If you follow my instagram, you’ve likely heard me talk in my stories about my FASTer Way to Fat Loss review thus far. I am just starting my third week of the program.
There is no shortage of FASTer Way to Fat Loss reviews on the internet, but what I haven’t seen that I think will be really helpful to anyone considering this program, is a list of things to know before starting.
Before I get to the list; let me give you a quick summary of the program. And please note there is also some disclosure at the end of this post. I’m also going to share a list at the end of this post of all the products, tools, etc. that I found really helpful during my faster way to fat loss round. These are things that you may want to pick up to have on hand if you are starting!
What is the FASTer Way To Fat Loss?
FASTer Way to Fat Loss (aka. FWTFL) is a nutrition & fitness program developed by personal trainer/nutritionist Amanda Tress. The program has been everywhere on instagram over the past year and I have seen blogger friends do it and get incredible results!
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting FASTer Way to Fat Loss:
I wish I knew …
1. That You Have to Track Everything (Which is Really Annoying at First)
I didn’t realize that you would need to record everything you eat, in order to properly stay on the program. The nice thing is you use a free app called “My Fitness Pal” which is really user friendly and easy, but I was definitely not used to tracking my food, and finding time in my busy day to record what I’m eating was definitely an adjustment. This was not mentioned in a lot of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss reviews that I read.
I wish I knew …
2. That it Has 3 Different Key Components
FWTFL uses three different strategies. These are: 1) counting macros, 2) intermittent fasting, and 3) carb cycling. Let’s review each:
Counting Macros: If you are a diet newbie like myself, you may have zero idea what macros are. Essentially, this is your fats, carbs and protein. When you start with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program you use My Fitness Pal to come up with your goal macros (by inputting info about yourself). These will be the amount of macros you eat on regular macro days. For example, on a regular macro day I am supposed to eat 74 g of protein, 185 g of carbohydrates, and 49 g of fat. I make sure I am getting these amounts by inputting what I eat into the My Fitness Pal app, which calculates it all for me.
Intermittent Fasting: IF is simply not eating during a certain window of time. In FWTFL you eat during an 8 hour window, and observe a 16 hour fast. Most people eat between 12pm-8pm (and then fast overnight / during breakfast time) but you can do whatever 16/8 hours work for you.
Carb Cycling: CC is a dietary approach in which you alternate your carb intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. In FWTFL you carb cycle throughout the week.
I wish I knew …
3. The Importance of Prep Week
I definitely came at prep week not really paying attention to everything my coach was sharing, or reading the material on the program. I learned however that prep week is invaluable in this program. Since it is honestly really easy to follow and doesn’t feel restrictive once you get it it is so important to actually ‘get it’. There is definitely a learning curve to figuring out what to eat to hit your macros, learning to track what you eat in the app, and getting used to intermittent fasting. If you really dive into prep week you will make your life so much easier!
I wish I knew …
4. The Importance of Having a Good Coach!
I lucked out because I joined without having any idea how important your coach actually is, and my coach Morgan is amazing!! Your coach creates a private facebook group for everybody in your round and how much or little they do with it is up to them.
Morgan has been amazing! She creates daily threads where we share our info so that she can give us feedback (examples of some she has given me, pictured below). She also shares daily helpful info; from meal ideas to motivation. She is so positive and is always there when we have urgent questions like; “Can I have a splash of almond milk in my coffee when fasting!?” (…and yes that was ‘urgent’, my coffee addiction runs deep y’all. … and the answer is yes by the way haha!)
I highly recommend Morgan if you’re wanting to try FASTer Way to fat Loss! She starts a new round on January 25th (and keeps it open for a few days after). You can sign up here.
I wish I knew …
5. A List of Prepared Foods That Fit The Program
Because I’m not home very often, the biggest challenge I’ve faced is having to eat on the go, while still tracking my macros and making sure I am getting enough fats and protein. I wish I knew before hand to research and find grab-and-go items to have on hand.
