This weekend was all about home improvement and some family exercise. My poor hubs is still not back up to par from the GI bug that struck our family, but we managed to get some home projects done and spend some time outside. Saturday was pretty much all home improvement projects with some errands mixed in. We finished up the downstairs half bathroom renovation (paint, towels, art, hardware). It’s nice to have one bathroom that…
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 on!
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!
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. After that, your success is measured by non-scale victories like inches lost and your clothes fitting better. 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! 🙂
So, what makes this program different and why did it work for me? I think the most important factor in the program is that you get to eat enough. 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. 🙂 I love that no foods are off limits and I have a treat day once a week, so I can indulge my sweet tooth then!
I also love not having to count calories. 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.
This is by far the biggest question people have for me 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 was 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!
FAQ About the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Program
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 your macros daily and plan out your day and/or week if it’s easier for you.
I don’t think I can fast for 16 hours. Can I still do the 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 they are equally challenging! The home workouts will just require borrowing or purchasing some dumbbells. The flexibility of home and gym workouts has made it possible for me to stay on track even when on vacation.
Do I have to buy certain foods or protein shakes?
No. I love that this program doesn’t require you to buy any special food or shakes. You focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods and there’s no need to special order those!
$199 is a lot of money, is the program really worth it?
The short answer is 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.
If you’re interested in learning more about the program or you are interested in signing up, you can download a free guide HERE.