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How to Stay Stress Free During the Holidays


While December should be a phenomenal time we enjoy with our family and friends, often it can be a highly stressful time for many of us. December is typically full of parties and food and tons of things to get done, but that doesn’t mean we have to go through the month feeling overwhelmed. Ultimately, that overwhelm leads to stress, stress eating, and out-of-whack emotions. Listen, it truly does not need to be this way. Here are a few tips to help you stay stress free and in control over the next few weeks.

While most of my tips have to do with health and nutrition, my first tip doesn’t, so bear with me.

Tip #1: Limit your time with toxic family members.

I know this might feel impossible to do; you likely feel obligated to spend time with family members, even though you know they are not good for you or your family but here’s the thing, you are an adult. You get to decide who you spend time with. Over the last year, Brandon and I have decided to be extremely intentional about the the people we allow into our lives and into our holidays. This decision has led to some of the best holidays we’ve ever had. Toxic people are like crabs. When a cage with some food is thrown into the water, one crab will usually go to the cage to get the food. Soon, the rest of the crabs follow the first one into the cage, even though the food is already gone. Some of the crabs will try their best to get out of the cage, through the open top, but the crabs on the bottom of the cage will actually pull them down, often killing them in the process. Sounds pretty grim, huh? Well, this is often the effect toxic people have on those around them. They seek to bring everyone down with them. My first tip for remaining stress free is to choose who you invest your time with; time is your most valuable commodity.

Alright, let’s get into the health and nutrition stuff.

Tip #2: Enjoy treats on the holidays.

Notice I didn’t say to enjoy treats every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, that is when most people gain weight. Because of all the parties and treats that are available during the month of December, we often end up eating more than we need to fuel our workouts. While I wholeheartedly believe you should not deprive yourself of things you love during the holidays, it is important that you are extremely intentional about when and why you enjoy those treats. Choose the ones you love the most, and have at ‘em on the actual holidays! Make sure that you are mindful of your eating during the rest of the month. Also note that having processed foods around during this season can really affect your emotional state of being. Eating clean will help you feel emotionally stable, happier and more level headed, which will be key to keep stress at bay during the holiday season.

Tip #3: Be sure you are getting enough sleep.

I know firsthand how hard this can be. However, it is so important for maintaining low stress levels. Some things that have helped me find a good sleep pattern are: going to bed at the same time each night, keeping my room cool and dark, and limiting screen time prior to bed. Another thing that has helped me dial in a healthy sleep cycle is waking up at the same time every morning. I know that these things are not always possible, but sleep cycles are extremely important in regulating hormone levels. Those hormone levels are directly related to your stress levels and whether or not your body is storing fat or burning fat. So do your best to get into a good sleep habit. It will go a long way in helping you feel in control through the month of December.

Tip #4: Continue workouts, but slow down if you need to.

Do your best to workout consistently through the month of December, but  do not be afraid to scale back a workout if you’re having a particularly stressful day. Undoubtedly, there will be a few bumps in the road where you come up against  stressors. When that happens, it’s really important you listen to your body and ease up on your workout. If you are feeling incredibly stressed, and go all-out for an intense workout, you are going to increase your cortisol levels when they are already elevated. That will make losing belly fat all the more difficult. Plus, there are times when your body just needs a break. Be sure that you are listening well to what your body is telling you, and then give it what it needs.

The month of December can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to derail you from pursuing your health and fitness goals. While you may need to do some things a little differently to keep your stress levels low, it is entirely possible to feel in control and truly thrive during the holiday season.

If you’re ready to do something for YOU, then now is the time.  Sign up for my December 31st round and you’ll instantly receive the comprehensive program guide with all the details.  Even though our accountability group won’t officially start until prep week, you can get started now by practicing the principles and getting a head start on feeling your absolute best!

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She made 10k her first month of being a coach

When you’ve been working with clients for 10 years and they stop seeing results on their fitness journey, it’s pretty discouraging.  

That’s exactly what Le Bergin was experiencing as a gym owner, fitness instructor, and bootcamp leader.  And she wasn’t sure how to help them.

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Her clients were overwhelmed, trying all the latest fads and following trendy nutrition advice.  Le wanted to know exactly what they were experiencing, so she started utilizing the same strategies—keto, fasting, eating 10 meals a day, etc—and guess what?  She gained weight and became just as frustrated as her clients. As a trainer who is passionate about health and wellness, Le knew there was a better way, she just hadn’t found it yet.

