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If you haven’t heard of FASTer Way to Fat Loss… its okay. I just learned about it recently too! After 2 successful rounds I have a  pretty good handle on how it all works and wanted to answer several questions I have been getting about the program! Another round is starting soon!!  Join us here – if you do make sure to let me know! We can do it together.. I am planning to do another round after this one.

So what is the program you’re doing?

It’s called Faster Way to Fat Loss  and it is a 6 week challenge where you will practice Intermittent Fasting, Carb Cycling and Tracking Macros.  I am mostly excited to learn about how I can live a healthier lifestyle with how i eat and how I exercise that will carry me well beyond the 6 weeks!  I also hope to find help with balancing proper hormone function with the Intermittent Fasting.  Here is a little info on the 3 categories that make up this program. I will share my results at the end of the program! Wish me luck!

What is Intermittent Fasting?

IF is not a type of diet, but an eating schedule. I repeat.. NOT A DIET.  You will confine your eating to a shorter window throughout the day, allowing our bodies to enter into the fasted state. Your body is always in one of two state: fed or fasted.  When your body is in the fed state, your body’s insulin levels make burning fat a challenge. However, in the fasted state 8-12 hours after your body finishes digesting, your insulin levels are lower and it easier to reach into your fat store. I break my fast around noon every day and stop eating around 8pm.  This is something i have been doing way before i started doing this, isn’t it funny how that works?!

What is Carb Cycling?

Carb Cycling is alternating carb intake.  Carb cycling allows for planned high carb days that increase your thyroid output and help you control hunger.  Because you are cycling your carbs, you will also have low carb days that will offset your high carb days.  Carb cycling will help your body store less fat as well as improving your insulin levels. When you are pair intermittent fasting, carb cycling and the workouts provided, you can break the typical plateau that so many of us hit when we are striving to lose a few extra pounds!

What are Macros?

Macros are your proteins, carbs, and fats.  Each day you will use MyFitnessPal app to keep track of your Macros. This app will allow you to add your food and it will calculate your Macros for you.  Don’t let this overwhelm you, once you get started it will start to make sense!

Can you drink wine? Yes! Wine/alcohol is not encouraged on the program, but as long as you can fit it in your macros, it’s a go! Since I am making this program a LIFESTYLE and NOT a DIET.. I haven’t cut it out.. because I love wine and it’s my “treat” of choice!  I cut it out during the week and save it for the weekends (1-3 glasses a week) and this works for me! Find what works for you to stay within your daily macros. Remember, this is a lifestyle!

What are the workouts like?  There is one day of HIIT, one day of sprints.. and everyday includes very easy cardio (jogging, walking, elliptical). Most of the exercises are more like squats, weights, lunges etc. But everything can be done at home if you don’t belong to a gym. There is a specific set of workouts for – beginners, at home, and gym which makes this program so do able no matter what stage of life you are in!

Do you workout during your fast period or after? You can do either! I prefer to do fasted workouts.. I feel like I have more energy and mental clarity, but again, goes back to what works best for you and your schedule!

***Little update: I completed 2 rounds from August-October and fell off the wagon through the holidays.. but February 1st I start m 3rd round.. super excited to share my results with you!!!

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