Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you find my review helpful and decide to sign up for the FASTER Way to Fat Loss through one of my links then your program costs the exact same price, but I get some money back (towards my next round) for providing a review that helped you make the decision to join.
I just wrapped up my first round of the FASTER Way to Fat Loss a few days ago and my experience was so positive that I have already signed up for a second round. I will admit I went into the FASTER Way to Fat Loss a little hesitant and unsure. See, I had tried everything to lose weight – Weight Watchers (both in person and online), calorie counting, phone apps, etc. and with my hypothyroidism and hormonal issues nothing worked – my body just held on to the weight. I was not sure FASTER Way to Fat Loss would be any different, but I just had to try something to get my body under control. So, after think about it for awhile, and going back and forth I finally took the plunge and joined in.
My Results: (after 6 weeks on the program)
– lost over a pound a week
– down inches, especially around my waist
– feeling more confident with myself and my ability to get back to where I once was
– learned a lot about nutrition
– better eating overall
– I still have cravings, but I no longer feel they run my food choices
– cut WAY BACK on the late night snacking
I was so happy with my overall results. I am not going to lie, I am super happy with the weight loss; however, even more than that I think the most amazing part of the FASTER Way to Fat Loss is that I finally feel like I am in control of my food instead of it being in control of me. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t perfect and I did have some slipups, but I just feel I made so much progress. I feel better about my eating than I ever have before.
Overall, I feel that the FASTER Way to Fat Loss is not just a diet – it is a lifestyle. I think what really made it work for me is that it was something I could do, and could see myself being able to continue forever. I truly believe that this will be my new eating plan.
FAQ: (questions I have received from friends, family, and others while completing the program)
1. Was fasting hard? –
I eased into it at first and found it got easier and easier as I went. In the FASTER Way to Fat Loss we use a 16/8 fast which means you fast for 16 hours and then have an 8 hour eating window. You can select the 8 hour window that best fits your lifestyle. I personally eat everyday from 11 – 7, if I know I am going out late with friends I will bump it back a bit, and I know that before and after this window I need to stick to water and tea.
2. How do you do the 2 low carb days? –
Part of the plan involves two low carb days, carb cycling. I had never eaten low carb before, but honestly it is not bad at all. On these two days your job is to stay below 50 grams on net carbs (carbs – fiber) and you do this by cutting back on all grains and filling yourself up with protein and healthy fats. Think lean meats, eggs, avocado , nuts, etc.
3. How do you eat the other 5 days? –
The other 5 days, that are not the 2 low carb days, you eat according to your macros (carbs, protein, and fat). Your goal on these days is to get as close to your macro goal/percentages as you can. For example: my macro goal is that 45% of my calories come from carbs so my goal would be to try and be pretty close to that, not at 80% carbs for the day. This really helps to balance out what you are eating so you get a mix of carbs, protein, and healthy fats.
4. How do you track it all? –
You track everything using the FREE version of My Fitness Pal so it does not cost anything extra. When you join your coaches will walk you through how to set it up and how to use it to track your 2 low carb days and the other 5 days where you eat based on your macros. I personally found it worked best for me to enter my foods the night before or morning of so that I could play around with it a bit. If I entered something and it sent my carbs too high I could just delete it and keep playing around until I got the perfect day planned out. Then, I would look back at what I had planned in My Fitness Pal and eat according to that all day.
5. Are there any foods you have to give up? –
NO! This is why I can see this being a lifestyle for me. Really restrictive diets that make me give up everything just lose me, so I like that nothing was off limits. You are encouraged to eat mostly gluten and dairy free. I will admit I thought the dairy free would kill me as cheese and ice cream are pretty much my favorite foods, but it was not bad. Plus, it is not an all or nothing lifestyle so you were allowed to have gluten and dairy as part of your treats now and then. I would honestly say I was 95% gluten free (because I have been for awhile) and 80% dairy free.
6. Can I still have treats or eat out with friends? –
Yes, a plan has to work for you or it won’t work and I love that Amanda, the founder, and her coaches realize and embrace this. You are encouraged to find ways to make your meals out fit into your macros so that you still stay on track. I did this by looking at the menu the night before I wet out to eat and adding what I wanted to order to My Fitness Pal. Then, I planned the rest of my day around that meal out so that I could still hit my macros. And as far as treats, Amanda preaches giving yourself one fun treat to look forward to every Saturday, she is into amazing bakery donuts, I personally am all about lemon sorbet (not going to lie at 400 calories for a pint I eat the whole pint and it still fits into my Saturday macros). However, when other occasions come up like a birthday, you can make that piece of cake fit by working it into your macros – that is why I think this plan can be a lifestyle, not just a diet.
7. What about the required workouts? –
Amanda and her coaches/trainers provide you with workouts for each day of the week to help you meet your goals. There is an at home version and two gym versions, beginner and advanced, so that there is a plan for everyone. Plus, her workouts are built so that they don’t take forever which is great because we are all busy.
8. Can you do this while half/full marathon training? –
Yes, you just need to alter things a bit. Two of the days you eat by your macros are lower calorie than the others, and depending on how much you are running depends on if you can do these 2 lower calorie days, or if you just do all 5 macro days at your normal calorie level. Also, most people who are training for half or full marathons still do their 3/4 run specific workout and then use the FASTER Way to Fat Loss workouts the other 2/3 days a week for cross training and strength. I am currently full marathon training and it worked for me.
9. It sounds confusing. –
It may sound confusing at first, but you will have so much support. Everyone who joins is put into a Facebook accountability group with Amanda, the founder, and a few other coaches who are there not only to hold you accountable and keep you on track, but to answer all your questions and help you out in any way possible.
In the end it really breaks down to this:
– eat during your 8 hour window
– use My Fitness Pal to hit your food goal for the day
– try to eat more real foods and less junk
– eat when you’re hungry, stop when you are full
– get your workout in
All About Registration:
– The next round begins on August 14th with a prep week to get you going, then 6 full weeks on plan.
– It costs $199. I know, this was a lot for me on a single teacher budget, but I am so glad I finally broke down and spent that money on myself.
– Spots do fill up fast so if you are interested try to lock in your registration this week.
– Visit the Registration Page to lock your spot in now! (clink link)
– Or visit the Main FASTer Way to Fat Loss Page for more information. (click link)
I have already signed up for the August 14th round, my second, and would love to have you join me as I truly believe in this program.
If you do decided to join please let me know so we can be in the same FASTer Way accountability group together.
Also, let me know if you have any additional questions that were not answered yet.
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