Half Their Size’s Eve Guzman: ‘I Was a Size 24, Maintained a Size 6, Now I Can Wear Jeans That Are Size 2 and 4’

03/02/2016 at 01:21 PM ET

Eve GuzmanCourtesy Eve Guzman

Eve Guzman was featured in PEOPLE’s 2015 Half Their Size Issue after going from 277 lbs. to 138 lbs. by dramatically decreasing her portion sizes and sticking to a high protein, low-fat, moderate carb diet. Since her weight loss, the genetic toxicology research assistant and mom of two, 33, has coached people all over the country on how to lose weight, helping them drop a combined 2,950 lbs. In the next phase of her journey, Guzman is preparing to compete in a figure competition, and will be sharing her preparation in an exclusive PEOPLE blog. You can also follow her on Instagram.

I’m officially six weeks out from gracing the stage. At the last check-in with my coach Jennifer Sturges I was measured in at 13.1 percent body fat, and down 10 lbs. of fat and 50 lbs. overall. I am now 5’1″ and 127 lbs.

Nothing fits! I have found myself living in gym clothes.. I was a size 24, maintained a size 6, and now I can wear jeans that are size 2 and 4. Eve GuzmanCourtesy Eve Guzman

I made it all the way to January without doing cardio. I am now up to two days of HIIT workouts a week (sprints and StairMaster) and three days of low intensity cardio. Some days I lift and do the cardio at the same time. Other days I am too exhausted and half to split it up and do “two-a-days.”

I am rotating between low and high-carb days to help me lean out for the show. We are in the last stretch so I am focusing on high protein daily, while challenging my metabolism to burn stored fat while maintaining muscle.

Here is an example of what I eat on a typical low-carb day:

Meal One: Egg whites with spinach and low fat cheese or a protein shake

Meal Two: Chicken breast and sautéed zucchini with bell peppers

Meal Three: Ground turkey taco bowl with romaine lettuce and chipotle salsa

Meal Four: Chicken breast on a spring mix salad with Trader Joe’s pear vinaigrette dressing

Meal Five: Protein mug cake (protein powder + egg whites)

Meal Six: Egg white scramble

Eve GuzmanCourtesy Eve Guzman

It has been a struggle, but I am committed to it. On Friday night I found myself hiding in my bedroom from two deep-dish pepperoni pizzas that were in the kitchen. I find myself craving things I don’t typically eat, like doughnuts and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. One day I made a sandwich for my son, and my daughter caught me in the kitchen licking the knife. She swiped the butter knife out of my hand and said, “That’s not on your plan!”

Figure competitions are not judged on muscle tone and leanness alone. You are also judged on stage presentation. This includes posing in 5¾-inch posing heels. I was grateful enough to become a sponsored athlete of the The Shoe Fairy. She custom-designed my posing shoes with Swarovski crystals!

Eve GuzmanCourtesy Eve Guzman

I participated in my first posing clinic this weekend with body IFBB pros Karina Rhode and Kim McGuire. The group of girls were amazing; most of us were newbies.

Wearing heels in a dress is one thing, but wearing heels almost naked while trying to display all the work I have done over the last 16 weeks is another. I have committed myself to practice posing every day up until the first show on April 2.

I have realized that the formula for success in figure prep is easy – it all comes down to hustle and grind, which isn’t so easy!

Eve Guzman

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Leann on

So where is her picture when she supposely.lost the weight. U.no before and after. And when u can afford to have food delivered. U stay out of the kitchen.

JMHO on

Leann, she was featured in People magazine in 2015…I’m sure you can find before and after pictures. The article doesn’t say she is having her food delivered…where are you reading that? I did a very similar diet to this last year (I’m 47) and did 6-8 workout classes a week and I dropped 25 pounds, am looking quite fit…went from size 12 (2.5 years ago) to wearing size 4 (and sometimes 2). When I started working out about 3-4 years ago, I didn’t drop the weight…just dropped about 2 sizes. It wasn’t till after I got serious about my meals and added more classes that I dropped the weight. I don’t have my meals delivered, I just make them myself and stick to it.

Pixie on

This is great and all for her. But real working people, who work 8-10 hours a day, don’t have time to make 5+ meals a day. Even prepping meals on the weekends (which I do for my own diet routine), doesn’t allow some of those foods to be eaten in a real life situation. I love how all these “weight loss stories” that “share their meals” think the “average working woman” can sustain a diet like that. Show us real women who had to struggle within real realms with their food, eating on the go, or while walking around the office holding a bowl of salad, accomplished their new life style.

Mrs. B. on

She looks great! I hope she continues to keep the weight off. It’s not easy to do, but she’s proof that it can be done. And to Leann – if you go to the People homepage it has a picture of her before she lost the weight.

HM on

Pixie, I am not sure why you think she isn’t a real working person. Not only that, she is also a mom of two. It reads in the article that she is a “genetic toxicology research assistant and mom of two”. She also goes onto say that it isn’t easy “it all comes down to hustle and grind, which isn’t so easy!”. Why not applaud Eve’s amazing success?! She is a force and has worked for all that she has. I don’t know her but I can see that she is a person I want to emulate. She is real and she worked hard for her results. No one has time, you have to make time. It’s a choice. You either make the choice to do it or make the choice to find an excuse not to do it.

guest on

impressive!

but 13.1% body fat for a woman is dangerous: 15% is the minimum! otherwise menstruation stops; other hormonal and health risks, as well.

Brian on

This is a very inspiring story. I’ve started the process of losing weight; lost about 18 pounds with about 90 lbs. to go. This is proof to what perseverance does for a person!

Anonymous on

Ummm if she was 277lbs and is now 127 or whatever unless she had surgery she would have loose hanging skin

Kayla on

Pixie, just because you work 8-10 hours per day doesn’t mean you can’t do it. If you want to do it you can make it work. I meal prep and eat 6 meals a day. I workout really early in the morning for about 2 hours, go to work and work 8-10 hours, go home and work on my own independent business and relax a little bit (and of course, cook food for the next day and for dinner for everyone else in my house. I think it is actually easier to meal prep because you don’t have to worry about what you eat, and you just bring it to work with you.

Your biggest fan on

First off I follow I similar plan as her and I am a full time student and full time working mom. I find the time to prep meals just like she does. She works longer hours then 8 to 10 hours. So stop hating because it makes you feel better about yourself. And it is not dangerous to be at 13% body fat for a female. Keep inspiring people Mrs Guzman I can’t wait to see you compete!!!

Patti on

Guest: She is competing in a show; the diet is not sustainable for long periods of time but in order to compete, there is a method / plan that she must follow for a prescribed period of time until the show. When she’s done competing, she’ll most likely return to regular eating habits prior to the show.

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