Like a lot of people, I stumbled upon Katie Anne while researching reverse dieting. As a health and life coach myself, I’ve been involved in health and fitness for quite some time and am drawn to people who are not living by the standard black and white health/diet rules. My own health and fitness journey began back when I was 15 and I thought that in order to be beautiful, I had to be “skinny.” Fast-forward many diets, a lot of trial and error, and finally finding my balance through intuitive eating, I began teaching what I had learned to other women. Then, in 2014 I had a lot of life changes and my lifestyle itself began looking quite different. I was traveling a lot more, entertaining, and “routine” was becoming less and less. I could feel a difference in my body and knew it was time to take it to the next level and embark on a new adventure to support my body best in this next phase.
That’s when on a “Googling adventure” I stumbled upon Layne Norton and reverse dieting and then Katie, and it occurred to me, “What IF I could max out my metabolism so that I could eat whatever I wanted while traveling and not feel the fluctuations in my body?” I was also noticing that I didn’t feel as strong and my booty was looking a little less “booty” since I had been neglecting the gym in favor of long runs and “travel friendly” workouts, so I decided I wanted to take on a reverse diet as a “self-experiment” to see what would happen if I hit it hard in the gym and slowly increased macros over a period of time, say 6 months. I reverse dieted myself from April through the summer, and started with Katie Anne on my birthday in July.
She has been amazing! So supportive and strong, especially in those moments when I really needed someone beside me to help me stay focused. (Even coaches need coaches when up-leveling!) We’ve completed the reverse diet phase, with me hitting 325g carbs, 86g fat, 135g protein. Over the course of our work together, I gained about 10 lbs, some of it fat, but A LOT of it was muscle. I also reduced cardio from 3x week to 1x week, 8 intervals. Through the process of working with Katie, my booty, back, arms, and legs have all transformed. We even had to work through a hip flexor injury and she was able to design a program that helped heal and strengthen it so that now I have no issues with it at all, while hitting PRs in all my lifts!
I’m now headed into my leaning out phase and can see the some serious definition already shining through! Reverse dieting is for sure a process, it doesn’t happen over night. But with consistency and an overall mindset of “not stressing about it”… the results are worth it. Honestly, nobody tells you how tough the mindset part is, especially for women that are used to dieting! You have to trust the process and REALLY trust your coach. Katie is that coach. She’s amazing. Can’t say enough great things about her.