What is carb cycling?
A carb cycling program is an intentional variation of carbohydrate intake each week. Most carb cycling plans consist of high carb days and low carb days. The workouts in the program will maximize fat burn while increasing energy levels.
Why carb cycle?
Long-term restriction of carbohydrates and calories can lower your metabolic rate and negatively affect your hormone levels. This is a big reason people find themselves at a weight loss plateau. For a short period of time a significantly restrictive diet will bring you results. However, over time it will cause your metabolic rate to decrease and eventuall result in weight gain and frustration. Once that happens you will see your weight loss stop and will need to restrict calories even further to lose more weight, thus lowering your metabolic rate once again. Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, it is also incredibly frustrating.
What does carb cycling do?
Carb cycling allows for planned higher carb days that increase thyroid output and help control hunger. Because it's a cycle, you will also have low carb days to offset those higher carb days. With this type of cycle you will see fat loss, increased energy levels, and improvements to your overall body composition. Carb cycling improves insulin levels while helping your body store less - and burn more - fat. When paired with Intermittent Fasting and strategic workouts, carb cycling can help you break through those frustrating plateaus so you can look and feel lean, confident, and truly healthy.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a type of diet, but an eating schedule. Your body is always in one of two states: fed or fasted. In the fed state (anytime your body is digesting food), your body’s insulin levels make burning fat a challenge. However, in the fasted state (8-12 hours after your body finishes digesting), your insulin levels are lower and better able to reach into your fat stores. People rarely go into a fasted state throughout the day. In fact, the traditional theory of several small meals per day keeps us from ever reaching the fasted state. In addition, that type of eating schedule regularly spikes our insulin levels which also hinders fat loss. So, while eating several small meals per day can lead to weight loss (calorie deficits always do), you will likely be losing both muscle and fat. When you lose calorie burning muscle, you lower your metabolic rate and make it harder for your body to burn fat. You also might become frustrated because you never feel toned and fit, even though you are working out and eating clean.
So, you don’t eat?
Not exactly. In the FASTer Way to Fat Loss® we have eating windows, combined with our high and low carb days. We eat all of the time! We simply confine our eating to a shorter window throughout the day, allowing our bodies to enter into the fasted state.
Will I be fasting daily?
Yes. This program is called the Faster Way to Fat Loss® because we focus on implementing cutting-edge nutrition strategies like intermittent fasting. We will be fasting daily.
Do I need to purchase any shakes or supplements to participate in this program?
No! Throughout the program we will talk about the importance of probiotics, protein and other supplements like BCAA’s. While we recommend some products to enhance your died, none of them are required to participate. The FASTer Way is focused on fueling your body with real food. Nothing is required but hard work, commitment and a positive mindset.
Am I a good fit for this program?
If you are ready to learn a truly healthy lifestyle so you can live the life you want, then this program is for you. If you have more than 100 pounds to lose and have not worked out in a long time than we can make some modifications so you can participate in the FASTer Way. We’ll start with a focus on the nutritional cycle and then ease you into the workouts. We want you to see results but we also want you to be safe and remain injury-free so you can continue building momentum and make big gains in your health and fitness.
If I am already a member of a gym and doing regular classes, or if I am meeting with a personal trainer, can I just continue with my current workouts, and use your food cycle?
The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® is designed to work as a whole. We pair our nutritional cycle with our strategic workouts, because that is what gets the very best results. It is absolutely critical that we are fueling our bodies for our workouts, and teaching them how to burn fat instead of glucose throughout the day. If you belong to a gym like Orangetheory, Crossfit, or F45, we highly recommend you do the FASTer Way workouts for the first few weeks. You may add some of your favorite workouts to the cycle, however, it is important that we discuss it to ensure your food cycle is matched accordingly. If you are working with a personal trainer, continue doing so, but again, it will be important to assess your food cycle to ensure you are eating the right amount of macros on the days you are working out!
Do I need a gym membership to complete the Faster Way To Fat Loss®?
The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® offers both a gym and at-home workout version, plus an advanced version for men starting with a solid fitness base. The gym and at-home versions are equally effective and you are welcome to do either.
Do I have to follow a strict meal plan?
