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FAQs: FASTer Way To Fat Loss Online Bootcamp

FAQs: FASTer Way To Fat Loss Online Bootcamp

Coach Amanda

Since I joined Amanda Tress’ program, FASTer Way to Fat Loss, I’ve gotten quite a few questions about carb cycling and intermittent fasting. I wanted to send this email to answer a few of them as well as a few questions that I anticipate!

(Coach Amanda is pictured to the right.)

There are over 1,000 women who have been through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. This program is very popular because it’s so incredibly effective!

Q: What is carb cycling?

A: 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. In Amanda’s program, she bases our cycle on the workouts we will be doing to maximize fat burn and energy levels. It’s all about strategy and timing!

Q: Why carb cycle?

A: Long-term restriction of carbohydrates and calories can lower your metabolic rate and negatively affect your hormone levels. This is a big reason women find themselves at one of those weight loss plateaus.

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.

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.

Q: What does carb cycling do?

A: Carb cycling allows for planned high carb days that increase your thyroid output and help you control hunger. Because you are cycling your carbs, you will also have low carb days that offset your high carb days.

With this type of cycle, you will continue to see fat loss, increased energy levels, and improvements to your overall body composition. Carb cycling improves insulin levels, helping your body to store less fat. When paired with intermittent fasting and effective workouts, carb cycling can help you break through those dreaded plateaus so you can truly look and feel your very best.

Q: What is intermittent fasting?

A: 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.

Q: Will I be fasting daily?

A: Yes, and you already do! 🙂 Every night when you are asleep, you are fasting. In this program, we extend the nightly fast a few hours essentially skipping breakfast. It is called the FASTer Way to Fat Loss because we focus on implementing cutting edge strategies like intermittent fasting.

We will be fasting daily and have shorter eating windows than you may be used to. This is actually time-freeing in that you don’t feel that you’re constantly prepping, cooking, and eating. I find that I’m most productive and have the most energy during my fasted state!

Q: Is it okay to participate in FASTer Way to Fat Loss if I am breastfeeding?

A: Yes! However, there are some things we may need to modify. Here’s a video with more info. Throughout the program, you will listen to your body, and continually keep an eye on your milk supply. However, when you eat the foods God intended for you to eat, you most likely won’t see a decrease in milk supply. He’s designed our bodies intentionally, so fueling them well will not affect that. However, we will be sure to check on your caloric intake, because when you are living in too big of a calorie deficit and doing crazy, intense workouts, your milk supply can absolutely be affected. This program is designed to fuel your body in a way that is perfectly safe for nursing moms.

Q: Do I need to purchase any shakes or supplements to participate in this program?

A: No! Throughout the program, we will talk about the importance of probiotics and other supplements like BCAAs (here are my favorite BCAAs). However, none of them are required to participate. Amanda is a huge proponent of fueling your body with real food, and this program is based on that premise. Nothing is required but hard work, commitment, and positivity.

Q: Am I a good fit for this program?

A: This program is for women only (men can invest in the program but can’t be in any of the Facebook Groups). In addition, this program has been incredibly successful for women who have a foundation of working out and under 60 pounds to lose.

This program is challenging and will require commitment. If you have more than 60 pounds to lose and have not worked out in a long time, then the program can be adjusted to work for you, but it will require some modifying. If that’s you, Amanda will have you start with the nutritional cycle then ease you into our workouts. She truly wants you to see results but also wants you to be safe and remain injury free. So, if you have more than 60 pounds to lose, you will move a little more slowly, but will eventually be able to ease you into the full program and lifestyle, over time.

Q: Do I need a gym membership to complete the FASTer Way to Fat Loss?

A: No! Amanda offers both a gym and at-home workout versions. Both are equally effective and you are welcome to do either. I personally do that at-home version.

Q: What equipment do I need for the at-home workout version?

A: You will need 5 or 8 lb weights and a 20 or 25 lb weighted object. Amanda tries to accommodate for clients who do not have much equipment but if you have more weights and equipment at home you can also do some of the gym workout moves.

Q: Do I have to follow a strict meal plan?

A. Amanda provides a guideline for each day of our food cycle. For example, on low carb day, she will indicate that your goal is to consume less than 50g net carbs. She will explain how to calculate your macros (carbs, fats, protein) and also give you a sample meal plan and recipes. However, you will have the flexibility to consume the foods you truly enjoy (especially treats on leg day!).

Q: Am I required to be on Facebook to join the program?

A: Amanda hosts FASTer Way to Fat Loss community groups on Facebook (about 25 ladies in each group to keep it intimate). Most clients choose to join a Facebook community group for daily tips and accountability. While recommended, it is not required for participation in the program.

Q: What does my program investment include?

  • A convenient 6-week program that fits your busy schedule
  • A comprehensive program guide with resources to help you thrive including sample meal plans, a detailed program overview, and video interviews
  • Prep week with video 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)
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from Amanda, a trainer with 10+ years of success!

If you are ready to break through a plateau or move into an active fat loss mode, definitely consider joining Amanda’s 6-week program! You will not be depriving yourself of calories but rather fueling your body with proper nutrition for your workouts.

Hormonally, this protocol sets up your body’s metabolism to shed body fat!

Join HERE to get started with the upcoming group. This is a great opportunity for you to work with a top coach in the industry. Amanda will help you achieve your goals!

Please note that the first week is always a “prep” week to familiarize yourself with the program through video trainings, reading through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss program manual, and getting your questions answered by Amanda before the official start the following week. This “prep” week is in place to set you up for success!

