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What Makes The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Different?

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I know you’ve seen the advertisements everywhere... Join this program, it’ll change your life!  Sign up for that new diet, it’s guaranteed to work!  Join this new studio for mind-blowing results! So when you heard about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® you couldn’t help but wonder how it’s different from every other program offering the same thing—real health and better fitness.  

But… is it really better?  Faster? More complete?

I’ll level with you.  The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is the best program on the market today, but it’s not just the workouts and nutrition that make it better (although you won’t find our cutting-edge strategies anywhere else).  What it boils down to, strange as it may sound, is the core values we live and promote in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® community.

At the FASTer Way we firmly believe in equipping and empowering as many people as possible to enjoy their BEST health, be their BEST selves, and truly make the world a BETTER place.  We see mothers stepping out of overwhelm, better able to care for themselves and their families. We see grandparents that finally have the energy to enjoy adventures with their grandkids.  We see coaches who are helping people achieve the best health of their lives while creating an income that supports their families and helps them create a life of their dreams.

And all of this is built on the foundation of our four core values: Bold Action, Integrity, Excellence, and Generosity.  Each one has a very important role in our company, and these values are what truly set us apart from every other program out there!


 
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Bold Action

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is the premier virtual Intermittent Fasting nutrition and fitness program.  While Intermittent Fasting isn’t new, there are many approaches to practicing “IF.” But (and this is a big but), there are only a few strategies for safely incorporating fasting without having a detrimental effect on hormones. Having consulted with naturopathic physicians, dieticians—and having studied nutrition myself—I created a program that doesn’t focus solely on food or fitness, but instead marries the two in a way that optimizes thyroid function, works with underlying health issues (instead of just making them worse), and specifically targets holistic health.

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® runs in six-week increments, and we encourage clients to participate in two rounds to fully implement the lifestyle. During the first round, clients are introduced to Intermittent Fasting, Carb Cycling, and whole food nutrition, and taught how to pair it with a truly unique workout cycle.  Clients are not only taught to eat the right foods at the right time and for the right reasons, but to maximize it through highly effective exercise that give truly amazing results.

It takes six weeks to really understand and implement the strategies, so we encourage clients to do a second round to really solidify their new habits and practice what they’ve learned (and grown to love!). This second round truly turns it into a lifestyle.

After completing two rounds of the program, women have the option of joining our VIP community, which runs every month.  This is an exclusive upper-level group.  Each month we dive into a different health-related topic and invite specialists and industry leaders to give us insight into their areas of expertise. Our clients absolutely THRIVE in this incredibly supportive community. Not only are these women reaching their health and wellness goals, preventing disease, and fulfilling their purpose, they are connecting with each other, cheering for wins, supporting through trials, and learning and growing together.  It’s a true community filled with friendship and value.

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Integrity

While so many in the health and wellness industry are out to become a household name, our business model is aimed at spreading a wealth of knowledge to communities, churches, families, and friends. Our goal is for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® to be an online community that provides immense value to physical communities. We don’t require clients to purchase any additional products to fully participate in the program, and we genuinely want every single person to take this program and create a sustainable lifestyle that will help individuals AND families.

The way we measure success speaks to what we truly value.  The FASTer Way teaches clients to ditch the scale because the number on the scale does little more than tell you your relationship with gravity. Instead, we look at what defines true health.  How energized do you feel?  Are you sleeping 8 hours and feeling rested?  How hydrated are you? What are your blood panel results like?  Do you know your cortisol number? What’s your thyroid function like?  

Discovering how much these questions (and their answers) matter helps our clients learn what real health FEELS like.  Our clients have discovered how to build fat-burning muscle and optimize their body’s systems. In fact, we talk a lot about fat and muscle in the program, but we move past the “weight” conversation. We celebrate non-scale victories, and discover that health is so much more than what we’ve been taught to believe.

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Excellence

At the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® we are passionate about providing the highest level of quality and excellence to each and every one of our clients. My team and our community of certified coaches are highly skilled, passionate about the clients we serve, and committed to providing the best possible experience for everyone who is introduced to our brand.

Because of overwhelming interest in participating in the FASTer Way on a deeper level, we have developed a coaching certification program. This allows fitness and health professionals to spread the FASTer Way to their own clients and communities. The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® certification is accredited by two of the largest sports science associations in the United States (NASM and AFAA).

As the program grows, we have begun holding coach recruiting events to simplify the process of explaining the coach opportunity and offering clients a chance to start the interview process.  We receive hundreds of applications, but we accept only a limited number. We have a thorough screening process and we strive to make sure that only those who are genuinely passionate about the program and are capable of effectively coaching others are certified as FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coaches.

Here at the FASTer Way, we value loyalty.  Once a client joins with a coach, they will stay with that coach for the duration of their program experience.  In other words, we do not allow coach swapping. This removes any element of competition within our coach community, and deepens our commitment to providing the best possible experience for each client.  Our coaches receive regular trainings and updates, and are given all the tools they need to succeed...which only helps our clients succeed.

We aren’t just thinking about our own clients when we look at the bigger picture.  We are thinking about the community at large, which is why we track (and cap) the number of coaches in each region.  We are aware that a lot of excitement about any program or product can fatigue any audience, so we work to prevent anyone from growing weary of “yet another one of those sales pitches.”  We truly want our community to be a positive experience for everyone who encounters it, whether they join or not.

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Generosity

The ultimate goal of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®l is not to make clients dependent on the program to maintain results or health. Instead, clients are empowered with strategies to create their own sustainable, healthy lifestyles.  Most of them are so passionate about the program that they can’t wait to share it with others they think would benefit as well.

Because we are equally passionate about creating win-win-win situations, clients can join our affiliate opportunity. Once they apply to become an affiliate after completing the program, they’re given an exclusive link to share with friends and family.  Affiliates earn a very generous commission, we are introduced to a new group of clients, and even more people change their health (and their lives!).  It’s a powerful win for everyone!

We look for wins everywhere, so my digital marketing agency, The Agency Side, works specifically to support our certified coaches for their best possible success. We offer a coach mentorship package to teach them business and marketing strategies to effectively scale their businesses.

At the FWTFL we live and encourage a culture of giving. Our company recently made a donation to a charitable organization for their exciting new initiative to further support cancer patients.  We, as a company and coach community, were touched by this experienced and inspired to continue.

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is truly unique in our mission, our values, and our passion.  We want each and every client to experience incredible health and optimal fitness—without the restrictions, fads, or runaround that are so prevalent. To start your journey to a FASTer Way Lifestyle, and experience the program that is truly like no other, join our next round here: www.fasterwaytofatloss.com.

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The FASTest Way To Success!​​​​​​​

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What do fitness, twins, and entrepreneurship have in common?  From the sound of it, not much, but if you ask Ali Brown, she’ll tell you that they have everything to do with each other!

Let me explain.  

My dear friend and business coach Ali Brown had never heard of me or the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® before I approached her last year about becoming a business coaching client.  (Ali is an incredible business mind… she has been featured on CNN.com, Forbes.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Business News Daily, The Huffington Post, Smart Business Los Angeles, and many more!)

Interestingly, she had never heard of Intermittent Fasting, but when she saw the explosive growth of the FASTer Way, she was definitely intrigued!  

It wasn’t just the business end of the FASter Way that got her attention, it was the  nutrition strategies as well. Ali had given birth to twins and, despite her background and passion for fitness, she wasn’t able to lose the pregnancy weight.  Ali says, “Since having my twins, I kind of settled into my new weight, thinking I would have to suffer incredibly to get back to my previous size, so I wasn’t interested in any of it.”

She decided to try some of the FASTer Way strategies and after two weeks she could already tell a difference.  Three months into it, she’d lost 25 pounds. She realized that she didn’t have to suffer in order to reach her goals!  That’s the magic of the FASTer Way, it’s accessible to everyone and the lifestyle is completely sustainable!

The FASTer Way was helping thousands of women become super fat burners by way of a proprietary system that combines intermittent fasting with Paleo eating, carb cycling, and rotating workouts (even for beginners). If it sounds intimidating, it was at first. But even doing most of the recommendations — I literally saw my body changing in the first two weeks! And I’m still going strong.
— ALI BROWN

You can hear more about Ali’s incredible story in our podcast interview.  It was such an honor to be on her show, and I’d love for you to listen!