That all changed when she found the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®.  Le said, “I found THE textbook I had been trying to teach, but trying to meet everybody where they were.  This perfect program was everything I’d done, everything I believed in, my training style, the progressive way people are working out.  The results are there, the community is there, the positivity is there.”

It’s safe to say her clients agreed.  In her first month as a FASTer Way to Fat Loss® coach, Le made $10,000!  That’s incredible by any standards.

After watching just one video of my live videos talking about the FASTer Way, Le said she was hooked.  It wasn’t just about the program though, it was also the integrity and the power of the people surrounding the program. “At that point, I decided to take my business to another level, not only for the financial freedom but to be able to offer something to my clients that they had been missing.”

I caught up with Le recently to chat about her experience with the FASTer Way, and I could feel her excitement!  One of my personal missions is to equip and empower women to earn significant income to be able to recirculate that money to family, church, and community.  That’s exactly what Le has done. She said, “This has allowed me the financial freedom to do things I haven’t been able to do before. I took eight clients in prep week to dinner and it felt amazing to say, ‘This is on me.’ I bought some of my most active clients a special necklace.  I love being able to do this—I’ve never been able to do it before.” But it goes beyond that. Le went on to say, “This has allowed me to be more of a partner in our family. There is peace that comes with the additional finances in our family.”

One of my favorite things Le mentioned is that people in her FASTer Way groups will see her kids and stop them and say, “Your mom is changing my life!” or even that she’s been a great influence, or that she’s doing great things.  What a powerful example she’s setting!

In the next five years, Le wants to take her family to Ireland for a month so her kids can really experience a different culture, visit family, and receive the kind of education you simply can’t get when you stay too close to home.

But beyond her personal goals, Le wants to touch the lives of every single person she can possibly reach.  Of course, she wants to help more clients reach their fitness goals, but she also wants to help other struggling entrepreneurs reach their business goals because “We work like dogs… and we never have anything to show for it. I want to share this with other people.  It’s the first time I’ve felt confident and fine with anybody telling me no.” What a gift to be able to let go of the pressure and stress so many people feel to turn every single person into a client!

I asked Le, “What would you say to someone if they knew that this was the right thing for them but needed some advice?”

She actually responded with some questions of her own.

  • You have everything to gain...what do you have to lose?

  • Do you want to help somebody?  

  • Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?

  • Do you want to be selfless and share something this valuable (that has morphed not just my body, but my relationships with others)?

She added, “Move forward. There is not one single thing to lose.  The investment can be made back so quickly if you believe this and if you love it and if you’re passionate about it.”  That summed it up well, but then she added one more statement that I couldn’t keep to myself.

“If you don’t share, you’re keeping a secret and that’s just rude.”  I think you can see why we love Le! 😂 And we couldn’t agree more.

Although we are selective about the coaches who join the FASTer Way, we don’t want to keep this a secret!  If you’re ready to level up your health and your business, then be sure to get your name on the waitlist now!  


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Generosity isn’t just something we appreciate in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®.


It’s something we DO.

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is so focused on generosity that it’s actually become one of the core values of the company.  We believe in it. We practice it. We live it. We love it.

Our certified coaches are all in when it comes to our FASTer Way core values, and they truly exemplify our mission to take Bold Action, move forward with Excellence and Integrity, and practice Generosity as part of their everyday lives.

Our coach community is extraordinary and so very inspiring!  They aren’t just changing lives through bettering health with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® 6-week program, they’re changing lives by generously giving part of what they earn to causes dear to their hearts.

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A perfect example is our very own FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coach Director Lindsey Murray.  She lives in Florida near the area affected by Hurricane Michael. She wanted to do something to help.  She felt called to do something beyond donating money, so she got to work!

She utilized her gift of teaching to offer an online class on a donation-only basis.  As of this writing, she has raised nearly $8,000! She received donations from many people, but much of that was raised by members of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® family, especially the Coach Community.  

She used these donations to buy much-needed fuel, supplies, and necessities for the linemen those displaced.  She bought locks and tarps so people could secure their generators and items in their homes. Lindsey and her husband took 2 truckloads of food, clothes, goods, and supplies to people who needed it most.

The most important donation came in the form of fuel. A local business owner built 3 large diesel fuel tanks, knowing that many people would need gas to power generators, chainsaws, tractors, skid steers, etc.  Lindsey has been able to purchase the gas to fill these tanks with more plans to purchase additional fuel, deliver food, clothes, blankets, and toys to displaced families living in tents.

