Disclaimer: The following review is based on my personal experience with FASTer Way To Fat Loss®. I am not a doctor, nutritionist, medical or fitness professional. I also can not guarantee that my results will be anyone else’s results. Please consult your doctor regarding any questions or concerns when starting a new nutrition and/or fitness program.
Let’s get straight to it, shall we?
What is the FASTer Way To Fat Loss®?
The FWTFL is a 6 week online program that claims to “empower you to transform your life through simple, effective, cutting-edge fitness and nutrition strategies.” What the heck does that really mean? Well, in short, the program incorporates carb cycling, intermittent fasting, and tracking macros [fats, carbs, proteins].
The idea is to fuel your body effectively to burn fat naturally, maintain optimal energy levels throughout the day, and improve your metabolism as well as hormone levels.
The goal of FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is to feel leaner, stronger, healthier, and more energetic than you’ve ever felt before. It’s a lifestyle, not diet. The FWTFL website has a ton of information, and I find the FAQ section the most helpful.
Does it cost money?
Yep, it does. It’s $199 for first timers which includes:
A 6 week comprehensive program guide, along with an initial prep week. The prep week and trainings come with a detailed program overview, video interviews, and sample meal plans.
Most importantly, it comes with a coach and support system. My coach was Amanda, the actual creator of the program. She also had a few other FWTFL Veterans available to help answer basic questions or make sure I along with the rest of my private Facebook group was on track. Through the Facebook group, there’s a daily reminder of what the goal of the day is, as well as an accountability thread. This really helps you stay on track!
The program also includes weekly, doable workout plans which can be completed at the gym or at home. [There are plenty of people who just do the nutrition part and still see crazy good results.]
Once you’ve completed the 6 weeks, you will have the tools to continue on your own, however, should you feel that you still want and need the support from the online community and coaches, you can continue to do as many rounds as you’d like for a discounted price. For those who want to continue after two rounds, there’s a VIP membership that offers an even more discounted rate. You can see more information here.
You will need to download My Fitness Pal on your cell phone to keep track of your daily macros and goals, but the free version is totally fine. No need to pay for the upgraded version.
What kind of food do you eat on the program?
Real food. Real, whole foods. The program encourages non processed, non artificial foods. It also suggests eliminating dairy, at least for the first round. With that being said, this program is intended to be sustainable long term, and there’s definitely room for cheat meals, wine and pizza, the occasional donut and then some.
I’ve eaten dairy since the start of the program. If you watch my Instastories regularly, you may have seen that I actually took a food intolerance blood test recently which showed I am not intolerant to dairy, so that made me feel better. I didn’t eat perfectly, but for the majority of the time, I found staying on course pretty easy. I enjoy cooking so I think that helped. And when I didn’t feel like cooking, well, there was Chipotle [the salad bowls are a great, healthy, fast food option].
You can read more about carb cycling and intermittent fasting here, but basically, you’ll restrict your carbs on certain days, not every day. You’ll not only learn what to eat, but when to eat it. And eating all of your meals within an eight hour feeding window versus eating all day will help your body get into a fat burning state. I’ve done a ton of reading and research on intermittent fasting prior to starting this program, and I have to say that I really love it, and really believe in the benefits!
Also, I want to note that on this program, YOU EAT!! There’s no counting or restricting calories.
Do you need to work out like crazy?
Nope. Not at all. I can assume that those who follow the workout guide or do similar workouts on their own may see quicker results, but there are plenty of people who can’t or don’t choose to do the workouts.
What I like is that there’s an at home workout plan, so you don’t need a gym membership. However, if you have a gym membership, there’s a guide for gym goers.
Each week, there were five different types of workouts, and two recovery days. On average, I worked out three to four times per week.
I had baby #2 in January, and gained a ton of weight [47 lbs to be exact]. Unlike my first pregnancy, I’ve had a really tough time shedding the pounds postpartum. For most of my life, I’ve always been relatively thin and in shape. Sure, I went through the “Freshman 15” phase and some other brief, chubby moments, but I never felt like I needed to work that hard at getting back to my ideal, healthy size. That is until this past year, which has certainly been a struggle for me.
I can’t believe I’m about to share the following photos, but for the sake of being completely transparent with you, I felt it was necessary. Looking at these photos is hard for me, and I honestly think, “who is this person?” I truly don’t recognize myself, not even the “after” photos. BUT, I do see progress. AND, I am giving myself a little grace – I’ve had two beautiful babies with this body, and this past year I’ve been working like a maniac with little sleep. I’ve only recently started focusing on myself, and I will say that I truly feel better now than I have in a long time.
I could have done a more strict or restrictive “diet” to achieve more drastic results, but intentionally chose FASTer Way to Fat Loss® because I believed [and still believe] that it’s the most practical to maintain long term.
So here it goes… the photos on the left were taken six weeks prior to the photos on the right.
I’ve seen the biggest change in my stomach, hips, and thighs, and most importantly, I’ve been sleeping better with this program than I have in a longggg time, even prior to Elie being born.
I do plan to continue eating and working out the way I’ve been doing the past month and a half on the FWTFL program, and hope that in another six weeks, I can show you even better results!
The next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss® starts next Monday, November 12th with prep week. If you’re interested in signing up, you can do that here. Should you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below, or to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m an open book!