Ali and I will hold a special Zoom meeting (listen to the podcast for all the details!), so be sure to register so you can join us.  Together, Ali and I will answer your questions so you can jumpstart your new health journey!  You’ll leave this meeting excited and inspired and ready to CRUSH your goals!

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What Clients are Saying about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is spreading quickly because once our clients experience incredible results through this sustainable lifestyle, they’re hooked and can’t get enough!  Not only that, our clients love to talk about how they did it and how others can see the same amazing results.

Even bloggers are jumping in with both feet and sharing what they love so much about the program!  I am truly honored and humbled each time someone shares the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, and I never get tired of seeing the amazing success my clients are having!

It’s not just the fat loss that gets me so excited, it’s the non-scale victories.  When my clients tell me they finally have the energy to play with their kids or grandkids, they’re fitting into clothes they never thought they’d wear again, they’re discovering a liberating new way to eat, and especially that they feel like themselves again… I feel so much gratitude!  I absolutely love hearing that my clients are doing such amazing things and living life the way they truly want to live it!

Have you ever had questions about the FWTFL?  Maybe you’ve wondered...

  • I'm busy/have toddlers/work a lot/have health issues/travel for work... etc... will this program work for me?
  • Is there a meal plan that I need to follow with this program?
  • You mentioned you did two rounds? If you can 'learn' the program in one session why pay for another?
  • Are treats, ice cream, sugar, wine and beer out forever? What about dairy and gluten?
  • How do I successfully eat out or travel while doing the program?

Then be sure to check out the adorable Jill from Good Life For Less! She’s sharing her experience, answering your questions, and sharing her progress photos!


 
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If you’re thinking, “I don’t need to sign up for this, I’m doing great on my current plan!,” then you might want to check out what Amy from A Cup Full of Sass has to say: “...before starting this program I thought I was in really good shape. I was eating healthy and working out at least 3 days a week. It wasn’t until starting this program that I realized I wasn’t at all what I thought I was.” I hear this all. the. time. from my clients.  They discover a whole new level of fitness they didn’t know they could achieve!

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And it’s not just my younger clients like Jill and Amy.  It works just as well if you’re a little more “seasoned” than the average client.  Beth is the perfect example! At age 59 she decided to give herself the gift of health and wanted to be in the best shape of her life by the time she turned 60.  She has done AMAZING things, so be sure to check out what she thinks about the program and see if she’s reached her goal!

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® isn’t a quick-fix gimmick that will depress hormone function, mess with your insulin, and end with rebound weight gain.  It’s not a diet or a calorie-restriction plan. It’s a lifestyle that will actually improve your health as you lose fat and weight. Since it’s a lifestyle, not a quick fix, you can keep it up forever without feeling deprived or frustrated!  Click here for more information or to register for the next round!  Better health starts now, join us to accelerate your success AND your health!

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How to find your Passion, fulfill your Purpose, and get Paid!!

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Our FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coaches get certified because they’re passionate about the program and want to share better health with others, but they love coaching the FASTer Way because it provides so much more than just a paycheck.  

FASTer Way coaches aren’t simply getting certified and then running a solo operation.  Our coaches are joining a supportive team that not only helps them grow their business, but is there to answer questions, offer advice, and provide a space where coaches connect as colleagues.  Many of our coaches have formed strong friendships with each other, and we LOVE seeing them meet up and expand their influence!

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The FWTFL community is like having a hundred women (and men) with the same goals cheering you on, wanting you to succeed and providing help when needed!
— Sarah Widener

Running an online business can get lonely, but our coach community solves that problem.  There is always someone there to help, answer questions, support you on a hard day, and rejoice with you when you succeed!

Being part of the FWTFL Coach Community is being part of a tribe of women with hearts of gold looking to spread love, encouragement, and health with the world around them.

The FWTFL team works hard to ensure that we have all the tools we need to succeed as a coach, and is quick to help and encourage us when we need it.
— Christy Cabán
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So even though being a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® certified is coach is so much more than a paycheck, I don’t want you to think that we don’t focus on helping you earn a significant income. We absolutely do! I truly believe this is the most powerful way to change the world—to equip and empower people to earn a significant income that they can recirculate to family, church, and community.

Just this year alone, I have been able to reach over 1000 women all over the world.

Being a FWTFL Coach has provided financial freedom. In this last year I have 10X my business and it continues to grow. I am so excited for what the future holds.

It brings me so much joy and purpose.
— Jenny Mire

One of the core values of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is generosity, and we take it seriously.  We truly want to change the world by allowing more people to be generous themselves, and support other businesses.  That’s why we offer an incredible compensation package that is truly changing lives!

In less than two months, I earned back my coaching certification investment. I have been able to bring over 50 clients through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® program and have seen these clients achieve amazing results. I have gained an increased knowledge of digital marketing especially within the social media platforms. I have also increased my confidence as a personal trainer with my new trainings and skills acquired as being a part of the FWTFL program. I have also seen significant financial gains that help allow me to stay home with my two boys.
— Marissa Corra
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This is exactly what gets me up every morning.  The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® isn’t just changing our clients’ lives, it’s changing our coaches’ lives, and I’m so inspired every day by the amazing things that are happening in this community!

The earning potential as a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coach is exponential.  I am on target for a six figure income this year!
— Vivian Gill

If you’re interested in learning more about the coaching opportunity, then be sure to add your name to the waitlist.  We open certification just a few times a year, so if you think it’s a good fit for you, don’t wait to sign up!

Sign up below!

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Coach Spotlight - Krystal Jones

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We are constantly amazed at the coaches in our FASTer Way to Fat Loss® community.  The hard work, the dedication, the passion...we are so inspired every day by what these women are doing!

One of the best things about our certified coaching opportunity is that you DON’T have to wait years before you start seeing big growth in your business. Did you know that most small businesses aren’t actually profitable in the first year? In fact, it typically takes the average business 2-3 years to reach profitability.  Our coaches make a small investment and almost immediately start seeing a big return!

We’re SO inspired by Krystal Jones, a certified coach who joined us earlier this year.  Just a few months after certification, she made back more than 3x her investment! Krystal said, “I have made over $10k! Yes, ya heard that right! In two rounds, I've made over $10K. Never anticipated to make back the investment so quickly.”

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® program is changing our clients’ health, but the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® certification is changing our coaches’ lives.  And that’s exactly why we get up in the morning!

Listen to what Krystal has to say about it!

Let me tell you, I wake up DAILY with this massive desire to do my job!  Nothing dreadful about it. My job has complete purpose, regardless of the money attached.  THAT is everything. I am held more accountable myself, and I LOVE that. I want excellence in my own health and wellness. NOT perfection, excellence. Being saturated in this lifestyle DAILY helps me make significant growth in my own education about what is BEST for my body.

When Krystal first joined the FWTFL as a client, she “LOVED” how empowered, educated and in control she felt. And she wanted to SHARE that with women everywhere.

Now, as a coach, Krystal says, “More than ANYTHING, I have helped EACH woman that I've trained grow either physically, mentally, or emotionally. I couldn't have done this without the FWTFL, without the team, without the coach group page. Endless amounts of gratitude.”

When we asked Krystal to describe the coaching community, she used these words:

  • Supportive
  • Understanding
  • Like-minded
  • Passionate

The best thing about this list is that these are the same traits Krystal (and all of our coaches!) brings to the table.  

These are strong, passionate women who come together to lift, support, cheer, help and connect with each other.  We have ZERO competition in our community because we’re careful to bring coaches in who share our abundance mentality.  This is completely unique in the fitness industry. We help each other succeed rather than see each other as competitors.

In fact, we want everyone to succeed, which is exactly why we put together a FREE guide called How to Scale Your Fitness Business the FASTer Way

Enter your information below to access the free guide!

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Learn the details behind growing a thriving company that feeds your passion and provides the lifestyle you want.  It’s the FASTest way to reach your business goals, so be sure to grab your free copy and get started on your new journey today!

What a company, what a team, what a mission and what purpose!  I'm blessed to be part of this and cannot wait to see where we go." -Krystal Jones

To join the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coaching opportunity waiting list, visit our website!  Because of overwhelming interest, we open interviews only a few times per year, so be sure to get on the list now.

