Balanced Hormones – Balanced Life

Stesha Uncategorized

Kaytlin Fowler is one of the hardest workers I know. I loved her from the start because we shared a special bond both coming from wheat farms in northern Montana. Awwww, how cool!
Kaytlin came to me during her last year as a PA student, under eating, trying to cope with insatiable sugar cravings, and working out at Anytime Fitness whenever she could muster the energy… it just wasn’t working…
Kaytlin had the goal of losing weight, but since she was already under-eating at 1000 calories per day, achieving a healthy metabolism and hormone profile were first on the list. So over the course of 4 months, we reverse dieted all the way up to 2000 calories.
It’s important to know the effects of eating 1000 calories under your maintenance intake…
-your adrenal glands are on red alert – receiving a signal from the brain saying “this could be our last days if we don’t do something drastic here”
-so cortisol is high (overwhelmed and anxious much?)
-thyroid hormone is down-regulated (bye bye metabolism)
-estrogen and progesterone are out of whack (good luck with your monthly cycle ladies)
-testosterone is reduced (so muscle building and sex drive are meh)
Rinse and repeat this long enough and we have a slow metabolism, fat gain around the middle, sleep issues, depression, and anxiety until finally we just accept that that’s the way life is going to be…but that wasn’t cutting it for Kayt!
It wasn’t until we were living the good life with plenty of fuel and recovery that we decided to initiate a 4-month cut together.
Here is a little snippet of how things went:
“I’ve finally hit the 4-month mark on this cut and I am so pleased with how things have turned out. I wanted to get back down to around 140 and hit 143 today!
I cannot believe after all the stress and the trials this year that I was even able to accomplish this much! I will start my reverse diet today adding 20 C and 5 F every other week.
Thank you for all your help and keeping me accountable and helping me get back to me! My mindset towards food is 10,000 times stronger and my cravings are not existent. This freedom from poor body image is priceless!”
-Kaytlin