2020 was the year I got serious about fitness…
Back in July, I decided to use this “on hold” time to make some positive changes and improve my fitness and health. I re-joined Faster Way To Fat Loss (after a half-hearted initial attempt a couple of years ago). I’ve now been doing the program for 5 months. I’m very pleased with the results and plan to continue!
When I first started FWTFL, I wanted to be realistic about my goals. I’ve never been “thin” without a lot of struggle. First, that’s just not my body type. Years of eating disorders and yo-yo dieting from my teens through 30’s left me with a glacial metabolism. And our post-menopausal bodies are more inclined to hang onto weight, especially in the belly.
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So I began the process with tempered expectations. I mostly wanted to increase my lean body mass, gain strength and the stamina to help me age well and be able to keep doing the things I love.
Above, from September, about eight weeks into the program.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the initial boost in energy and increases in strength were what kept me going for the first few weeks. After about 8 weeks, I began to see subtle changes, and noticed that my clothes were a little looser.
Update: I’m now at the 5-month mark. I’ve lost some pounds and inches (1″ from bust, 1.5″ from waist, 2.5″ from hips), and have added muscle and definition. I’m actually the leanest I’ve been since my twenties! I’m much stronger, especially in my core and upper body. And my balance has improved.
And I won’t lie; it’s incredibly gratifying that my clothes are fitting much better. 😉
Even though I gave myself latitude over the last couple of weeks to enjoy some holiday treats, I’ve maintained and am now back to tracking and concentrating on whole food nutrition. Did I mention I eat a lot on this program? 🍎 🥗 🥑 🍳 🍇 🍗
What I Like About FWTFL
- The program is comprehensive. It incorporates intermittent fasting, whole food nutrition, carb cycling, and targeted workouts.
- It’s flexible. You can follow the weekly meal guide or not. You just track your food (focusing on “macros” e.g. Protein, Carbs, and Fat)
- We’re encouraged to stick with whole foods, so it’s high in fiber and micronutrients. It’s not about selling you a bunch of supplements, prepackaged meals or meal replacements.
- There are no foods that are off-limits, though it’s recommended to eliminate or minimize dairy and gluten. (I still occasionally enjoy a piece of cheese or small hunk of bread, just not daily.)
- You can do the video workouts provided on the app or do your own or none at all. (I do most of the workouts and LOVE them!)
- Because the workouts are available through the app on a tablet or smartphone, they’re portable. You can do them anywhere!
- The coaches and community are very knowledgable, helpful and encouraging. “Progress over perfection” is the mantra, so it’s about doing the best you can on any given day.
- It’s based on sound, current science. (Many nutritionists, endocrinologists and other health professionals are now embracing the benefits of intermittent fasting, and have been on-board with whole-food nutrition for some time.)
If the idea of “intermittent fasting” is making you nervous, it’s actually quite do-able. It just means that you consume your meals within an 8-hour window, and fast (water, plain coffee, and tea OK) for the remaining 16. For me, that means I usually eat between noon and 8pm, and fast for the rest of the time. (Several hours of which are spent sleeping.) Some days if I’m really hungry, I’ll break the fast an hour or so early. That’s fine too.
What might surprise you…
We’re often told that we need to eat less and move more, but we may be overdoing it and depressing our metabolism-boosting hormones. I was really shocked at how much food I was supposed to eat daily, and was sure I’d be bursting out of my clothes within weeks. (Spoiler: I wasn’t!) And the workouts are all around 30 minutes; that’s all you need if it’s targeted.
And speaking of hormones, FWTFL is designed to reduce Cortisol. That’s the “stress hormone” that makes us store belly fat, interferes with sleep, increases blood pressure and has been correlated with a host of other chronic illnesses. (My blood pressure, which has been creeping higher for the last couple of years, is now back down into the normal range.)
I’m SO glad I started Faster Way To Fat Loss this year. I consider it one of the very best things I’ve done for myself in 2020. And I’m looking forward to continuing to make progress in 2021.
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Have you tried intermittent fasting? If so is it something you do regularly?
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