 

Connect with Krystal Jones: Instagram | Facebook | Free Guide

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FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Reviews

You keep hearing about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, but you’re not really sure what it is.  Well, my friend, it’s time to clear things up! Check out these FASTer Way to Fat Loss® reviews. 

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is the premier online fasting nutrition and fitness program, and it’s taking the industry by storm!  The FASTer Way is endorsed by doctors, nurses, personal trainers, nutritionists, health advocates, fitness enthusiasts, and people who have tried every diet/challenge/fix/bet/obsession out there.  It’s not JUST because people are finally meeting their weight loss goals, but also because they are finally learning how to get—and stay—truly healthy.

 

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Bethany

“I have tried just about every program on the market. This is the only program I have ever found that creates a sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing results OR quality of life, for that matter! I have lost 24.5 INCHES and 13 pounds in 19 weeks! If you are debating whether or not it’s worth it, without a doubt, the answer is YES!” 

So many programs are just a temporary “fix” that might work for a few weeks, but really aren’t sustainable—which means any results you get really aren’t either.  That’s where the FASTer Way is different.  You’ll learn a new way to eat, a new way to exercise, and a new way to live your very best life!

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Melissa

“I was such a skeptic going into the FWTFL!  Even though many of my trusted friends had done it with success, I thought the program was asking too much and that I wouldn't be able to stick with it. I was simply afraid to fail! I was so wrong. I loved every aspect of what was asked of me...probably because there was no deprivation. I was actually often eating more food!

Going into it, I was especially afraid of intermittent fasting, but it was way more doable than I thought (previously being a total "breakfast revs up your metabolism" believer). It actually increased my energy and productivity, and combined with carb cycling, took all the guesswork out of how I should properly fuel my body.

I gained so much confidence in myself! And the workouts correlating directly to the daily nutrition provided motivation to do them since I was trying to eat the right foods, and vice versa. I had never been able to stay committed to an at-home strength training plan, but loved this one and looked forward to it...even after starting back to work and juggling the kiddos and activities! I have a 3-month-old who is exclusively breastfed, and my milk never dipped one bit (which was a huge goal of mine, to maintain my supply)! I also lost 15 inches and nearly all of my baby weight, but truly, the non-scale victories are equally rewarding for me!

I've found a new lifestyle that I love, that gives me confidence and faith in all that I can achieve when I put my mind to it!!!” 

 

This is EXACTLY why we wake up in the morning.  We want everyone to gain the confidence Melissa did.  You CAN get healthy. You CAN lose fat. You CAN feel like you again.  The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is helping people everywhere achieve their goals.  

But it’s not just weight loss goals.  Here at the FASTer Way, we are truly humbled to see lives changing in so many incredible ways.  Like this FASTer Way to Fat Loss® review, Michelle sums up what we hear all. the. time. from women in all kinds of different life situations:

 

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Michelle

"Managing financial boundaries for my family, working full time, prepping meals for my kids and squeezing in 3 workout classes a week—my life was already FULL. Was I ready to invest $200 and do more food prep?  I expected to be overwhelmed.

What I found instead, was a giant sense of empowerment to be an equal priority in my own life.

I didn't even realize the extent to which I had been letting myself come last (and feeling resentful of everyone else for it). Each week has been a new victory—the bloat melting off the first week, skin improving the next, today my HAIR is even better.  

The best part is that putting myself first through this has NOT been a burden on my family or anyone else—the thing I was most afraid of.  Much the opposite, I'm a happier me with MORE energy, MORE patience, BETTER time management. And having healthier food choices available to me has meant having them more available to my whole family.  I'm so excited to use what I am learning to help my entire family be healthier and happier from now on.

I so wish I had done this sooner; I really cannot thank you enough. 🙏🏼💛”

I’m sure you’ve seen the programs and products that showcase clients who have had amazing success… but then in tiny fine print they include the words “results not typical.”  Well, my friend, these results ARE typical.  We have seen thousands and thousands of clients trust the FASTer Way process and literally change their lives.

 

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Sonnie

“My biggest win from this program is overcoming the self doubt I had.  I talked negatively to myself all the time. That’s a constant struggle we women have!  I am learning to love my body and all that it’s capable of. That’s a victory I never had before. Thanks for this amazing program! FWTFL rocks! I feel anyone can follow this program.”

 

If you’d like to experience this kind of success, too, then join me for my next round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®.  Your family, your friends, your coworkers, and YOU deserve the best, healthiest, happiest version of you.  And you can get there the FASTer Way. Join the FASTer Way movement, see success, and be featured with your own FASTer Way to Fat Loss® review.

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Intermittent Fasting : Fad or Fact?

Intermittent Fasting isn’t a new concept, but it’s a fast-growing trend in both the health and fitness industries.  The physical results are impressive, but when you look at the health benefits, it’s no wonder everyone is getting on board with this strategy!


The act of fasting, or abstaining from food for a set time, is an ancient practice. Indeed it is still an important part of many cultures and religions today. It is used for bringing mental focus and spiritual clarity. However, fasting specifically for physical health, is a relatively new concept and it’s spreading fast because the results speak for themselves.  


After learning about the idea of Intermittent Fasting for fitness reasons, I decided to start trying it out 3 years ago. I experimented with different protocols and strategies to see what truly gave the best results without compromising health or safety.  I dialed in what was working best for myself and my clients; the results have been absolutely incredible!


Intermittent Fasting isn’t complicated, but many people simply aren’t sure what it is or the right way to do it. With the rising popularity of “IF” (as it’s referred to in the industry) has also come misinformation, and a lack of specific training in how to follow a healthy Intermittent Fasting strategy.



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5 Ways to Find Your Abs + Client Spotlight!

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Working with the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® coaching community has been absolutely incredible because of the diverse and insanely talented group of women with whom I’m privileged to work.  They all bring something unique to the table, and getting to know them is one of the best parts of my job. One of these amazing coaches is Emily!

Emily Copeland is a FASTer Way To Fat Loss® certified coach, a busy mom of 4, and a sign language interpreter.  Her mission is to empower women to take control of their health and wellness in order to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle for themselves AND their families!  In addition to coaching, Emily is a sign language interpreter and works for a local video relay company. She is a CODA (child of a deaf adult) and absolutely loves the deaf culture, so she is thrilled to bring coaching to hearing and deaf clients alike.

She loves working with women to help them lose weight, learn how to exercise properly, gain confidence, and transform their lives.  Want to know more about how Emily helps women get fit? Be sure to grab her free guide 5 Ways to Find Your Abs!

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Emily had to deal with some health issues last year that led her to strengthen her resolve to take better care of herself.  She found the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® and was hooked after her first round. She did a second round, this time with her husband joining the men’s group, and the rest is history!  She completed her coach certification and has been running FASTer Way groups ever since.

 

Emily told me, “Becoming a coach for the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® has transformed my life. Not only does it allow me to earn significant income for my family, but it allows me to share my passion for health and wellness.  The coaching community is extremely supportive and the certification process left me feeling empowered to set big goals and then crush them! The FASTer Way has allowed my husband to pursue his own goals which will bring huge changes for us in 2018, but without the income from running my own groups, it would never have been possible!”

 

One of the most valuable things Emily gained from the FASTer Way was an understanding of what her “healthy” habits were doing to her.  She was under-eating, over-exercising, and doing more harm than good in the process. She was able to gain sustainable nutrition strategies, a sustainable mindset, plus a better understanding of what real health is.  The focus on non-scale victories has, “helped me to achieve things I would have never thought possible!”

One of my favorite parts of Emily’s story is what she has to say about the change in her income!

 “I set some big goals for earning this year, but Q1 has already blown those out of the water. Being a FASTer Way Coach has given us the opportunity to make some career changes with confidence and security and allowed us to not only increase our income, but stop living month to month as well. We have been able to close our gaps towards financial freedom and look forward to what 2018 brings the rest of the year!”

Seeing women like Emily achieve big goals is the reason I get up every morning.  Are you ready to change your life through coaching certification? The FASTer Way community is growing quickly, and if you’d like to apply to be considered for certification, get on the waitlist now! 

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Coach Spotlight - Vivian Gill

Have you ever met a woman that made you think Wow, I want to be like her when I grow up!  If you haven’t yet, then get ready, because you’re about to!  Vivian Gill is a powerhouse professional and she’s doing amazing things and truly making a difference in the world!

