In July 2018, a few months after having our second baby, I joined a fitness program called the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. It’s a 6 week program (plus 1 intro/Prep Week), and I did two rounds of it. I wanted to both lose the baby fat from having two kids and get stronger. My body felt really soft after having two kids, and I constantly was trying to flex muscles just to make sure I still had any ?. After two 6-week rounds, I lost a total of 16-17 inches all my body! The crazy part was that I did not kill myself working out (honestly, I scarcely worked out) and that I never felt like I was deprived of food. I had such great results with FASTer Way and I’ve been talking about it ever since!
I’ve written several blog posts about it, but I’ve consolidated all the info to this ONE page so that you don’t have to sift through four blog posts to find your questions answered!
BTW, this post is not sponsored in any way by FASTer Way to Fat Loss, nor did I get to try the program for free. I registered for both rounds myself. However, I can earn a referral commission if you sign up through one of the links provided here (as can you if you do the program and love it!) If this post inspires you or helps answer some of your questions in any way, I would be so appreciative if you signed up through one of my links! Thank you! P.S. As a thank-you for signing up through me, I email all of my referrals a log of what I ate during my first round to help you out. Scroll all the way down for more info.
Also, I am not any official type of FASTer Way representative. I’m just someone who went through the program just like everyone else, and I’m answering based on my experience of it. If you are ever unsure of anything, email [email protected] for accurate info.
What It Is
It’s a strategic program that combines intermittent fasting, carb cycling, macro counting, and strategically paired workouts so that you are working smarter, not harder. If those terms make you dizzy, I’ll answer them in the Q&A below!
Why I Was Hopeful and Skeptical
I was both very hopeful and somewhat skeptical going into it. I was hopeful because I’d seen many other people’s transformations firsthand. In my first blog post about FASTer Way, I shared my backstory about how I had wanted to do this program–and even signed up–a year prior to actually doing it. But I found out I was pregnant with Ella and had to cancel. I waited through the duration of pregnancy and a few months postpartum until I could finally do the program! That whole year, I watched other people’s transformations and couldn’t wait to not be pregnant anymore to finally do it.
I also saw the transformation firsthand: One of my best friends–I told her about it back in December 2017 when I was still pregnant and waiting to do it. For 5 years I watched her try to lose weight after having 3 kids. We were on a walk together and stopped for a bit to let our kids explore. My friend started furiously working out in the downtime while I stood there 5 months pregnant. It dawned on me that for the last 5 years she had been working out for an hour a day with minimal results. I told her about FWTFL , and she signed up immediately. After her first 6-week round she CRUSHED it! She lost 20 inches (!!!) by working out less than she had been–just smarter. And more importantly, some ongoing hormonal and thyroid problems she’d been battling got fixed! I was SO happy for her! It also made me even more hopeful that if she could do it–someone who I’d witnessed work out for an hour a day for 5 years with little results–it could likely work for me.
However, I was skeptical because I had already been doing intermittent fasting and was relatively conscious of what I ate. I mean, I definitely ate ice cream often and California burritos once in a while, but I am reasonably in tune with nutrition, how much protein, carbs, calories, etc., are in foods, and was conscious of balancing them. I wondered, “I’m already doing intermittent fasting and eating low-carb most days. I’m already doing elements of what FWTFL does–how much more effective could this program be?” I jumped in hopeful but also skeptical.
While doing the program, my skepticism actually grew because I felt like I was eating more than ever some days! Coming from a low-carb lifestyle to eating tons of proper carbs was weird, a little scary, and sometimes a discipline. Some days I felt like I was eating CONSTANTLY! I thought, “Umm…how is this going to work?”
But it turns out that intermittent fasting alone wasn’t enough. A low-carb lifestyle wasn’t enough. It’s the strategic way that FASTer Way combines intermittent fasting, low carb days, and macro nutrition that is so effective. Plus it strategically pairs different nutrition days with types of workouts. All of those cylinders firing at once is so, so, so important and led to great results!
After my 1st round when I lost my first 7-8 inches around my body. I used to not wear this top because it’s VERY thin and it showed every lump of my extra belly weight.
What I Love About FWTFL
What I love about this program is that it’s strategic and effective, like I mentioned.
Also, you don’t have to workout for a billion hours a day. There are 3 types of workouts you can do (At-Home, Beginner, and Gym–I’ll answer more about workouts in Q&A below!) Benson did the At-Home workouts and I did the Beginner workouts. At-Home workouts took around 40min and Beginner workouts averaged 20min. We worked out 5 days per week, resting for two days. Some people don’t do the workouts at all and only focus on nutrition their first round and still see crazy results. During my 2nd round I barely worked out and still saw great results.
