant-based whole foods lifestyle.
Concerned that it's early June, your contest is in September. 3 months is a lot longer than 3 weeks. The short-term high meat, high protein, low carb low fat diet probably will have short term positive effects on your body, but I'd worry that come 30 days out from your contest, what do you plan if you start actually getting soft in the mid-section, or see overall body fat INCREASE and then panic really sets in.
Generally, can't live at 7% or lower body fat all the time. Not optimal for training and may have negative health effects. SO...if you get ripped now...can it be sustained for 3 months?
Don't know myself, but sounds like questionable diet. There ARE plant-based ripped athletes.
No, I'm not a bikini competitor and no, I don't know everything and I try questioning what I do know, listening to what others say or suggest, and read-read-read. I'm sure (hopeful!) that others on here might offer up other suggestions too. Some which may align with what I think I know now, and some that might contradict and help me learn more too.
My current thoughts about your trainers suggested meal plan 3 months out from your competition have resounding "It's bullsh!t!" -- credited to Mike Dolce. Telling you NO/LOW carbs when you're trying to work out and sculpt your body without proper fuel makes no sense to me. Low fat -- yeah...Low SATURATED fats. Still need healthy fats for skin, hair and body function. No fruit? Really? Some of the links I posted below from other vegan/vegetarian bikini competitors helps show that there's a lot of references/resources out there. I like the ones talking about A) not feeling low energy or getting slow moving digestion from all that meat, B) DON'T count calories, make your calories count -- eat high quality nutrient dense foods (including FRUIT!)
In your own words you said, "Of course that plan consisted of mostly protein with low carbs and even lower fat. I was very skeptical about the diet, but it proved to really shed the pounds quickly."
Not surprising, but I would expect it to plateau and in time you'll start craving all kinds of nutrients that your body isn't getting. All that meat/protein can well start to show up on your belly stored as fat if your body's not using it all through training and recover. One of the links below talks about bumped up protein gms (but from plant sources), and also the need for clean carbs from veg and beans. Plant-based diet would also meet criteria for no/low bad fats in your diet, just the natural ones that occur in nuts, beans, grains, avocados, etc..So I should think you can achieve the nutritional content suggested by your trainer WITHOUT meats......
Just did a quick search and here's some links and text that might help:
How would you describe your nutrition program? http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_marzia
My nutrition changes depending on my fitness goals. I modified my “old” standard competition diet that was (5 times a day, every 3 hours) high protein animal meat diet to high quality plant based protein with fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. Some of my favorite proteins are hemp, brown rice, beans, seeds, nuts, and leafy greens. I love my healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, flax oil, and nuts. As far as carbs go, I eat whole grains, beans, veggies, and fruits. I just watch my clean carbs when I get close to a competition or a photo shoot.
I used to be on a really strict competition diet but now being vegan; I eat organic plant based foods and don’t feel like I am on a diet. I listen to my body. I am more in tune with my body now, than I have ever been. Gone are the days of fad diets, “competition diets”, and being lost on how to eat. I feel like I have taken back control of my body. Aha! So this is what they say mean when they say lifestyle! LOL!
AND ITS ON THIS SITE!!!! WHAT!!!
This sounds like you!
When I decided to enter my first figure competition last year, I followed a relatively traditional contest nutrition plan, which included chicken, fish, whey protein and some dairy. It was an emotional and physical challenge for me to eat that much animal protein on a daily basis. So after my competition, I transitioned back to my vegan diet...... http://www.donloree.com/2011/08/22/no-meat-tons-of-muscle-interview-with-a-vegan-bodybuilder/
Here is an example of a typical vegan contest prep meal plan for me:
seitan (vital wheat gluten)
non-fat tomato sauce
vegan parmesan cheese
large mixed green salad with cucumbers, onions, mushrooms, celery, peppers
veggie “beef” strips
On a higher carb day I will add in more fruit, my protein “brownies” and “cookies”, whole grain waffles, and rice protein pudding.
Fresh fruit such as apples, oranges, or berries
Protein “brownie” or “cookie”
Seitan (vital wheat gluten)
Roasted veggies such as eggplant, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and peppers
Protein Rice Pudding
Large salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and mushrooms
Vegan “beef” strips
..You will see that my diet stayed consistent throughout my prep. I did not carb deplete, but I did focus on getting a lot of my carbohydrates from vegetables.
Last link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/95060661/Blogilates-Vegan-Challenge