The #1 item I would recommend would probably be Good Fats bars. These are great at helping you hit your fat and protein macros, and they’re easy to throw in your purse!
You can check out my full list of favorite on-the-go foods for FWTFL on my Amazon page!
Do You Want to Try FASTer Way to Fat Loss?!
As mentioned above, my coach Morgan is starting a new round on January 25th, 2021 (and starts rounds every few weeks if you miss that) We’d love to have you join us! You can sign up here. If you’re considering it, but still have questions, feel free to ask me anything in the comments!
Products That Helped Me Succeed on the FASTer Way to Fat Loss
1) I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, this is just information I wish I knew. You should definitely talk to your doctor or nutritionist if you have any medical questions about starting a diet or fitness routine.
2) I do not promote or condone ‘diet culture’ in so far as advertisements or the media telling people they need to look a certain way. Beauty is so much more than how you look. Physical beauty also does not equal slimness. Bodies are beautiful at every size, and it is about you being happy with your size. Personally, I wanted to loose a few pounds for me, not for anyone else, and that is why I joined this program.
3) I’m not being paid to talk about the program, but I was given a complimentary spot in it in order to try it out & share my honest opinion on instagram. I’m doing this blog post simply because it is something I wanted to share. If you sign up to join the program using my link I do get a commission from FWTFL. This does not cost you anything, it is simply an affiliate commission.
Thanks for reading my faster way to fat loss review.
I have heard of this diet. I currently have Candida and I am on a diet for that to help kill it. It’s super strict but I feel so much better and people say that they lose a ton of weight on it!
Ugh, I’m sorry you’re struggling with Candida, I’ve heard what a pain that can be! I know people who’ve done a diet called the Rose Cleanse to get rid of that; and similar to you they said it was SO strict, but they were pleased with the results! Hope you feel great with your new diet <3
I’ve been hearing about this and it seems like a lot of people have great results! I’m on a elimination diet currently but I’d love to try this one out in the future!
Ya it seems people have had such success! Im on week 3 so I don’t know how my success will be yet, but definitely my pants are feeling a little loose which is great. Ahh I know the pain of elimination diets to figure out allergies; been there! Hope they sort that all out for you soon! <3
This is all such good information! I feel like tracking everything would be the most difficult part for me. I snack so much throughout the day, I feel like I would be spending half of my time each day tracking!
Chaos and Coffee
It definitely is- that’s EXACTLY how I felt at the beginning. Now I’m used to it and I actually like it because it’s helping me realize how much mindless snacking I’ve been doing, now it makes me stop and ask myself if I’m just nibbling for no reason or if Im actually hungry / want a snack. If it’s the later then it’s worth tracking my food.
I’ve also found it really helpful to input a lot of things the night before. For example, I know in the AM Im going to have a coffee with almond milk so I just add that in to the next day’s schedule before I go to bed. And if I know I’m having a specific lunch (Ie. i’ve already packed leftovers or know I’ll be grabbing a specific fast food for lunch) I’ll add that in before bed as well, just so i don’t have to think about it during my busy day!
Starting a weight loss journey can always be difficult. Posts like these, that share insight before starting a new diet are always great! This program seems like it would be quite easy and helpful, especially with such a supportive coach.
Thank you for the kind words Megan, I’m glad you liked the post! And yes, having a great coach definitely has made this program much easier for me to follow and it’s kept me motivated which has been a welcome surprise!
I’ve been trying to convince my husband to try this out. He’s already doing intermittent fasting and a more keto diet, so I feel like this would just combine all the best things for him. But it’s good to know more about it. Thanks for sharing!
Oh ya, this would be such an easy progression for him!! He may even like it better and find it easier. I’ve done keto for short periods of time before, but definitely miss out on eating fruit etc. With this because you have two low-carb (keto type) days followed by a regular macro day it makes it easier because I know if I’m craving some pasta or fruit I get to eat it soon.