Email me at jill@jilljacobs.me if you have any questions!

Join the FASTer Way to Fat Loss today!

Blessings,

Jill


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This is How I Stay Motivated to Exercise

By Jill Jacobs

Lately, I’ve been contemplating why certain people can stay motivated to exercise regularly and eat healthily while other people’s motivation wanes easily. They exercise a week or two and just quit. They lack exercise motivation.

I see it in friends, family, and even feel a lack of motivation in myself sometimes.

I think it boils down to a couple of things.

First, if a person has a dieter’s mentality, they will always feel either ON a program or OFF a program. Adopting a LIFESTYLE mentality would make a huge difference in this group. If you know you are committed to something for the long haul, you are not likely to give up when you aren’t performing perfectly. (I mean, perfection is a myth anyway!)

Take parenting for example. What if the first time you make a mistake with your new baby, toddler, or teen, you just threw in the towel and gave up? Never! That’s not how it works when you have a long-term commitment to something. You’d never give up on parenting your child and just hand them over to someone else to raise because of a misstep in your parenting!

The same goes for our health. Taking ownership and having a lifestyle mentality will go a long way towards staying motivated. When you make the switch to the lifestyle mentality, you become committed for the long haul. (If the dieter’s mentality is a struggle for you, having a coach and some type of accountability system in place are 2 ways to overcome this type of thinking.)

The second reason I think people quit is not having a solid purpose for exercising. Purpose allows you to tap into your inner motivation which is the kind of motivation that stands the test of time! Digging deep is how you ultimately find lasting motivation.

I’d like to share a few of my reasons (or my deeper purposes) for exercising, hence how I stay motivated and on track. I share these with the hope that something here will resonate with you. 🙂

5 Reasons I Stay Motivated to Exercise:

1. I’m training for the sport called life. I need to feel good and be strong to be the best mom I can be. Motherhood requires athleticism. Have you ever lugged around a toddler and grocery bags at the same time while having to squat down to get the keys you just dropped on the ground? Have you ever played tag with your kids? Sprinted against your daughter? Played football with your son? Exercise allows me to stay in shape so I can enjoy life to its fullest!

Exercise Motivation

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2. I value my health and the health of my family. I want to avoid certain diseases that run in my family. I want to be healthy in my old age. I want to pass a legacy of healthy living to my sons and their future families.

When I value health, my example trickles down to the entire family. My sons make sure to do their pull ups every day without being prompted. They just want to! (Daily pull ups was their idea back in the fall of last year. I promise I’m not being a drill sergeant! ha!) My sons ask me questions like, “What’s my protein going to be for dinner?” 🙂 They’ve learned balance around food, and when they make poor choices, they are able to recognize that their bodies feel different (i.e. not good, sluggish, nauseous). I know I didn’t have that type of awareness as a child!

Raising my kids to value health is important to me, and I must lead by example not just words.

3. I value hard work, strength, dedication, and meeting goals. Outer strength begets inner strength. I can tell you this because I’ve witnessed it in myself and so many other women. Putting in the hard work, discipline, and dedication to meet a strength, endurance, non-appearance-based goal will not only make you stronger on the outside; you will be stronger on the inside!

You do not have to be hardcore, “I train, eat, sleep, repeat,” to be consistent and dedicated. Set up some minimum standards for yourself. This could be something like never missing a Monday workout, working out 4 times per weeks minimum, or making sure to move in some way (even leisure walking) daily. This will build healthy habits and you will start to feel strong and confident! There’s nothing more motivating than getting a few “wins” under your belt.

4. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. What I do with my body, what I put into my body, and how I treat my body MATTERS. I truly believe that God wants both our hearts AND our bodies to be used for His glory. Not one or the other; BOTH. My body is a gift. I need to be a good steward with this gift, treat it well, nourish it, and avoid abusing it.

5. I love endorphins! Heavy strength training is one sure-fire way that I use to feel better and more energized.  This is because of the endorphin production that comes with heavy lifting.  It makes me feel happy and alive. Even when I dread the workout and am completely unmotivated, within a few of minutes of starting my workout, I’m already feeling so much better. And then when I hit a PR, I’m on top of the world, smiling, confident, and feeling accomplished. Plus, when I have those endorphins flowing through my body, my husband is completely safe from harm. 😉

I’ve listed several reasons why I exercise. These reasons keep me motivated to stick with it for the long haul! Before I sign off, though, I’d like to leave you with a list of a few things that are NOT reasons I’m motivated to exercise:

  • I don’t exercise to be skinny.
  • I don’t exercise to achieve a certain number on the scale.
  • I don’t exercise to punish myself for eating “bad.”
  • I don’t exercise in order to earn food.
  • I don’t exercise to wear a certain size of jeans.
  • I don’t exercise to be a hardcore, “no excuses” #fitmom. 
  • And most of all, I don’t exercise because I hate my body. I do it because I love and appreciate my body and all that it does for me!

Exercise Motivation

One thing is certain, maintaining exercise motivation is more difficult when you don’t enjoy the type of exercise that you do. Finding a way to move your body in a way that you LOVE and enjoy is so important! My love is for strength training, preferably with kettlebells (like the workouts found here). I keep my workouts short and intense. This way, they don’t take my day away from me AND they are still effective!

What are some of the reasons YOU exercise? How do you maintain exercise motivation? Or do you? I’d love to know! Comment below and let me know. 🙂

Oh, and join my 14-day e-course called Motivation Makeover for some additional support!

 xo ~Jill

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