I am truly inspired by this incredible act of generosity, not just from Lindsey, but from everyone who donated to support her idea and further her cause.  Incredible!

Our coaches are consistently inspiring each other as well.  We celebrate our wins every Friday in our coach community, and oftentimes they will share their excitement over the generous donations they’re able to make.  Here are just a few examples of the impact our coaches are making!

  • Melissa Mattingly said, “My biggest win was donating 15% of my earnings so far to a nonprofit group in KY called Carin for Nurses!”

  • Stacy Davis said, “I was able to donate to TWO of my clients’ nonprofit organizations! Makes my heart feel so good to give back to what they believe in! One being a local pregnancy crisis center and the other a cancer benefit for a young girl - they ride bikes across the country to raise money and spread awareness! So awesome! Thank you, Amanda Tress and team, for giving me this opportunity!”

  • Adrian Mamikonian shared, “My biggest win will be later today when I announce I’ll be donating 50% of my commission from my next round to Girls on the Run, an organization I’m involved in as a coach and a parent. I’ve also done an interview for them on how the program has given consistency and confidence to my daughter as we move with the Navy. They are so grateful and have agreed to do a Live video with me to share about GOTR and how our values are sooo similar! Let’s start building our girls up EARLY!”

  • Shannon Hyem said she’s, “...making a donation from my first round to the local tennis team for a summer camp they wouldn’t have been able to fund! Life is fantastic!!”


This is such a powerful win-win-win situation and I am truly inspired with each and every win I read!  Our coaches are having a real impact. They are creating change in the world, and it’s not just benefiting the people they’re helping… it’s incredible for our coaches as well!

Ashley Johnson has been able to give more than just money to help her favorite cause.  She said, “I’ve been able to give back to my community with my earnings from my first round! I chose to give not just a monetary donation to the EMMA House, but also donate my time because, oddly enough, I have a bit of that to give these days. The EMMA House is a Christian-based house for homeless pregnant women or women fleeing from domestic violence. I am also a car seat technician and I have offered to volunteer my time to do a car seat safety presentation. What a great feeling to give back!”

It’s so exciting to see our coaches give to their favorite community organizations, but we also love seeing them donate to their churches and even their friends’ religious endeavors.

Robyn Lee told us, “I have a friend going on a mission trip. She helped spread the word about the program and I loved being able to donate $75/person who signed up to her trip. Generosity is probably my top favorite thing about being a coach with this program. Amanda is a great example of what she has done for us as coaches. Pass it along.”

If you’d like to see what this movement is all about, join the coach waitlist to be notified of our next Sneak Peek event!  Lives are being changed in so many exciting ways.

What will YOU do to make a difference?


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Coach Leadership Retreat and Updates

What a powerful week it has been! There are so many exciting things happening with the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Program and Community. I recently had the opportunity to host an incredible group of passionate women for a coach leadership retreat at my home in Florida. During the retreat we set goals and strategized ways to ELEVATE the program and client experience.

During the event we announced the September Top FWTFL Coach,  Loren Mattingly. Since becoming a FASTer Way Coach in early 2018, Loren has been able to step down from her full-time career to focus on coaching clients through the FASTer Way.

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This is what Loren had to say after attending the FASTer Way Coach Leadership Retreat,  “I am still on cloud N I N E and ready to conquer the world after an insanely powerful weekend at the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coach Leadership Retreat. Thank you to Amanda, Lindsey, Morgan, and the rockstar coaches who attended the leadership event. EACH and every one of you have inspired me to do GREAT things and believe anything is possible.

I work alongside women who TRULY live their lives and run their businesses with integrity, excellence, generosity, BOLD action. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity this past weekend to be a part of something so moving & inspiring.

This community is changing thousands of men and women’s lives. ❤️

I am thrilled to help women and men become the BEST version of themselves & live their lives with a sense of passion and fulfillment.

I am determined to empower women to realize their greatest potential and dream big without fear of failure.

And this is just the beginning. 🚀❤️”

There is no doubt that the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coach Certification and opportunity is the most important thing happening in the wellness industry today. The opportunity is exclusive for women who are passionate about the FASTer Way and want to make real money as a fitness and nutrition professional. This year alone, we have coaches who have stepped down from their full time jobs since starting the coach cert, and several who have stepped into leadership roles as Premier Coaches since May and started to earn up to $1k in passive revenue per week. This doesn’t include their own commissions and scalable revenue.