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Vivian is married to her high school sweetheart and has four amazing, grown kids.  She’s s a registered nurse of 30 years and holistic wellness coach of 25 years, plus a NASM certified personal trainer and certified Somatic Coach.  Vivian has worked extensively with clients in crisis, coping with catastrophic illness and the end of life, and in caring for the family when faced with chronic illness.  If you’re not impressed yet, I should also tell you that Vivian has a Masters in Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching and is passionate about coaching women to be their “best self so they can lead a joy-filled life.  Wow!! 

Vivian tells us, “My passion is to empower women to take control of their lives, starting with their health and fitness.  I firmly believe that when we truly feel well, we are able to give so much more of ourselves to family, church and community—and we can serve with a sense of joy and love instead of obligation.”

I am so honored that Vivian has chosen to become a FASTer Way To Fat Loss® certified coach.  She has had an incredible reach and has touched so many clients’ lives! One way she’s introducing people to a healthier lifestyle is with her free guide to carb cycling.  Check it out if you’ve ever wondered what it is and why you’d want to do it! 

The FASTer Way To Fat Loss is gaining momentum FAST and Vivian is a true leader in our community.  She chose the FASTer Way because, “It is the ONLY holistic lifestyle program in the marketplace, it's simple and IT WORKS! No deprivation, no dieting and I am so passionate about empowering women to find food FREEDOM and learn how to strategically exercise for fat loss results.”

Some of the other reasons Vivian loves the FASTer Way are:

  • It’s backed by solid science, which is important to her as a nurse

  • It bridges the gap between healthcare and fitness

  • She can reach women all over the world

  • She’s part of a strong community of like-minded professionals

  • The income potential is exponential—she’s on track for a 6-figure income this year!

We get a lot of feedback from our coaches that the community is one of their favorite aspects.  Vivian said it perfectly. Her comments were, “We have embraced the "better together" mentality and work to uplift and support each other. There is zero competition with each female entrepreneur using her gifts and talents to elevate our team. No pettiness, competition, gossip, backbiting, the ultimate professionals with integrity! We truly desire to see each other succeed! This is completely unique in the fitness industry! This leadership mindset comes from Amanda and her team and is WHY I chose to partner with the FASTer Way To Fat Loss®.” 

I couldn’t have said it better myself!  If you want to see for yourself what our coaches are so excited about, visit our information page and sign up for a screening call.  Let’s find out if the FASTer Way coaching opportunity is the right fit! 

For your daily dose of food and fitness inspiration, follow Vivian on Facebook and Instagram (you’ll love her workout videos)!

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Coach Spotlight - Jenny Mire

Real heroes don’t wear capes, they wear workout tanks and leggings.  At least, that’s what I’ve found in working with some of the most talented trainers in the fitness industry!  I’m in awe when I see the incredible changes they’re helping women make in their health and their lives.

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Jenny Mire is one of these heroes!  She’s a certified personal trainer and the creator of Think Fit Method™ which is an eight-week, self-paced, online course to help you conquer mindset, negative self-talk, emotional eating and self-sabotage on your journey to weight loss. She is also a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® certified coach, leading women through a 7-week fat loss bootcamp once they have conquered their mindset!

Jenny has a degree in Counseling, Educational, and Developmental Psychology, which she used in her development of Think Fit Method™. She hasn’t always been fit and healthy, but after years of struggle, and having three kids under the age of 4, something in her changed. With the support of her husband, Jenny began the process of changing her health through weight training and proper nutrition, as well as hours of research on the two topics. In 2014, after 10 years in the social work and mental health industry, she stepped away to pursue a new found passion in fitness. This is when she purchased a local gym and began personal training both at the gym and online. Now, three years later, she is passionate about teaching women the proper steps to change their health, starting with mindset!

She’s even written two free guides to help women get started on their journey:

Why Your Own Mind Is Making You Fat

The Comprehensive Guide To Fat Loss

Jenny chose to become a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® certified coach because, “It works. As simple as that.... IT WORKS!  It is not like all the other diets out there—because it’s not a diet at all. This is truly a lifestyle that is changing people's lives. The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® gives people FREEDOM from food and I love teaching my clients how to do this. That, combined with proper and strategic exercise, is changing lives.”

Since becoming a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach in early 2017, Jenny has been able to reach more women than she ever thought possible. Her passion and dreams were to work with women all over the world and teach them a better way of life when it comes to their health—and the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® has allowed her to do just that.

But that’s not all!  Since becoming a FASTer Way coach, Jenny’s business income has tripled within the past year!  That’s pretty incredible no matter what business you’re in.

As a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach, one of the most valuable things Jenny has gained is a sense of community with like-minded women who all have a passion to help others within the coach community. She loves it because, “There is no competition or pettiness that goes on.  We all support each other 100%. This is not something I had experienced before (especially working in any MLM or Network Marketing Company). Having Amanda and the other professionals in the field that support you day in and day out is priceless!”

I am SO inspired by Jenny and the amazing success she’s seen by following her passion and a solid plan.  We are honored to work with incredible businesswomen like Jenny. Click here if you’re interested in knowing more about becoming a FASTer Way to Fat Loss coach and how we can help you turn your passion for fitness into a successful business.

Working with Amanda Tress and The Agency Side has truly changed my life and my business; I would not be where I am today without them!”

~Jenny Mire

 

Connect with Jenny for more inspiration!  You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Coach Spotlight - Tessa Guevara

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Coach Spotlight - Tessa Guevara

I’m inspired every. single. day. by the incredible women in my business mentorship program. These women are leaders in their industries and experts at what they do. They hustle hard and strive to provide incredible programs and services that empower their clients.  

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Working with these women is truly my greatest passion, and empowering them to earn significant income is what my business mentorship is all about. It’s really incredible when I’m able to connect my followers with the women responsible for changing the health and wellness industry.

One of these amazing ladies is Tessa Guevara.  Tessa is a FASTer Way To Fat Loss® Coach and a CRNA (that’s a nurse anesthesiologist…it’s okay, I had to Google it, too), and is currently studying to be a Functional Nutritionist.  She is crazy passionate about helping women be or discover the best versions of themselves, and getting healthy from the inside out.

In fact, Tessa has two fantastic FREE guides!  You can grab How to Eat More and Weigh Less or her Meal Prep Guide to start transforming your health right now!

If you’re ready for the next step, Tessa can help with that, too!  She offers two online programs. Check out 4 Weeks to Wellness and the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® on her website!

Here’s another reason Tessa is so inspiring.  She is passionate about female hormonal changes, which is one of the many reasons she loves being a FASTer Way coach.  She says, “The program is 100% hormone-healthy and supportive of women just like me. I also love the focus on whole-food nutrition, which is vital to feeling great and energetic.”

Tessa has done an incredible job growing her business. Utilizing The Agency Side and my Business Mentorship program, Tessa has seen some incredible success. Here’s what she has to say about working with my team:

“I cannot say enough about The Agency Side and how their support has helped me be a better person in so many ways. They have helped me to stand up, be heard and be seen. To speak regardless of whether people listened, to think about the issues of others, and they’ve pushed me—waaaaayyyy out of my comfort zone—to solve the issues, because they knew I could. Their belief in me has made me believe that I can make a difference and influence the health of others. I could not be more grateful. In fact, I daily think of the team and how grateful I am to be in contact with them.”

I’m grateful for incredible clients like Tessa, and I LOVE watching her succeed!

Connect with Tessa on Facebook and Instagram!

If you’re interested in leveling up in YOUR business the FASTer Way, check out the FASTer Way To Fat Loss® Certification by clicking here!

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What are MACROS and Why Do We Track Them in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss?

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What are MACROS and Why Do We Track Them in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss?

Have you ever wondered what macros are and why you should care about them?  Macros are more than just a popular buzzword. They’re a strong foundation for a healthy lifestyle, and they’ll help you hit your goals faster and more effectively.

 

What Are Macros?

Macronutrients (or macros) are the molecules our bodies need to grow and be active. We use these molecules as energy to do work on a cellular, tissue, organ, and organismal level. This energy helps us break down nutrients, repair damaged cells, grow new cells, and more. Macronutrients are broken down into three basic categories: carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

Clients of the FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ learn how to track macros right away.  This is not a “calories in, calories out” program because that simply isn’t enough.  We eat the right macronutrients at the right time (through Intermittent Fasting) and for the right reasons.

