1. For those that don’t know you, can you please tell us who you are and what you do?
My name is Kate Deering and I live in sunny San Diego California where I work as Personal trainer, Z-Health Practitioner and Nutritional Coach. Along with my training and coaching I am a writer and public speaker focusing primarily on “How to Heal Your Metabolism”, which happens to also be the name of my first book. I’m also a writer of many blog posts on Katedeering.com and Kate Deering Fitness on Facebook. My goal is to help guide people on their health/healing journey by sharing, not only my personal experiences but my research and coaching experiences of coaching 100’s of others.
2. What got your started in the fitness industry? Who has influenced you and how did you get to where you are now?
I have been an athlete my entire life. Soccer in my youth. Tennis in my teens through my early 30’s. Then running, weight training and most recently cycling. I went to college to become a psychotherapist, but soon realized I was unable to sit for any significant amount of time. Thus, my studies soon shifted to exercise physiology, where I knew I could relate to people more through movement and healthy living than “talking” about their issues (which, of course I still do;). My first job out of college was working at health club–I’ve been in the fitness/health industry, in one way or another, ever since…
Who has influence me? Gosh, here is a short list: Paul Chek, Josh Rubin, Matt Stone, Danny Roddy, Dr. Eric Cobb, Dr. Gilbert Ling, Dr. Lita Lee, and of course Dr. Ray Peat…
Getting to where I am today has been, to say the least, a long journey of trials, successes and many failures. Six years ago, I was suffering my own health issues from over training and under nourishing. Basically, my so called “healthy lifestyle” had sunk me into a very low metabolic state. I was suffering from weight gain, injuries, bloating, edema, hormonal issues, sleep issues and a very cold body. That led me on a 2 year research and experimenting journey that was the foundation of my book “How to Heal Your Metabolism”. Since then, I spend a good amount of time talking, writing and coaching others on how to do the same…
3. We get a lot of people come to us who are fearful of sugar? Why do you think this is?
I think the fear of sugar is quite normal since the media and health industry have completely misunderstood this valuable source of energy for many, many years. Sugar is VERY misunderstood because it’s constantly being taken out of context. Yes, over consumption of sugar can be bad (most things are bad if we over consume them, including oxygen and water.) But, sugar combined with nutrients (think fruit, juice, honey and milk) is our bodies best source of energy. Yet, through stress and too many anti-sugar diets we have taught our bodies to use fat as a primary source of energy and not sugar. Although, his may sound like a good thing to most, becoming a fat metabolizer (all the time) is actually the exact opposite of a “healthy metabolism”. The youth and healthy are good sugar metabolizers while the old, obese and sick are all great fat metabolizers. A healthy metabolism will burn fat primarily while you are sleeping (muscles and your heart prefer fat at rest), but while awake (thinking, working, working out, moving, etc.) the body prefers sugar.
4. What do you think is really making people fat and sick?
Over consuming of anything more than the body can metabolically burn will make anyone gain weight. Yet, when the body is working optimally with high running metabolism and the person is eating enough healthy sugars, fats and good proteins, it is very hard to over consume. Yet, when the person eats a high percentage of processed foods, unsaturated fats (liquid oils–vegetable, seed and nut oils), fast foods, and not enough foods with good nutrition and good energy, the person has a high likelihood of becoming sick and/or fat through over consumption.
5. What are your thoughts on cardio?
If you LOVE cardio do it. If you are doing cardio to lose weight or “get healthy” stop immediately. For those that love to run, bike, hike or what ever–do it, enjoy and have fun. Doing cardio for health reasons or to lose weight, at least long term, is counterintuitive. Doing cardio makes you more efficient long term, which equates to a lower resting metabolism.
6. Can you tell us about a client that has success working with you and adopting your philosophies around nutrition and training
Oh, I just started working with a women who had lost over a 100 pounds doing extreme dieting (1200kcal and less some days) and working out 7 days a week. For over a year she kept losing weight and feeling good—then all of a sudden (within the last few months) things started to go side ways and she started to experience EVER issue of a slow metabolism. When she contacted me she was in a frantic state. She was losing hair, anxiety, panic attacks, sleep issues, horrible PMS, dry hair and nails, dizziness, digestion issues, foggy thinking, low body temperature and low pulse etc. You name, she had. She literally had EVERY issue of someone in a hypo metabolic state. After only a month of adding in good sugars and more healthy calories (some saturated fats and easy to digest proteins) into her diet, half her health issues literally went away. She still has a long journey to completely heal from the metabolic damage of her underrating and over exercising but she is 100% committed and has finally seen the light to where her previous regime went wrong.
7. Why did you write the book “how to heal your metabolism”?
I wrote “How to Heal Your Metabolism” initially so I could personally understand Dr. Ray Peat’s work better. I figured if I could write about what he was talking in more layman terms then I could understand it better and then help others understand it easier.
Dr. Raymond Peat is one of the most giving, humane, intelligent people I know, yet his work is VERY challenging to understand, at least for the average person. I must have read each one of his articles 5-10x, listened to every pod cast he had every talked on, and asked him over 200 questions when I started to write my book. Dr. Peat’s research. although very controversial and confusing, rang true for me, and it worked in healing my own metabolism. I soon realized most of what I had been taught in my 20-plus years in the health/fitness industry had been wrong and that my new purpose was to share the truth–in a way that could be understood and easily followed…and thus the birth of “How to Heal Your Metabolism”.