The year was 2008 I was living in a two-bed college dorm room at University of Georgia (go DAWGS) University with my girlfriend Lindsey.
The floor of our dorm was littered with magazines like Oxygen, Women’s Health, and Shape that I would flip through for fun most every day after my classes.
Our college colors (red and black) spilled across most of our room from our bedding to our curtains giving us a mega dose of school spirit every time we stepped through our door.
A stack of shoes (mostly gym tennis shoes) threatened to spill out of my closet every time I opened it to get dressed and head off to my classes.
And then there was me…
A smiling, brown haired, brown eyed girl that you would never guess was hiding constant hunger pains under the surface.
I know “peanut butter pact” sounds like some ridiculous cult ritual lol, but before you make your judgments…let me explain.
The first time we created the “peanut butter pact” was on a weekend night in our dorm room as we pinched the extra skin on our bellies exclaiming in the mirror that, “we looked fat”.
This wasn’t really true, but the only thing we had to compare ourselves to were the photoshopped models on the front of the magazines we read most every night.
They were burned into our minds as something we wanted to achieve, but could never quite live up to.
That didn’t stop us from trying though…
Every bit of fat we found on our bellies, thighs, or butts was met with disgust and self loathing from ourselves.
So, one fateful night when we were particularly angry and embarrassed by finding a tiny extra scrap of fat on our bodies, we made a promise to hold each other accountable to losing our extra fat.
Our agreement was simple…
7 days a week of cardio
Avoid fat, sugar, and carbs
ZERO peanut butter allowed
7 days a week of cardio
Avoid fat, sugar, and carbs
ZERO peanut butter allowed
Before we made our pact, it wasn’t uncommon to find Lindsey and I scooping peanut butter straight out of the jar with our fingers as we chatted late into the night about whatever was on our minds.
I didn’t know it yet…but this “peanut butter pact” with my roommate would set me up for:
Years of poor health…
Massive mood swings…
And an overwhelming sense of unworthiness that would almost steal my life away from me…
A light snack towards lunch time and back to the gym for some light lifting and more cardio.
At lunch we would normally eat a salad or some other extremely low calorie meal.
For dinner, we would find ourselves usually forcing down some other green vegetables with a sparse amount of carbs.
After all that, we would finally retire to our dorm rooms for a fitful night of sleep interrupted by nothing but the sound of our growling bellies.
Over the next 2 weeks, my girlfriend and I repeated this daily routine of pack our bags with gum to chew between every meal (to trick ourselves into feeling like we were eating) then:
Towards the end of our 2 weeks it felt like red flashing lights and alarm bells were going off in my head as my body BEGGED me for something nutritious to eat.
When we reached the end of our 2 weeks of starving ourselves, we ran to the student store and grabbed 2 jars of peanut butter for our celebratory meal.
If you would have seen us racing back across campus to our dorm cheering, you would have thought we were Vikings racing away from a village we had ransacked and claimed peanut butter as our spoils of war.
We barely made it through our dorm room door before we were scooping out fingerfuls of peanut butter, far too hungry to bother properly making a real meal for ourselves.
It didn’t take long before we had more peanut butter smeared across our faces than was left in the jars.
We had suffered for 2 weeks waiting to eat like real people again, and now we wore our peanut butter war paint with pride.
But only a few minutes later we were sprawled across our beds feelings sicker than we had ever felt.
After not eating nutritious food for so long, our bodies were punishing us for eating so much sugar and fat at one time. It felt like our stomachs were slowly being frozen in hot lava.
(I know, it didn’t make any sense to me either!)
We woke up the next morning with what I can only describe as a “food hangover” that made it next to impossible to get out of bed without wanting to throw up immediately…
But seeing our bodies without fat in the mirror made all the pain worth it…
Over the next few years in college, Lindsey and I repeated our pact dozens of times.
Every time we would lose weight due to our extreme diets and workouts, weight just seemed to pile back on our bodies faster.
And everytime the weight came back, we responded with our same 2 week extreme diet and workout plan AKA “the peanut butter pact”.
It always worked…for a time…
But at the end of every 2 weeks, we would have a massive binge eating session that would leave us with a food hangover for days.
Our goal was always to lose extra fat and tone up…
…but what we didn’t know is that we were slowly training our bodies to hold onto as much fat as possible every time we starved ourselves.
We thought we were the only girls in the world who felt like we couldn’t keep fat off no matter what…
They wonder why it just gets harder and harder to keep fat off the more they try to lose weight.
At the time I didn’t know that the more you limit what you eat…
If you’re like most women, you haven’t been told about the dangers of limiting the amount of food you eat.
No one told you that extreme dieting can lead to long term negative side effects.
Well…one of these negative side effects is something I call “bottoming out” your metabolism.
What I mean when I talk about “bottoming out” your metabolism is that you are teaching your body to go into survival mode.
This is a very common problem that MILLIONS of people experience all over the world (especially women) because of extreme dieting.
When I was going to college, I looked at photoshopped models on the covers of Oxygen, Women’s Health, and Shape magazines…
Today, women are looking through their phone screens at photoshopped models on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok…
The problem hasn’t changed, just the format in which we consume these potentially harmful images.
And listen, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with magazines or social media pictures being out there in the world of photoshopped women. It’s other people’s rights to photoshop as much as they want…
…but it’s EASY to understand why millions of women have starved themselves (like me) chasing a “look” when so much misinformation is out there.
Let me tell you why…
What Is A “Bottomed Out” Metabolism, And What Can It Do To My Body?