We not only track our macros in FWTFL, but we also cycle our carbs and fats.  This may sound a little overwhelming, but it’s actually a very simple practice of varying our carbohydrate intake each week to maximize the body’s ability to burn fat.

 

How Do Macros Work?

The carbs, fat and protein we eat on a daily basis have a big impact on our bodies.  For optimal health, you need to fuel your body with the correct fuel. You wouldn’t fill your car’s gasoline tank with diesel fuel, so treat your body with the same care.  

Here’s how it all fits together!

Carbohydrate metabolism: Carbs are the primary fuel source for the body.  Most people love to eat carbs (any bread junkies here??), which usually leads to overeating of carbs.  It may sound like a good thing to have a little extra energy for the body, but when the body can’t use it, all those excess carbs are stored as fat.     

Avoid excess carbs if you want to avoid fat accumulation.

Fat metabolism:  Fat contains much more chemical energy than carbohydrates or proteins, which is why our bodies use fat to store excess energy when we overeat.  We are wired to store fat (energy) for a future time when we’ll need it, but modern society has evolved in such a way that we have less natural opportunity to utilize that stored energy.  If we want to use our fat stores, we first need to deplete the carbohydrates we use for quick energy, which is exactly why we cycle our carbs. We intentionally deplete our carb stores so the body can dip into its fat stores.  This is when you’ll start seeing real results in your fat loss journey!

Protein metabolism: Proteins are used for fuel—only if the body is in starvation mode.  A lot of trainers approach me with hesitation about trying the FWTFL because they’re afraid of losing muscles mass through Intermittent Fasting.  The opposite, in fact, is true. IF helps with the maintenance of muscle mass. However, if you’re not eating enough protein, your body WILL go into starvation mode and you will start to lose muscle mass, which is exactly why we track protein.

The way we cycle our carbs is a key element of the FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ program.  We have low-carb days (we eat low carb and high fat with moderate protein). We have regular-macro days (we balance our macros, which is TYPICALLY 50% carbs, 30% fat, 20% protein)—this helps rev up thyroid function with an adequate amount of carbs.  We also have low-macro days (we drop down on calories a bit), and we have occasional 24-hour fast days.

Most people will start out using the typical proportions, but be aware that as you progress on your fitness journey, you’ll need to adjust your macros.  The real question is when and how, which we cover in detail in the FWTFL program! We make it very simple to track macros and accessible even to beginners.  If you’re interested in more information or signing up for the next round, click here!

 

Are you on Instagram?  Share our new hashtag #macrogansta when you’re posting about your daily macros or nutrition!  (And if you aren’t following along, let’s be friends!)

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Top Three Surprising Reasons My Clients Aren’t Losing Weight

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Top Three Surprising Reasons My Clients Aren’t Losing Weight

Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss journey?  You’re doing all the right things, but you’re not seeing the results you expect?  You are not alone! You could be affected by one of the top 3 reasons my clients aren’t losing weight.

Now, let’s be clear.  When I say “lose weight” I really mean “burn fat” because that’s the ultimate goal.  Weight loss isn’t a good indicator of health, but it’s common terminology, so just know that when we say weight loss here, we’re really talking fat loss.

These are the three most common problems we observe with stalled results, but we’re not here to diagnose.  If you suspect you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor!

 

Top 3 Reasons My Clients Aren’t Losing Weight

 

1. Suboptimal Thyroid Function

Suboptimal thyroid function is affecting millions of people, and most of them don’t even know it.  Of the 200 million people worldwide who have it, 25 million of those are American, and 60% are undiagnosed!  So if you have it, there’s a good chance you don’t know.

We are seeing epidemic levels of hypothyroidism, even for women in their 30s.  This is a huge challenge, especially in light of how much stress we are under on a daily basis.  If you consider a typical woman, she’s having babies, raising kids, doing insane workouts and undereating long term (which causes the body to think it’s in starvation mode).  

This isn’t your fault.  We’ve been taught by the wellness industry that we should do 6–7 intense workouts every week, eat with a calorie deficit, and eat mini meals (so you’re never truly satiated).

When you eat mini meals every 2 hours and do insane workouts every day, something is going to break, and it’s your thyroid.  

When the thyroid isn’t working properly, it stops producing T3 (the hormone that controls growth, metabolism, body temp, heart rate, etc.), or starts converting T4 to T3, which tells the body that we’re either starving or running from danger.  This is a good thing if you’re truly starving or actually running from danger! But the body isn’t meant to be in this state all the time, only for short periods, and it takes a huge toll on us when we can’t get those levels to normalize.

If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, having a hard time losing weight, getting sick all the time, run down or burned out, talk to your doctor.  You could be experiencing suboptimal thyroid function or adrenal fatigue.

If you suspect your thyroid is functioning suboptimally, ask your doctor to do a full thyroid panel. Just a TSH doesn’t diagnose Hashimoto’s or an overabundance of Reverse T3, which are becoming more and more common.  A lot of my clients will get their thyroid checked and assume they’re fine because their results came back “normal,” so they think it can’t be the reason they’re not losing weight.  What they may not realize is that they aren’t seeing the whole story without that full panel, and things may not be functioning optimally.


 

2. Leaky Gut

You hear me talk about probiotics all the time.  This is why! Leaky Gut is a major issue, but it’s an uncomfortable topic for a lot of people to talk about, so it often gets ignored.

Leaky gut occurs when the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged (and therefore permeable), causing undigested food particles, toxins and and bacteria to “leak” through the the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

This causes chronic inflammation in the body, which in turn causes A LOT of problems.  We won’t get into all the details here (it’s a HUGE topic!), but when you’re living with chronic inflammation, the body simply can’t lose weight.

 

“There’s a relationship between obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes, and I believe that inflammation and leaky gut are the key players in this metabolic epidemic.”  

 

Having healthy gut bacteria is crucial to maintaining a normal weight and functional metabolism. A clean diet is key to a healthy gut, but you also need to add probiotics into your diet on a daily basis.  

Great sources of probiotics include:

  • Fermented veggies (sauerkraut, kimchi, etc)

  • Kefir (milk or water)

  • Kombucha

  • Tempeh

  • Yogurt

  • Raw cheese

 

If it’s tough to eat enough probiotic-rich foods everyday, then consider a supplement.  My clients ask me all the time what I recommend, and if you’re looking for a great probiotic supplement as well, check out Just Thrive Probiotics.  I’ve taken it for years and I love it for its quality and effectiveness!

 

3. You’re Not Eating the Right Macros

Eating the right macros is an important part of your fat loss journey.  The average person needs to consume a ratio of 50% carbs, 30% fat and 20% protein, but if you hit a plateau in your progress, you may need to increase your protein consumption.

Diets higher in protein burn the most fat, so if you want to change your body composition, you have to eat enough protein, lift weights, and do sprints.

The FASTer Way To Fat Loss™ incorporates all of these strategies, in addition to intermittent fasting and carb cycling.  In fact, the main reason we utilize low-carb days is to focus on protein!

One of the biggest challenges of eating the right ratio of macros is getting the correct amount of carbs every day!  We tend to over-consume carbs, and that’s a problem because your body is going to store it as fat.

If you’re eating the correct proportions of macros, your body will have the fuel it needs to burn fat and lose weight.  Too much of the wrong fuel will stall your results.

Track your macros daily so you know what you should be eating!  I like to use the free version of MyFitnessPal because it’s simple and fast.
 

Addressing these issues is key to solving your stalled progress.  I know you work hard and eat clean, so make sure your thyroid, gut and protein are all in check so you can crush your goals!  

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The Best Time of Day to Work Out

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The Best Time of Day to Work Out

You’ve probably heard a lot of conflicting information about the best time of day to work out.  My clients know that I usually hit the gym in the afternoon, but I also encourage them to do fasted workouts, which would realistically be done in the morning.  So which one is best, how does it all work, and what does the science say?

 

Let me start out by saying that the BEST time to work out is when you can make it happen with your schedule.  Any workout is better than no workout because it wasn’t the “right” time of day.  

