Hola! My name is Katherine Vergara. I am a NPC Bikini Competitor, USAPL Powerlifting Competitor, Professional Dancer, YouTuber, and an Online Health and Fitness Coach.
I am originally from Caracas-Venezuela. I started dancing when I was 5 years old. Although I don’t dance as much as I used to, dancing is still one of my passions and favorite things to do. In 2012, I left my city and headed to New York City to pursue my dreams as a dancer. I didn’t know anybody there, and I barely knew how to say “Hello”.
For about a year, I studied English and for almost three years I danced full time at Broadway Dance Center. The more I got involved in dancing, the more I wanted it to be my career, and I thought that was going to be the case. However, my parents wanted me to have a more “stable” career, and after a lot of arguments and long talks, I followed their advice.
In 2014, I moved to Michigan and I’m currently majoring in Chemistry with a Pre-Dental concentration and minoring in Dance.
My fitness journey began in 2014.I was experiencing a lot of pain in my knees (I assumed it was due to the intensity of my dance training). I went to the doctor and he told me that the reason of my pain was my weight. He told me that I was fat, and he literally grabbed my quads and said “there is no muscle here, you need to start working out”. Even though it was really hard to hear, it made me make a change.
In the past I tried probably 2-3 different diets. All of them were a complete failure because I never felt I was 100% ready to give up my favorite foods. This time though, I needed somebody to keep me accountable and on track so I decided to hire an online coach. Even though my coach was there for me, I still spend a lot of time teaching myself how to do most of the exercises that were part of my training. My goal was never to hit a certain weight, my only goal was to look and feel better.
After a couple months I started getting really serious about lifting, so I decided to do my first bikini competition in the fall of 2014. I didn’t know anything about competing or what I was getting myself into. All I wanted to do was to take my fitness journey to the next level. I remember my brother’s best friend used to compete in bodybuilding and I thought it was kind of weird that he had to wear a speedo on stage and literally look orange (mind you I was 12 years old).
Moving forward, I decided to keep working with the same coach because I thought she knew me pretty well and I definitely needed some guidance through the process. I never really complained about my strict diet or the intensity of my training; but in the inside, I knew I was miserable. I was so committed that I didn’t even care. I didn’t pay attention to the damage this “meal plan” was causing me. I was following the typical diet that consists of oatmeal and egg whites for breakfast, 1 protein shake and a tbsp. of peanut butter for snack, and 4 ounces of chicken or tilapia with green vegetables for lunch or dinner.
I had to eat every three hours, I had a list of good foods and bad foods. I can’t even tell you how many times I had to carry food with me so I could eat what I was “supposed” to eat. Or how many times I had to miss social events because I was afraid of cheating on my diet, or how many times I had to say “no” to the foods my family would cook in special occasions.
I used to make “healthy” recipes (muffins, cookies, cakes, etc.) and I wouldn’t even lick the spoon because those foods weren’t part of my diet. I never went out to eat with my family or friends unless it was my “cheat day”. I was so afraid to eat something that wasn’t listed on my food options. But if it was my cheat day… Oh boy, I went crazy and ate every single dish.
Yes, this cookie cutter diet definitely worked. It made me lose weight and achieve that bikini look I needed for stage. However, now I understand this is NOT the only way to get there or the most enjoyable or sustainable way to do it.
On top of all that, I didn’t have the best experience competing. Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast on stage. However, backstage was not what I expected. I didn’t know anyone in Michigan and I thought doing a competition was going to allow me to meet and connect with new people. I felt like the environment was not supportive to the competition. Everybody was comparing themselves, which I get because you are in a competition, but there was no sportsmanship. Although this journey was not the best one, that didn’t mean competing again wasn’t in my plans in the future.
After that, I started posting about my lifestyle on social media and the more I did, the more I wanted to be involved. I started to use social media to interact with other people who share the same interests and passions as me. I was afraid of posting my before-after picture, because I didn’t want people to think I was looking for attention (reason why I never said or posted anything before or during my preparation to my show). When I finally did, I received such good response from people that I didn’t even know, it felt overwhelming but good at the same time.
Long story short, I did my show, I placed 5th, I was happy, I was satisfied… Now what? The disaster began. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. All I knew was “I reached my goal, now let’s eat all the food” which was a terrible mindset. I was on a caloric deficit for almost 8 months, imagine how depleted and destroyed my body was at that point. It was begging me for food.
Unfortunately, I developed a binge eating disorder. I gained a ton of weight again, I think I was around 130 pounds, who knows if a little bit more. I was desperate, I was stressed. I lost control of my body, I was eating huge amounts of food even when I was full. I was stuck in a cycle. I didn’t know what to do, but I definitely didn’t want to go back to a “meal plan”. I was lucky enough to hear about a new method: “Flexible Dieting”. Since then, I don’t think I have ever been as happy and stable as I am right now, both physically and mentally. Now, I don’t feel guilty if I have a couple Oreo’s, or one serving of ice cream here and there because I know I have the freedom to do it. Before, I thought that having a cookie was unacceptable and I was no longer a “dedicated” athlete. Also, I don’t need to have cheat meals, in fact, that word doesn’t even exist for me. Why? Simply because every food is okay.
I got really excited about whole concept and I just wanted to keep learning more and more. I read EBooks (from Krissy Mae Cagney, Ilyssa Russ, etc.) I checked out Bodybuilding.com articles, I started watching YouTube videos (Layne Norton, Jeff Nippard, Matt Ogus, etc.) and I started following more fitness influencers on Instagram that were preaching the same lifestyle.
I also worked with Jeff Nippard for about a year. Not only he prepped me for my second bikini competition and for my first powerlifting competition but he also taught me A LOT of what I now know (not just training and nutrition but also how to properly run your online coaching business and how to support your athletes).
Later on, I decided to start a YouTube channel. At first, I wasn’t really sure what the direction of my channel was going to be. After my first couple of videos I decided I just wanted to share this awesome lifestyle that literally saved my life. I also decided my channel was going to be mainly in Spanish because I think there is little to no information about Flexible Dieting in Spanish. I think a lot of people in Latin America still believe they need to deprive themselves in order to see results.
My own experiences and my background in science allowed me to start an online coaching business. I have a group of beautiful intelligent woman that I also get to call friends. The most amazing thing is that they are all from different cities/countries and it blows my mind that I have been able to reach people from other places that I have never even been to.
All I hope is that through my journey I can motivate and inspire as many people as possible. I want to spread knowledge, self-confidence, and self-worth. Thank you so much for visiting my website! If you want to know more about me, make sure you check out my social media accounts as well as my blog. If you are interested in working with me make sure you head over to the Plans & Services page! I can’t wait to continue to share my journey with all of you.