I got stronger–without killing myself in workouts. I said this in first blog post about FASTer Way. There was a moment about 3 weeks into my 1st round when Addie (now 4 years old) was struggling and asked to be held/carried. Prior to FASTer Way to Fat Loss I hadn’t been able to carry her for more than 30 seconds since she’s so big now, but this time I carried her for over a quarter of a mile without struggling AT ALL. I turned to Benson and was like, “WHOA, look at me! I’m not even tired yet!” A QUARTER OF A MILE, you guys!
It’s flexible. I was able to eat some treats, indulge a little, and still see results! During my 1st round, we had tons of parties and family in town so I was not always tight on my nutrition. Due to lots of parties and family in town over the last 6 weeks, I was not always tight on my nutrition. We had parties with catered Filipino food with tons of leftovers. I took visiting friends and family out for a lot of tacos and burritos, cuz when friends visit San Diego, they MUST EAT MEXICAN FOOD! 😀 There was a LOT of stuff going on. I tried to fit all those less healthy foods into my nutrition plan as best as I could, but my diet could definitely have been tighter. That’s to say even fudging things a bit, I saw results! Plus, on a particular workout day, the program encourages you to eat a treat like a donut or drink some wine! It’s really reassuring to know you don’t have to be perfect on this program for it to be super effective! (Though still, I would not recommend fudging thing as much as I did, obviously. Hahaha. Just saying there is some wiggle room, and when you can’t always be on lock down, try to be tight on nutrition the next day.)
My Advice If You’re Doing the Program
Prioritize nutrition above the workouts. I think the founder of FWTFL has said something like it’s 80% about the nutrition and 20% workouts. There are tons of people who don’t do the workouts at all and focus on eating and see better results than mine.
The first 3-ish weeks are CONFUSING, but keep going. Tracking macros is the most confusing part, IMO. It can honestly be overwhelming. Don’t let that make you quit. Remember this thing is only 6 weeks long, so push through it and figure out the macros. Doing that hard work will set you up for life!
Keep at it for the whole 6 weeks, and don’t get discouraged. Other people will start saying they’re experiencing crazy transformations in like Week 2 or something. But I saw almost NO transformation until the beginning of Week 6! The FWTFL founder also says it can take up to 6 weeks to transform your body from a sugar-burning machine to a fat-burning machine, which is why the program is 6 weeks. I needed those 6 weeks! If I had quit at Week 4 I wouldn’t have seen these results.
After my 2nd round–I’d lost another 5-6 inches all around for a total of 16-17 inches after two rounds!
There were SO.MANY.QUESTIONS. about it, so here are my answers! I used one of those FAQ types of things where you can click on a question below to expand and read my response. That way this post isn’t a billion miles long! 😀
Also, remember I am not any official type of FASTer Way representative. I’m just someone who went through the program just like everyone else, and I’m answering based on my experience of it. If you are ever unsure of anything, email [email protected] for accurate info!
Food: Recipes, Nutrition, & Macros
Get My Food Journal!
I want to thank you for how sweet and thoughtful you’ve been to sign up through my referral link! Also, since the #1 thing I wished for when I signed up was for someone to show me what they ate everyday, I put together a food journal and share it with anyone who has/will sign up with me.
CAVEATS CAVEATS CAVEATS ?:
It’s just from my 1st round. It won’t have all 6 weeks. It’s not a pretty doc. You might not like what I eat. It’s not supposed to be prescriptive for you–all our nutrition/macros/portions will be different!!! I’m just showing you what I ate to give you ideas. I also figured out some “food formulas” that are similar to my outfit formulas which has made it a lot easier for me to figure out the puzzle pieces. I hope it helps somehow!
I’m not going to post it on the blog because it will not make sense unless you are doing the program and understand the FASTer Way nutritional framework. Also it gives away the entire program for free, which I don’t think is really fair to FASTer Way.
How to Get It
If you already signed up or will sign up through me, I’m given your email address as one of my referrals. I simply export all your email addresses and send the doc. If you want it, make sure you sign up through my link to be on my list. If you don’t get an email from me by Day 2 of Prep Week, that means you didn’t show up on my list. You can email [email protected] to let them know, and they will put you on my list.
I’ll send the doc on the start date of every round to whoever’s on my referral list.* I know that SOUNDS “too late” for some, but DON’T WORRY! The start date is just the beginning of Prep Week–a week where you aren’t expected to do the program yet. Your sole job that week is to get acquainted with the materials, come up with a plan, and prepare. You’ll have my food log right as prep week begins, and it’s better to have it after you’ve read all the FWTFL material first anyway! Then you’ll know what the heck I’m talking about in the doc. Thanks again if you sign up through me!
There are always new rounds opening, so you will always have a chance to sign up! Reserve a spot HERE!