I want to preface this post by saying that I am ALL about women being the weight and size they feel comfortable at and if you are happy where you are, please feel free to skip this post. If you are feeling uncomfortable with how your clothes fit and your level of fitness at this point in time, you will definitely want to read further about how the Faster Way to Fat Loss® program helped me lose 11 inches and take back control of my health and fitness.
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Why the Faster Way to Fat Loss® Worked For Me
I have always been AWFUL at following through with nutrition and fitness plans, and I’ve tried a lot of them. I’m left feeling like I’m starving (I like to eat a lot 😉) or that I have to spend WAY too much time in the gym. Thankfully, I finally decided to try the Faster Way to Fat Loss and I completed the whole program and just signed up for the second round! Update: I’ve since completed many months in the VIP program.
When thinking about why Faster Way to Fat Loss® worked and other programs didn’t, I think one of the biggest things is that I didn’t feel like I was starving all of the time. I actually eat a lot– believe it or not on regular carb days, I have to work to get in more carbs!
The strength training regimen was also a big part of why this program worked for me and my lifestyle. Rather than focusing on long periods of cardio (former distance runner here!), it concentrates on about 3-4 workouts a week that help you build muscle and get stronger. As your body builds muscle, you burn more calories– even if you’re just sitting there!
In my career as a healthy lifestyle blogger and influencer, I’ve seen so many women who over-exercise and under eat. They are left feeling defeated, tired and even suffer health effects from these behaviors. The Faster Way to Fat Loss®, on the other hand, encourages you to fuel your body with healthy food and exercise in moderate amounts to allow your body plenty of time for rest.
I’ve lost over 11 inches (above belly button, at belly button, below belly button, arms and legs) and went down a jeans size over the 6-week program. You do not weigh yourself at all on this program– only at the beginning to determine how many macronutrients you need. While it will be a struggle for some people to stay off the scale, it’s important to detach yourself from the number and instead focus on non-scale changes you feel and see in your body. Focus instead on inches lost and how your clothes fit rather than what the scale says. I know I did lose a decent amount of weight since last spring though, since I recently visited the doctor’s office and had to be weighed! 😉
As I mentioned above, you get to eat quite a bit on the Faster Way to Fat Loss® program and you track your macros to make sure you are getting the right balance of protein, fats and carbs on regular days and lower net carbs on low carb days. You track your macros using My Fitness Pal and you aim to meet your macro goals for that given day. There are two scheduled low carb days each week and the rest are regular macro days.
While it’s suggested to eliminate gluten and dairy, in the beginning, to see if you have an intolerance, I knew I did not so I included them in my plan. Another aspect I love about the Faster Way to Fat Loss® is that no foods are off limits and I have a treat day once a week (on leg day), so I can indulge my sweet tooth then!
I also enjoy not having to count calories. As a busy mom of 3 boys, I have enough things to keep track of and I don’t want calories to be one of them! On the Faster Way, your goal is to hit your macros for the day (making sure you’re eating enough) and that’s it. If you follow the macro guidelines, your calorie levels will naturally be in line with your weight and activity level.
It had been quite a while since I incorporated regular strength training routines into my workout regimen and WOW, it made a HUGE difference in my body composition. My muscle tone is better than it’s ever been, and I know that lifting weight is helping me strengthen my bones. As a lifelong runner, I never found anything close to a runner’s high from other exercises, but I will say that I do feel an endorphin buzz after lifting weights at the gym!
After a good training session, I have more energy throughout the day and it’s given me more confidence. Plus– who doesn’t like showing off toned arms in sleeveless shirts?! 🤣
This is by far the biggest question people have about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program. People are scared of the word “fast” for a lot of different reasons, but I will admit that I was apprehensive too. As a person who is often “hangry,” the idea of fasting for 16 hours scared the crap out of me! 😱
Rest assured, it’s not as hard as you think and the majority of the fasting hours occur while you’re sleeping! I usually don’t make it for the whole 16 hour window, but I try to get as close to it as I can and how far I get depends on the day. As I mentioned above, the Faster Way is about progress, not perfection, so do your best and keep going!
Frequently Asked Questions About the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Program
Here are some of the questions that readers often ask about the Faster Way to Fat Loss®:
What are macros and how do I track them?
Macros are macromolecules like carbohydrates, fat and protein. The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® does not involve counting calories, rather making sure you hit your macro goals for the day. You will follow a percentage split for carbs, protein and fat and aim to get as close as you can each day (whether it’s a low carb day, low macro day or regular macro day). The MyFitnessPal app makes it SUPER easy to track the macros in your meals and snacks and you can plan out your day and/or week if it’s easier for you to do it that way.
I don’t think I can fast for 16 hours. Can I still do the Faster Way to Fat Loss® program?
Yes! The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® program is about progress, not perfection. Each day you work on getting a little closer to that 16-hour mark and pretty soon you’ll be there! Remember that it will take some time to retrain your body from what you’ve been doing for years!
Is there a strength training option for me to do at home?
Each week you will see options for workouts that you can do at home or in the gym. I’ve done both and I can attest that they are equally challenging! The home workouts just require borrowing or purchasing some dumbbells and a weight bench if you can find one (you can also use a chair or stay on the floor). The flexibility of home and gym workouts has made it possible for me to stay on track even when on vacation. The Faster Way Fit Kit is a great way to get the strength training basics to use at home.
Do I have to buy certain foods or protein shakes?
No! I love that the Faster Way to Fat Loss® program doesn’t require you to buy any special food or shakes. You simply focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods and there’s no need to special order those– you can find them at your local grocery store!
$199 seems like a lot of money, is the program really worth it?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes! At $28/week this program is totally worth it, and I wish I had done it sooner. My advice is to think about all of the extra things you spend money on like daily coffee out, meals out, etc. and see if you can set aside $28 each week to invest in yourself because you’re worth it!
If you’re interested in learning more about the program or you are interested in signing up, you can download a free guide HERE.