The FASTer Way to Fat Loss® provides guideline for each day of our food cycle. For example, on Low Carb Day your goal is to consume less than 100g net carbs. You'll learn how to calculate your macros (carbs, fats, protein) and you'll also receive a sample meal plan and recipes. However, you will have the flexibility to consume the foods you truly enjoy. Note: The Faster Way is vegan-friendly.
Am I required to be on Facebook to join the program?
The daily Faster Way to Fat Loss® program reminders are hosted in private Facebook community groups OR can be sent to your email. You can choose which option works better with your preferences and lifestyle. Most clients choose to join the Facebook community group for daily tips and accountability. Our coaches and client specialists are in the Facebook group daily providing encouragement and feedback.
What does my program investment of $199 include?
A convenient 6 week program that fits your busy schedule (plus the bonus prep week to get you prepared).
A comprehensive program guide with resources including sample meal plans, a detailed program overview, and video interviews.
Prep week with trainings to set you up for success.
Weekly workout plans which can be completed at the gym or at home.
Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goals.
Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost option you’ll find (only $199 total).
What are the workouts like?
The workout lengths vary depending on the day. This plan is meant to be sustainable and we do not expect you to spend hours in the gym. We generally incorporate exercise 6 days per week and rest 1 day per week. Some workouts are only 30 minutes start to finish, and some are closer to 45 or even 60 minutes (i.e. leg day). However, if you only have 30 minutes to workout on a certain day that calls for a longer workout, simply give 100% effort for 30 minutes.
Our focus through the Faster Way to Fat Loss® is nutrition. The workouts will help you accelerate and maximize your results, but we do have clients who simply follow the nutrition cycle.
You will receive the workouts each week via an online portal. You can pull the portal up on your phone and even print if desired. The workouts are written out and each move is linked to a video demonstration.
How is FWTFL different from the Ketogenic diet?
FWTFL achieves the same fat-burning benefits as the Keto diet but without the heavy restrictions and risks. Both lifestyles offer incredible benefits such as: reduced insulin levels, decreased insulin resistance, better body composition and accelerated fat loss. But the Faster Way To Fat Loss® offers a sustainable lifestyle that’s easy to maintain at home, on vacation and even when eating out. Long-term restriction of carbs can lower the metabolic rate and negatively impact hormones. Our program incorporates carb cycling which removes that risk and allows for planned high-carb days that increase thyroid output and help control hunger. Many people see initial success with the keto diet but find it difficult to sustain the lifestyle. The FWTFL lifestyle is easy to maintain, therefore, so are the results. Bottom line: We leverage the benefits of keto, but offer a healthier, sustainable approach to fat loss.
How is FWTFL different from Whole 30?
Whole 30 is an eating plan, not a fat loss plan. Many benefits can be seen from eating this way, but the overwhelming feedback from our Faster Way clients who have tried both eating strategies is that the Whole 30 plan is too restrictive (and expensive) to maintain. It supports a whole-food lifestyle, with which we agree, but so many people just can’t keep up with its rigid requirements. Bottom Line: the Faster Way To Fat Loss® is the ideal program to transition from Whole 30 to a sustainable whole-food lifestyle.
How is FWTFL different from 80 Day Obsession?
The 80 Day Obsession is based on timed nutrition (eating certain foods at certain times), a specific eating plan (including required supplements) and specific workouts. FWTFL focuses on intermittent fasting (eating within a certain time frame), carb cycling (strategic low-carb days during the week), focusing on whole foods (no supplements required) and specific workouts to maximize the nutrition strategies. 80 Day Obsession ends after 80 days, but the FWTFL is easily maintained for life. Most of our clients choose to participate in another 6 week round or the monthly VIP program because they love the accountability, camaraderie and support. The VIP program also provides new workouts and health tips to ensure you stay on track with your FASTer Way lifestyle. Bottom Line: 80 Day Obsession is more rigid, requires supplements, is geared toward intermediate to advanced fitness levels, and doesn’t offer accountability or support. FWTFL is more flexible, does NOT require supplements, utilizes strategies appropriate for any gender, age or fitness level, and offers daily accountability and frequent additional trainings.