 

But if you have enough flexibility in your schedule to choose when you work out, then let’s take a closer look at the best time of day to get your sweat session in.  Both times have advantages, and knowing them will help you make the best decision for your health and fitness.

 

Advantages of working out in the morning

  1. It’s easier to be consistent (unless you’re prone to sleeping in!) and it ensures your workout actually happens, instead of getting pushed to the backburner when your day gets busy

  2. It’s a great sense of accomplishment to get something done first thing in the morning

  3. If you’re a busy mom, sometimes an early workout is a must because life with kids can be unpredictable

  4. A morning workout can energize you for the day

  5. Fasted workouts are easy to do in the morning and have great fat-burning effects that can last for hours

 

Advantages of working out in the afternoon

  1. It’s a great break, which helps you work more effectively for the rest of the day

  2. Working out alleviates the buildup of parenting- or work-related stress

  3. You can adjust the intensity of your workout based on energy levels, stress levels, etc.

  4. Boosts energy and mood to get you through the rest of your day, especially if you tend to have a dip in the afternoon

  5. Basal body temperature peaks in the afternoon, plus your muscles are already warmed up, which makes you less prone to injury

  6. Mornings are less rushed and hectic because you’re not adding another activity into your busy early-day to-do list

  7. Afternoon workouts take advantage of optimal muscle function

  8. Testosterone and Growth Hormone levels rise after exercising (which is good for building muscles), and they tend to have a more profound increase in the afternoon than in the morning

  9. Strength and power tend to be higher later in the day, which is one reason most sporting events are not held in the morning.

  10. Working with your circadian rhythm takes advantage of your normal cycles and fluctuations throughout the day—this means you’re utilizing your natural cycles of temperature, hormone output, blood pressure, metabolism and sleep patterns.

 

What exactly is my Circadian Rhythm?

Also known as your sleep/wake cycle, circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle controlling all the physiological processes of humans and animals (and even plants). The functions of the circadian clock include organization of sleep/wake patterns, control of your hormones and metabolism, blood pressure and even athletic performance.

Circadian rhythm is adaptive to a certain degree, so your body can get used to a morning exercise routine, but to work with it most effectively, consider exercising in the afternoon.

 

What about evening workouts?

If working out in the evening is your best option, and it isn’t having a detrimental effect on your sleep, then keep it up.  If your sleep cycle is off and you aren’t getting the rest your body needs, it could be that you need to work better with your circadian rhythm and exercise earlier in the day.

 

Which one is best for YOU?

Remember, ultimately, the best workout is the one you actually DO.  If that means an early-morning workout fits your schedule best, then that’s the best time for you to work out.  If you can hit the gym in the afternoon, you’ll see benefits that you can’t get if you exercise in the morning or later in the evening.

 

If you have some flexibility in your schedule, experiment to see what works best for you!  Try morning exercise for a couple of weeks, then try afternoon for a couple of weeks and see which you prefer according to schedule, lifestyle and how you feel.

 

Looking for amazing workouts?

If you’re trying to find an exercise routine you really love, then try the FASTer Way To Fat Loss!  You’ll learn how to pair specific exercises with the most effective food cycle for ultimate fat loss and fitness.  My clients love the FASTer Way because it gets results no other program can touch, and it’s a truly sustainable lifestyle.  Click here for more information!

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Is the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Safe For Breastfeeding Moms?

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Is the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Safe For Breastfeeding Moms?

Even prior to having Lily, one of the most common questions I received about the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is whether or not it is safe to do while breastfeeding. I’ve been reluctant to share tips regarding breastfeeding while fasting because I am not a lactation consultant or medical professional. However, I am living proof that the FASTer Way lifestyle is both suitable and flexible for breastfeeding moms!

Intermittent fasting is completely safe for breastfeeding moms and in my experience, can even cause your supply to be higher in fat, which means your baby will be more satiated after each feeding. The last time my friend, a lactation consultant and I chatted, she commented on how much milk I was producing and how fatty it was. I often joke that I actually produce heavy cream - enough to feed the entire town! In my experience and the experience of hundreds of my breastfeeding clients, intermittent fasting, or specifically an 8 hour feeding window, will not negatively affect your supply, so it isn’t something you should be too concerned with. However, you do need to ensure that you are eating enough of the right macros while breastfeeding, particularly on the FASTer Way’s low carb and low macro days.

In addition to making sure you eat enough, here are a few tips for living the FASTer Way lifestyle while breastfeeding:

Tip 1-Do not stress over your feeding window.

Listen to your body. If you wake up famished because you were up all night feeding your baby, then break your fast. I have been doing this on certain days, and when it happens, I just end my feeding window a little earlier than normal. Do not stress over this, just listen to your body and do what you need to!

Tip 2-Bump up your carbs on a low carb day.

If you are breastfeeding an infant and are still in the newborn stages, it is totally reasonable to need more carbs. I bump mine up on low carb days to about 100 grams net carbs, and listen to my body to make sure I have enough carbs to keep me energized. Oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and apples are my go-to carbs. If you are in a normal cycle with your nursing and your baby is a little older, feel free to bump those carbs down to 50 grams again. But, do not worry one bit about upping those carbs to 100 grams while your baby is still young or if you notice that your supply has dipped for one reason or another!

Tip 3-Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.

You’ve got to make sure you aren’t dehydrated throughout the day. I typically wake up, have a tall glass of water, then have another glass of water every time I nurse Lily. Again, listen to your body. If you are thirsty, then you are probably already a little dehydrated, so do your best to stay on a decent hydration cycle!

Tip 4-Focus on foods that will increase your supply.

Whole foods are the foundation of your diet during the FASTer Way. This alone will do wonders for your milk supply. However, things like carrots, almonds, garlic (also good for your immune system), oatmeal,  and sweet potatoes are some of my favorites for increasing milk supply while breastfeeding.

Also, if you love tea, a client and friend of mine has an amazing tea called Our Lady of Leche. Her teas are all amazing, and this one is specifically made for increasing milk supply. Jen has kindly extended a discount to my readers. So, if you like tea and want to increase or maintain a healthy milk supply, head on over to Birds and Bees Teas to grab a tin of this delicious tea! Use the code: BF2018 to get your discount!

The FASTer Way can totally be done while nursing, I am living proof. My milk supply is far greater now than it was with my first two babies. Additionally,  I have had plenty of clients see incredible weight loss results while doing the FASTer Way, without decreasing their milk supply. In fact, most women say that this program alone, has helped to increase their supply. You simply have to learn to listen to your body and be okay with making some slight adjustments. If you do that, you will see some incredible results!

If you’d like to join me for the next round of the FASTer Way, grab a spot before they are all gone! We start on Monday the 5th!

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There Are Plenty of Ways to Get Lean, But Only One FASTer Way

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There Are Plenty of Ways to Get Lean, But Only One FASTer Way

You’ve heard me say that the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is the best program on the market today. It will get you leaner, stronger and healthier than anything else out there. However, I am often met with criticism when I say this. People are quick to point out that there are other ways to get lean, and that the FASTer Way is not the only option.

They are right. There are PLENTY of ways to get lean.

You can go low carb, hit a Crossfit Gym, and live a competition prep lifestyle to get lean. You could hire a personal trainer to work with you 3-4 times a week, and follow a strict meal plan to get lean. You could go Paleo, Keto or Vegan and get lean. There are tons of ways you could get lean. However, most of those ways require significant amounts sacrifice, planning and time.

My clients are willing to plan, hit the gym, and make sacrifices, but they also want to live their lives. They want to eat donuts on the weekend, and enjoy a night out without feeling guilty. They want to workout for a few hours per week, not a few hours per day. They want freedom and flexibility without sacrificing their results. They want a program that is sustainable long-term and that won’t have a negative effect on their hormones, energy levels and mood. These women are busy. They can’t spend hours meal prepping and obsessing over tracking every morsel of food that goes into their mouths. They are interested in getting lean, yes, but they are equally interested in feeling more confident, sleeping better, feeling more energized, and improving their overall health.

These are the women the FASTer Way was created for. The women who have eaten clean and hit the cardio for years, without seeing the results they really want. The women who want to repair the hormonal damage that occurred because of years of dieting. The women who want to go to the gym, without competing. The women who want to wake up every morning feeling energized and confident, not sore, depleted, and overwhelmed by their meal plan. The women who want to get lean and eat their donuts too. These are my women. These are the thousands whose lives have been changed by the FASTer Way. For these women, there are plenty of ways they could get lean, but only ONE FASTer Way to Fat Loss.