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
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I am sick and tired of hearing from women who are grinding in a full time job outside of the home or hustling in the gym trading dollars for hours ... and barely getting by.  I understand because I was in the same place 7.5 years ago when I was working 70+ hours per week (web marketing, gym clients, online training, MLMs) and making $35,000 (before taxes). I barely saw baby Emma and was constantly sick and tired. I knew God had destined me for MORE and given me a unique ability to earn significant income to recirculate my wealth to my family, church and community. Only after taking a leap of faith and stepping down from my full time job did I have the chance to fulfill my purpose rooted in unique spiritual goals — with the FASTer Way. Now I have the incredible opportunity to empower other women to earn real money of their own with select top FWTFL coaches and affiliates earning over $35,000 PER MONTH.

Our 300+ coaches run their lives and businesses with our core values: integrity, excellence, generosity, and bold action. They not only earn significant income, they GIVE BACK to their OWN family, churches and community in generous ways. I am extremely blessed and grateful for my opportunity to guide this rocket ship and could not be more proud of my rockstar coach family. It’s time to ERADICATE poverty for female entrepreneurs in the wellness industry.

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The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Certification and Coaching Opportunity has an extremely simple and generous compensation plan and a true business-in-a-box opportunity. In order to be considered for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Coaching Opportunity screening call, you are required to go through the FASTer Way. I have a round of the FASTer Way starting on October 15 and would love to have you. Please click on the link below to sign up for the next round.

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The time is NOW for the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® and I would love to have you on the waiting list for the coach cert. We have some BIG things coming down the pike for 2019 and it will be a massive benefit to me a founding member of our coach community for 2019 and beyond.

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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

It’s the best time to be a founding member of the FASTer Way coach community.The FASTer Way coach opportunity is making big waves in the wellness industry and we are JUST NOW scratching the surface of potential. We open enrollment a few times a year so do not miss out on the opportunity to transform lives the FASTer Way.

Sign up for the waiting list now to be considered.



New FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Supplement Line


Supplements are a hot topic in the health industry, but do you really need them if you eat a whole food diet?  Whole foods are filled with micronutrients, after all, so won’t a varied diet nourish you properly?

Surprisingly, most people—even those “eating the rainbow”—are NOT consuming adequate amounts of all the nutrients our bodies need.  It’s a real challenge because we simply can’t spend hours every day meticulously planning our meals and snacks around the micronutrient composition.  Most people are doing great if they can just track their macros!

Maybe you’ve heard that supplements are a waste of money because so many of them are low quality and mostly fillers?  That’s exactly why thousands of my clients ask for supplement recommendations with each and every round of the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®.  

While there are some great brands out there, I wanted to give my clients the convenience to access high quality supplements, instead of sending them all over the internet looking for products.  

Now, let’s address the elephant in the room.  You’ve heard me say that the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is the best program on the market, and one reason is that we do NOT require any pills, wraps, or shakes to do the program and see phenomenal results.  That hasn’t changed.  These supplements are NOT required to have amazing success.  We simply want to serve our clients better by offering what they’re asking for.  This way we can offer incredible products, ensure the highest quality, and meet our clients’ needs at a higher level.

Our supplement line, in partnership with Stephen Cabral and Equilibrium Nutrition, is the best on the market.  We chose to work with Stephen Cabral because he is an industry leader in real health and wellness, utilizing safe, natural, holistic methods for helping patients all over the world.  His philosophies match up with ours at the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®, so partnering to create a high quality supplement line was a natural fit.

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® supplements are now available, and we can’t wait for our clients to experience the highest quality micronutrients available outside of whole foods.


Our list of supplements includes:

You won’t find a better supplement line anywhere.  We are passionate about offering only the best products and programs to our clients, so we are thrilled to offer the FASTer Way nutritional products and supplements.  We can’t wait to hear what you think!  



What Makes The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® Different?


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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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.



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.



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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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.



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.

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!



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!


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!!


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


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.

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.




“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!



“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:




"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.




“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.



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! 



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!


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)!



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.


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.



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.  


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?


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!


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Top Three Surprising Reasons My Clients Aren’t Losing Weight


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!  


The Best Time of Day to Work Out


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!


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


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!