A “bottomed out” metabolism is something that comes from starving yourself, overtraining with excessive cardio, and overall just having a lot of stress in your life.
Think about your body normally.
Food is simply energy for your body to use.
When you eat food your body uses it to help you perform your daily tasks like brushing your teeth, going for a jog, carrying 8 bags of groceries out of the store, etc.
If you eat more calories than your body needs to function in a typical day, a normal person will gain weight.
If you eat less calories than your body needs to function in a typical day, your body will borrow energy from your fat stores and you will lose weight.
This is how the human body NORMALLY functions.
But this ALL changes when you bottom out your metabolism and force your body into survival mode.
So how does your body change with a bottomed out metabolism?
Think about what your body would do if you were in a real survival situation without enough food.
If you really were in danger of starving, your body would do what all animals’ bodies do and try to store as much energy as possible.
…and try to hold onto as much body fat as possible so you have more energy reserves that will help you survive longer.
Makes sense, right?
What if I told you that your body can’t tell the difference between extreme dieting and a real survival situation?
If you’re anything like me and millions of other women around the world, you have done your best to lose weight by:
Always being in a calorie deficit…
Always working out…
And always eating “healthy” foods…
The reason why that happens is because women who do extreme dieting to lose weight essentially command their body to go into survival mode and hold onto AS MUCH FAT AS POSSIBLE.
And it all comes from bottoming out your metabolism.
Just think about what it would be like to eat a dessert for dinner on a night out, then waking up feeling like you’re gaining fat despite only having ONE dessert!
This is what it feels like to have a bottomed out metabolism.
So if you’re a woman who’s ever felt like you can’t lose weight no matter how hard you try…
…there is a good chance you are suffering from a bottomed out metabolism just like me and so many of my clients have in the past.
If you’ve ever woke up in the morning feeling bloated and overweight…
If you’ve ever felt terrified to eat because you might gain weight…
If you’ve ever tried to go to bed starving to follow some strict “diet” to weight…
And if you’ve ever felt insecure, disappointed, upset, and angered by what you see when you look in the mirror…
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.
Like millions of other women (me included), you have been LIED to by the women’s health industry.
These lies have caused you to gain weight, imbalance your hormones, cause mood swings, and affect your overall livelihood.
In just a moment I’m going to tell you how me and hundreds of my clients have overcome having a bottomed out metabolism to Arise in our lives.
These are the questions you need to ask yourself…
Felt like eating just one wrong meal caused you to gain weight?
Had a binge day where you overate waaaaaay too much food late at night because you were so hungry?
Gone to bed starving because you were on a diet?
Felt like, no matter how much cardio you do, you just can’t seem to lose weight?
…then there is a good chance YOU ARE experiencing some form of a “bottomed out” metabolism.
But there is GOOD news.
Having a bottomed out metabolism is not permanent.
You can actually “retrain” your body to naturally shed excess fat with little to no effort so you can lose weight and maintain your figure without EVER having to go to bed starving again.
So if it’s ok with you…
It’s time for you to know the truth about how to overcome your bottomed out metabolism.
I first stumbled across this unique solution to fix my bottomed out metabolism a few years after I graduated college.
I hadn’t kicked my old habits to the curb yet and still wasn’t eating enough food to really sustain myself.
This was leading all sorts of negative effects like:
Vicious mood swings
Reduced thinking power
IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight and keep it off!
*pic of Katherine at her heaviest*
No matter how extreme my workouts and diets became.
I was heavier than I had ever been and had no idea I was gaining weight because of how LITTLE I was eating.
At this time in my life I felt a food vampire straight out of the Twilight movies.
I knew that if I got just one taste of the food I really wanted, then I would turn into a glutton and eat all the food I possibly could.
I couldn’t control myself!
So since I was still stuck in the mindset that the only way to lose weight was to eat less food and exercise more…
…I avoided all situations that would put me in a place where good food would be around me.
When my husband invited me out to dinner for date night, I had to ruin it every time by making sure the restaurant we went to had food I could eat…
I was becoming no more than a ghost that haunted our house while my husband went out into the world to actually enjoy his life…
I felt depressed…
I felt unworthy of getting the body I really wanted…
My relationship with my amazing husband started to get ugly…
And I started gaining EVEN MORE weight…
I was slowly spiralling down into a black abyss where there was no hope for change.
I was tired of feeling drained and like a failure in every area of my life.
So I decided that I needed to get my health in order. And that’s when I hired my first (very expensive) fitness coach.
It was a scary financial investment at the time for me, but I knew something needed to change.
When our first training days came, I was expecting my coach to tell me how much harder I needed to work out…
Maybe to change my diet a little bit…
Alter my workout schedule to workout a few more times each week…
Little things like that.
So you can imagine my surprise when he told me, “Katherine, the #1 thing you need to do is just eat MORE food.”
I laughed. He had to be joking right? But his face was stern.
“I’m serious.” he said, “You’re not eating enough food and your body is trying to pack on fat so it can survive right now.”
But that one tip from my coach changed life forever.
Like most women I now work with:
But these were secrets I was missing!
Before I was Working out 6-7x/week, eating mostly salad, marriage falling apart, depressed
Now, I’m Working out 3-4x/week, eating whatever I want (including cookies cream ice cream :p), amazing marriage, happier than ever before
These pictures are to show you that you do not have to choose between enjoying your life and staying in great shape.
So if you want to get in better shape than you’ve ever been in before…
…and live a happier life as a wife, mother, friend, and woman…
…have a community of women to support you reaching your goals…
…eat foods you actually enjoy…
…and ARISE in every area of your life…
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