One comprehensive program that gives them health, strength, flexibility and freedom...in addition to getting leaner.

I hear the critics, and I agree with them. The FASTer Way is not the only option, but for my clients, and the type of woman this program was created for, it truly is the BEST option!

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Three Common Fitness and Nutrition Strategies That Are Making You Fat

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Three Common Fitness and Nutrition Strategies That Are Making You Fat

January is one of my favorite months of the year, because the gyms are overflowing with new clients ready to take on their health and fitness goals. The crowding that bothers lots of gym rats, actually excites me, because I am all about people living healthier, more active lives. However, without fail, these gym newbies are typically following some common fitness and nutrition strategies that unfortunately don’t work long term. And what I really hate, is that it’s not their fault. The health and weight loss industry is full of myths, neatly marketing and highly touted by the experts in the field. However, year after year, we see the same cycle in so many - yo-yo’ing.

While I won’t walk over to a perfect stranger in the gym to tell them what they are doing is wrong, I do want my followers to be aware of the fact that they might be engaging in things that could sabotage their long term goals. So, here are the top three fitness and nutrition strategies that are making you fat.

Hours of Cardio

You can’t simply do hours of cardio and expect to continue to see weight loss results that last. While you will see some initial weight loss, you will be losing some very important calorie burning muscle with that weight - slowing down your metabolism in the long run.  However, I see countless women hitting the ellipticals, the bikes or the treadmill for hours on end. Here’s the deal - cardio is important. However, long for cardio will not help you reach your overall goals of fat burning. Instead, you should engage in either low impact cardio like walking, or HIIT training which will help you build muscle while doing cardio. Typically I do about 5 minutes of cardio before my strength training workouts on a regular day, and HIIT training on low carb days. This maximizes the fat burning effect of cardio, giving me all of the heart health benefits, with none of the metabolic side effects.
 

Maintaining the Wrong Food Log

Whether you are following a low carb, low cal, gluten free, or diet food nutrition plan, you are likely falling into some cleverly wrapped marketing trap. If you want to lose weight, and stay lean you have to start with a whole foods based diet, and track your macronutrient intake. Ensuring that your body is getting the right percentages of each macronutrient will help you increase your metabolism, keep you full, and improve your energy levels. Shakes, wraps, diet pills, protein bars, 100 Calorie packs and diet coke are NOT the answer. Stick with a whole foods based diet and pay attention to your macros, and you will start to see some real results.

Eating All Day

Eating all day is making you fat, because you never allow your body to be in a fasted state or enter into digestive rest. This is why my clients engage in intermittent fasting. It allows the body the necessary time it needs to restore itself, improves the immune system, increases metabolic rate, and helps your body build calorie burning muscle. While there is no one size fits all approach to intermittent fasting, I have my clients use the 16/8 protocol which has them fasting for 16 hours each day and eating for 8. For more info on this, grab my free comprehensive guide to intermittent fasting.

There is a reason the diet industry continues to make billions each year - most of the common strategies out there simply don’t work, long term. They get clients quick results that can often destroy their metabolism and mess with their hormones so they yo-yo back to where they started.


If you truly want to see results this year, join the FASTer Way to Fat Loss! This is a proven program that has gotten thousands and thousands of women real results that last. I am only accepting 300 people into the February 5th round of the FASTer Way, and we already have close to 200 ladies signed up. You have a choice to make. You can do what you have always done and get the results you’ve always gotten - or, you could join the thousands of women who have found a lifestyle that works, and that they love. The choice is yours - but I would sign up if I were you!

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Lillian Jane's Birth Story - Part Three. Living my best postpartum life.

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Lillian Jane's Birth Story - Part Three. Living my best postpartum life.

And now for part three of Lily’s birth story - the first few days with Lillian and living my best postpartum life.

If you did not read part one regarding the day of Lillian Jane’s arrival, or part two with labor and delivery details, feel free to click the links below to read those blog posts.

The first few days of Lillian’s life have been absolutely wonderful. And after experiencing three postpartum periods, I can confidently say that this recovery has been by far my best.

I delivered Lily on January 5 and arrived home with her on Saturday, January 6. It was a perfect first day home. We spent some time outside soaking up some Vitamin D, met Lucy our golden doodle, snuggled with Emma and Cole, and rested. As I mentioned in part two, I even went on a short walk with Lucy to get some fresh air.

On Sunday morning, we woke up early and immediately went in for her first pediatrician appointment. I scheduled the 7.30 a.m. slot to be sure we weren’t in the waiting room with sick kiddos during cold and flu season. When we arrived home we listened to the church sermon and enjoyed some snuggles. My parents took the big kids overnight and for the morning so we could enjoy a low key day with Lily. My friend came over in the afternoon to visit and drop off some gifts, and we relaxed in the evening.

By Monday I was settling into our “new routine” which included an early morning feeding before getting ready for the day, a bit of work for my fitness business (this has been a record month for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss with 1,608 current clients going through my program), and an afternoon “workout” of low intensity cardio in between feedings.

This has truly been the best few weeks of my life. Lily is just perfect and SUCH a good baby and I absolutely love the newborn stage.

Here are the steps I’ve taken to ensure I’m able to live my best postpartum life and be the very best mom possible for Lillian Jane in the first few days and weeks of her life.

  1. I’ve focused on whole food nutrition and eating clean (no processed foods).

    Eating clean after delivery may sound like common sense, but frankly after having both Emma and Cole I felt like I had earned a few weeks off from whole food nutrition. After all, I had stayed healthy and fit through 9 months of pregnancy and then pushed a baby out -- mama deserved some donuts, right?! However, this time around, I decided to 100% commit to good nutrition after labor and delivery and it’s made a HUGE positive impact on my postpartum recovery. Hours after delivering Lily, I “broke my fast” with some green juice from The Weekly Juicery and oatmeal. No hospital food for me! Constipation had been an issue for me after delivering Emma and Cole, so I wanted to be super proactive this time around. Every time I fed Lily in the hospital and in the first few days after delivery I would drink a huge glass of water and eat an apple (fiber). You could say I was too proactive about preventing constipation because this time I nearly had the opposite issue, haha. I also focused on consuming foods that would naturally increase progesterone.  I knew that after labor and delivery my progesterone levels would tank, and I wanted to help balance my hormones and begin the process of preventing the postpartum blues. Estrogen dominance causes headaches, depression, weight gain, and can ultimately lead to cancer so I obviously wanted to address this issue head on. Overall, I’ve stayed completely committed to perfect nutrition (with the only exception being a couple pastries or treats friends brought to the house when visiting Lily). Eating clean has helped me keep my immune system strong, reduce inflammation, prevent constipation, and balance hormones in these first few days and weeks postpartum.
  2. I’ve taken supplements and avoided pain medication.

    After delivering Cole (my second baby) I suffered from full-blown adrenal fatigue. I lacked energy, I dealt with the postpartum blues, my immune system was shot, and I had compromised gut health. This led to 5 or 6 bouts with strep within Cole’s first year of life, food sensitivities, and whole other slew of issues. Thankfully, third time is a charm, and I am older and wiser now and more equipped to prevent postpartum issues. Shortly before I delivered Lily, my friend and client, Ali Damron sent me the link to a postpartum supplement to prevent/address adrenal fatigue and prevent the postpartum blues. I purchased the supplement to begin immediately after delivery. I also decided to avoid pain medication like Motrin or even Ibuprofen which can cause constipation and also act as a blood thinner which would only delay recovery. Here is a list of supplements I have continued or integrated postpartum. Please note you need to chat with your naturopathic doctor before taking any supplements.
    • Juice Plus (fruit and veggie blend for important micronutrients)

    • Red Raspberry (to help uterus contract quickly and stop postpartum bleeding as soon as possible after delivery)

    • Fish oil

    • Iron (when applicable - when my tongue is super pale I know I need to supplement)

    • Vitamin D (when applicable. I try to get outside daily for Vitamin D but when I am deficient I supplement. I try not to have too much Vitamin D versus Magnesium because then I deal with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency (ie: headaches)

    • Magnesium spray before bed, and a supplement when my blood pressure was high.