Ahhh I love this! All is so true. I do my best to be as open about what to expect, but it’s hard to get it all in. This is super helpful for anyone considering joining! The tracking is by far the most difficult part, but it really becomes so easy and I too enjoy it now! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to see your results at the end!!!!
Totally! There’s just so much with a new program!
I actually hadn’t heard of this diet, but now I’m interested to learn more. Thanks for sharing these tips!
You’re so welcome! If you have any questions feel free to email me!
While I’m not one to try this, I always love learning about them. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!
Such an informative post. Nutrition is such a challenge. One thing I have learned is that it is a lifelong journey. There are no universal answers to what works for whom.
I totally agree! Especially as we learn more and more about our bodies and food sensitivities; it definitely is a journey!
I have heard so many great things about FWTFL & Trim bootcamp! I have yet to try but I’m intrigued!
It’s been a really interesting “experiment” (for lack of a better word) so far. I’ve been loving it!
I would totally fail at the prep week! I’m always in awe of the results people have from FWtFL but I would be so scared to commit. I’m glad having a great coach helps so much 🙂
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Girl I totally feel you. It was a very overwhelming week, but honestly SO worth getting a hang of because now it’s second nature to me and I’m feeling great. Definitely your coach makes all the difference because a great one like Morgan is able to answer questions that come up and really guide you through the confusion that comes from the beginning, and then once you’ve got the hang of it she’s such a cheerleader!
Definitely agree with all of these! I have really really loved FWTFL and it has been such a game changer for me. I do wish I had, had a better coach though. Morgan sounds absolutely amazing – may have to join with her when I do round two.
xo Laura Leigh
Same here girl and I’m only on week 3 (or 4? I legit can’t remember lol) and I’ve just noticed that I feel full, don’t feel like Im missing things and yet am slimming down so Im just beyond thrilled. And yes- Morgan is the SWEETEST human. If you have any questions about her email me and I’ll answer. She’d love to have you for whenever you do round two! If you want to check her out shes @morganmoyer on IG!
I’ve heard so many people raving about this diet! I personally love intermittent fasting and pair that with my Keto supplements every morning to keep me trimmed down!
It’s been so interesting to try out!! I’m eager to see what the next three weeks bring. And ahh ya I saw your keto supplements on your blog; I’ve been meaning to order some!
4 out of the 5 things are CLEARLY listed before signing up. The only thing not clear is your coach.
Not sure where you read the 4 before, but that’s great that you already had that info. I didn’t when I started so am happy to share my thoughts and experience with others who may be interested.
This is super helpful! Thanks so much for pulling this all together! I just signed up today – but used this resource as a way to make my final decision!
Aw I’m so glad you found it helpful!! Good luck with the program!!
Hi! I have two questions about FWTFL… I found FWTFL by Searching “Intermittent Fasting and Carb Cycling” in my browser. Since then I have been researching (which is how I found you!). For personal reasons, I don’t do any social media. 1. Can I still sign up and participate in FWTFL without joining Facebook? Also, I’m already doing IF and counting Macros using “Macros” app. 2. Can I use a different app beside My Fitness Pal with FWTFL?
Hey! Thanks so much for finding me and taking the time to leave a comment! To answer your questions:
1) Yes! It will be harder (i think) because you loose the accountability and group encouragement. Plus, it’s how your coach tracks your macros (you send screenshots) so they can help you adjust each day to make sure you’re doing well and feeling great. That said, you could chat with your coach about just texting them or emailing them your daily updates and hopefully they’d be cool with that. I’m sure my coach Morgan would be able to make something work.
2) I think you have to use My Fitness Pal because again it’s how your coach guides you and helps adjust you as you go along. It’s a free app so it should be pretty easy to throw the data from your macros app into it.
Hope that helps!
Which Morgan? I’d like to learn more about her as a coach
Hey! Her last name is Moier! Her coach page is linked in the post under sign up here. You can also click here to check her out. (scroll to the bottom of that page and you’ll see her. You can also check out her instagram – you can message her with any questions and just let her know you found her through me (Lee) and she’ll get back to you ASAP. She’s lovely!