What is the FASTer Way To Fat Loss®?
With so many diet plans and supplement companies out there, how do you know what is effective and what is safe for you? The answer: do your research.
The Faster Way to Fat Loss is a 6-week (7 total, counting prep week) online fitness and nutritional program created by Amanda Tress. Having tested the program for two years, Amanda launched the Faster Way to Fat Loss finding the program helps you learn to fuel your body effectively and maintain energy throughout the day while you naturally burn fat. The FWTFL uses a combination of intermittent fasting (more on that here), carb cycling, and counting macros as a proven method of restructuring and repairing your metabolic system and increasing your metabolism.
Having struggled with my weight for nearly my entire adult life, finding a program that is maintainable and effective was tops on my priority list. And this one fits the bill. I have been consistently implementing the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® program for a full 6 months. I love this program because it is extremely easy to follow and lays everything out for you step by step. During the course of the 6-week program, you receive a full program guide complete with daily workouts for the 6 weeks, nutritional guidelines, webinars, live Q&A’s, and access to a facebook group to get all of your questions answered.
Registration is currently open for my next round! I will coaching my very own 6 week program when that group starts and will be happy to answer any questions you might have!
How long do you fast for? How many hours per day and how many days per week? And what is your eating window?
We follow a 16/8 fasting schedule, meaning fast for 16 hours followed by an 8 hour eating window. This can be modified to fit your schedule. I know, it sounds IMPOSSIBLE, but you can work up to the full 16 hours, if needed. For me, I try to finish dinner by 7:00pm and break my fast sometime around 11:00am the next day. The great thing is, the majority of your fasting window will occur while you are asleep. I very rarely feel hungry before I break my fast (it’s amazing how your body adjusts), and cutting off my eating at 7:00pm has really helped me cut down on all the unnecessary snacking and wine my body was used to at night. Plus, not going to bed on a super full stomach has helped me sleep better!
Can you drink wine? Or have a cheat meal?
Yes! Wine/alcohol is not encouraged on the program, but as long as you can fit it in your macros, you can indulge a little! If you’re going to have wine, the best time would be on leg day as your “Leg Day Treat.” This is not a deprivation diet or plan at all. In fact, Amanda flaunts the fact that she LOVES her donuts on Saturdays… and I generally have a chocolate chip cook or cupcake the size of my head on leg day. This program is all about a lifestyle. And if you can’t fit your lifestyle within a “diet,” you’re not going to keep with it long term. That’s the amazing thing I’ve found about the FWTFL. I can still live my life. My husband and I still have date nights, indulge on movie theater popcorn, and go out with friends. The FWTFL is a maintainable program while still maintaining your lifestyle.
How many days of cardio vs weights?
If you choose to do the workouts (and some choose to focus solely on nutrition), there are two dedicated cardio days (no, you’re not running 5 miles), three weight training days, and two days designated as rest or active recovery days. The great thing about the workout side of the program is that you have access to three separate plans: low impact, at-home, or gym workouts. Since our apartment gym isn’t that well equipped, Clay and I opt for the “at-home” workouts. For these, we generally only need a couple of dumbbells and maybe a resistance band. Each exercise can also be modified to your skill level! For example, I’ve had two surgeries on my right leg. So when a workout calls for jump squats, I simply take out the jump and squat, raising to my toes on the way up.
Do you workout during your fast period or after?
You can do either! There is no set schedule as to when you HAVE to workout. I work from home, so most days I am able to take my lunch break to get in my workout. But a lot of people choose first thing in the morning, after work, or even before bed. It will just depend on your schedule. And the workouts do not take you all day. Most workouts are fairly quick (30 minutes or so). You do not have to spend two hour in the gym to see results.
Have you lost any weight yet?
Ummmm…. yeah! I began the program in July. And as of right now, I have lost a total of 59 pounds and countless inches. I’ve lost 3 sizes in my jeans and gone from an XL top to a M. While the number change on the scale has slowed a little bit, the changes in my body have not. So we’re encouraged NOT to look at that number as the “be all, end all” statistic for success. I have muscle definition I didn’t know was possible. My hormones has normalized. I’m sleeping better. I have a ton of energy. And oh yeah, I keep having to buy new clothes because none of my old ones fit!
How do you stay motivated and consistent? I always start off strong and lose focus when it comes to fitness.
This is how I have been with every program I started before FASTer Way To Fat Loss®. Sooooo motivated on day one, but by the time week two rolls around, I’ve lost my way. I think prep week has a lot to do with setting you up for success, because you can ease your way into the program. You’re not just jumping head first into the deep end. I honestly think the reason I haven’t fallen off is because it’s so realistic! It’s not super difficult, it’s easy to do when you’re busy or traveling, and you’re not stuck eating baked chicken and broccoli for every meal.
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The FASTer Way To Fat Loss® is NOT a quick fix, if that’s what you are looking for. It is, however, a real, sustainable, and healthy way of LIVING. And I just happen to be losing weight at the same time. Once I reach my goals, I just adjust a few things and I’ll be able to easily maintain all of the progress I have made. I know what my body needs and I know when it needs it and why. And that’s the most valuable knowledge I can take away from this entire experience: knowing how to fuel and take care of my body. And knowing how to love it a little better.
Registration for my next round is now open! You can register here. If you have additional questions, feel free to post in the comments below.