    • Vitamin K (K1 and K2 for blood clotting and other benefits to speed up recovery)

    • Postpartum supplement (to prevent/address adrenal fatigue and prevent the postpartum blues)

    • Calcium

    • Probiotic (to promote good gut health which is vital during postpartum healing)

  3. I’ve resumed my normal “workout” routine quickly. (I’m going to ruffle some feathers with this one.)

    Let’s address the obvious as we get started -- the generic recommendation is to wait until the 6 week postpartum check-up before resuming “exercise.” This “rule” is preached to every woman … from those who had an emergency C-Section (which is a major surgery), to those who had an uneventful vaginal delivery. As you may guess, I don’t follow this “rule,” and frankly, I’ve been criticized for this. I took a walk with Lucy the day after Lily was born and I was back in the gym for low intensity cardio 1 week postpartum.  Several Instagram or Facebook ladies would add comments on my gym photos stating that I was “the exception to the rule” or that I should not promote activity so soon after delivery, or that other women were going to compare their postpartum recovery to mine and become discouraged. Here’s the deal -- I don’t wait to be the “exception” and frankly, I think we will laugh at the 6 week rule for women with a smooth and uneventful vaginal delivery years from now. In many cases, promoting a sedentary lifestyle for 6 weeks postpartum is causing more harm than good. I believe that movement (low intensity cardio or low impact exercise) as soon as possible after delivery speeds up recovery, helps to prevent the baby blues, and should be considered a normal and beneficial aspect of postpartum recovery. My personal strategy was to start with short walks outside followed by a transition to low intensity cardio on machines, and then low impact workout moves (ie push-ups). Obviously I would not engage in or promote anything that would slow down wound healing or postpartum recovery. Many doctors and midwives will say that if your postpartum bleeding gets heavier or comes back, you’re doing “too much.” While I do not believe this is untrue, I find that exercise does NOT cause my postpartum bleeding to get heavier, re-start, or continue beyond the typical timeframe. In fact, through my three postpartum journeys, changes in my postpartum bleeding is more related to cluster feedings, medications like blood thinners, or the natural processes of uterine contractions throughout the healing process. For me, postpartum bleeding tends to ebb and flow for the first few/several weeks, and is not be negatively impacted by low intensity cardio including short walks. I have not resumed intense workouts, nor will I for a few more weeks. However, my low impact and low intensity workout have been a vital part of my postpartum recovery and I am so grateful for my opportunity to hit the gym each day.
  4. I’ve been drinking tea … and lots of it.

    Birds and Bees Teas have been a huge part of my prenatal and postpartum health and wellness. During pregnancy I drank “peaceful pregnancy” and “ripe and ready” tea, and I am now drinking “family immunity” daily. My friend and client, Jen, owns Birds and Bees Teas and she’s been an amazing resource for me through my postpartum recovery.

  5. I’ve RESTED.

    I can’t help but follow up the workout tip with my thoughts on rest. Brandon can attest to the fact that I’ve rested more during this postpartum recovery than my previous two. In fact, I’m in bed for no less than 10 hours per day between overnight sleep and naps. Not only am I working hard to prevent or address adrenal fatigue and keep my immune system strong, I’m relaxing during the day and enjoying as many newborn snuggles as possible. I’ve been more present with Lily during these first days and I could not be happier. Because I delivered Lily during cold and flu season I’ve been out very few times. We’ve had several visitors, but I’ve scheduled no more than one visitor per day to be sure that Lily and I don’t get worn out.

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One of the reasons I love the newborn stage and the first few weeks so much is because I recover very quickly after labor and delivery. I share these tips and my postpartum journey simply to INSPIRE you. I hope sharing both my fit pregnancy and postpartum journey has been helpful. As always, consult with your doctor or midwife before beginning any prenatal or postnatal fitness routine and be certain to listen to your body. Every woman is different and every pregnancy is different.

I want YOU to enjoy your best postpartum life so you can look back on the first few days with your newborn with nothing but fond memories.

XO

Photo below is two weeks postpartum. 

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Earn CEU's Through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Certification

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Earn CEU's Through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss Certification

The success of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss online program has truly been unparalleled in the fitness industry. Through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, thousands of women have shed unwanted fat, increased their energy and improved their overall health. Time after time, woman after woman, the results speak incredible volumes about the effectiveness of this program, and its ability to change lives.

Because of the success of the FASTer Way, I simply could not keep this program to myself. Enter the FASTer Way to Fat Loss coaches certification. This certification program was created because I wanted to empower other women, interested in building their own fitness business, with the skills and content necessary to be successful. Since creating the certification, I’ve already had over 70 women pass the exam and begin building their FASTer Way businesses.

And now...if you are a certified personal trainer or group fitness professional, you can earn CEU credits toward your recertification! I just got word that NASM/AFAA have approved the FASTer Way coaches certification for recert credits. This accreditation only further solidifies what thousands of women already know to be true...the FASTer Way to Fat Loss works. It is based on real science. It gets real results in a truly safe way. NASM and AFAA agree that the information provided in the FASTer Way Certification is not only valid, but holds an important place in the fitness industry and today’s wellness landscape.

If you are a certified trainer who has always wanted to take your business online, the FASTer Way to Fat Loss cert would be a perfect fit for you. Upon completion of this certification, you are the owner of your very own FASTer Way to Fat Loss business. You keep 100% of the profits from your FASTer Way programs. You run your boot camps when you want to. You are in the driver’s seat...with ALL of the support and content you need to be successful. You don’t have to worry about programming, tech or any of the bootcamp materials. As a coach, you have full access to all of that.

This program will without a question, get your clients results. The certification process will help you grow as a professional, while giving you everything you need to run a successful online fitness business.

If you are interested in learning more about the certification, it’s requirements, and whether or not you would be a good fit for the program, sign up for a free consult here. I am very selective with my certification program. I want to ensure that it is truly in the hands of those who want to improve people’s lives while earning a significant income to give back! If that sounds like you, let’s chat. My slots are limited, so grab one today!

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Tips for Intermittent Fasting

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Tips for Intermittent Fasting

As you know, the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is based upon a few different cutting edge nutritional strategies: intermittent fasting, carb cycling and macro counting. However, the key distinguishing factor is our emphasis on fasting.

While fasting may sound a bit intimidating, most of my clients find it way simpler than they had originally thought it would be. In fact, it usually ends up being one of their favorite things about the program.

How do you survive your first round of intermittent fasting? Here are a few tips!

Start slowly.

I practice a 16/8 intermittent fasting: 16 hours of fasting, 8 hours of eating. However, if you’ve never fasted before, you don’t have start with such a big fasting window. I highly recommend starting with a 12 hour fast. Cut off your eating at 7 or 8pm, then don’t eat breakfast until 12 hours later. You can gradually increase the length of your fast an hour at a time, until you reach the 16 hour mark. In addition, don’t feel as though you have to start fasting everyday. I recommend starting with Sundays. Cut off your eating at 7pm on Saturday night, then don’t eat anything until after church on Sunday. This will help you dip your toes into the intermittent fasting lifestyle without feeling too overwhelmed.

Keep Hydrated.

While fasting, it is super important that you stay hydrated. In addition to water, it is totally acceptable to drink black coffee, herbal teas and BCAA’s. Use these to get through your fast with ease and to keep your mind from wandering to the various snacks in your pantry!

Stay busy.

The best tool for making it through your fasting period is to stay busy. In fact, productivity is one of my favorite side effects of intermittent fasting. Because you aren’t worried about fixing your next meal, or scarfing down a quick snack, you can focus on work, and getting things done. And, staying busy keeps your mind from thinking about food, and helps you get through your fasting period with ease!

Intermittent fasting has some phenomenal benefits that not only help my clients burn fat effectively, but that helps my clients to feel their best. The overall improvement in health, energy and productivity make the strategy a lot simpler to implement than many believe it to be. In fact, I am not usually hungry at all during my fasting window and find that the longer I practice IF, the more accustomed to the strategy my body becomes! FASTer Way clients know the power of intermittent fasting. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the next round of my FASTer Way to Fat Loss and learn how to combine this strategy with carb cycling, macro counting and effective workouts!

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