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I Lost 100 Pounds by Eating the Meal I Love

One weight loss warrior shares his recipe for bell pepper Philly cheesesteaks.

Benji Xavier (@benjixavier) is a weight loss warrior and influencer who boasts over 3.6 million followers on TikTok. He regularly shares videos about his weight loss journey, claiming to have lost over 100 pounds by healthy eating and exercise. One of his main tactics? Concocting healthier versions of his favorite meals, so that he can still eat foods that he enjoys. In a recent viral video he shared the recipe of his healthy version of a classic American favorite. 

He Created a Healthy Philly Cheesesteak

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Benji claims that you can eat Philly Cheesesteaks and still lose weight. "Ladies and gentlemen, so let's make some lower calorie cheese steaks," he says in the clip.

He Starts by Cooking Thinly Sliced Steak with Mushroom and Onion


"I'm going to be using thinly sliced steak. I'm going to add in our seasonings a little bit of black pepper. Now we're going to fully cook our meat on the stovetop. We're going to add in our steak, some diced mushroom and white onion, and let that fully cook," he instructs. 

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Instead of Bread, He Uses Halved Bell Peppers


Benji swaps out the bread with bell peppers. "Pick some bell peppers. I'm going to cut them in half and seed them," he says. "Now we place our bell peppers on a baking sheet or baking dish."

He Tops Them with Cheese


"Lastly, I'm going to top 'em with half a slice of provolone. These babies are ready, I'm going to throw 'em in the oven and bake at three 50 for 20 to 25 minutes," he says, giving the final product a "ten out of ten."

Related: I Lost 60 Pounds by Following a Few Simple Food Rules

Here Are Other Healthy Swaps You Can Make

Freshly grated raw cauliflower rice in wooden bowl

The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian is totally on board with making healthier versions of your favorite foods, offering a number of suggestions for healthy substitutions:

  • Zucchini noodles in place of pasta
  • Cauliflower rice instead of white rice
  • Egg wraps instead of tortilla wraps (EggLife)
  • Bed of roasted veggies as base of bowls instead of rice or noodles
  • Plain greek yogurt in place of mayo or full fat sour cream for dips and sauces

💪🔥Body Booster: By making healthier versions of your favorite meals, you are less likely to overindulge in the real thing. 

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more