Changing the way I eat. . at least for the next six weeks. I just started Faster Way to Fat Loss and just wanted to share this part of my life. I’m doing whole food nutrition, Macronutrient Tracking, Intermittent Fasting, Carb Cycling and working out.
A few people noticed on Instagram that I was sharing lighter recipes and one person even asked me if I was doing Weight Watchers because the meals I was preparing seemed very low in calories. I actually started a program called Faster Way to fat loss. I was inspired by Kristin, who I follow on Instagram and I recently saw how great she looked. She had great success on the program and shared a detailed post on what she did and what’s she’s currently doing.
I exercise on a very regular basis; normally 5 to 6 days a week, so exercise wasn’t my problem. Over the years, I’ve gained belly, back and arm fat that I want to get rid of and I knew it was because of what I was eating. Because I create recipes for a living, I try these viral food trends and just love food, I am literally eating all the time. I wasn’t holding back and was allowing myself to eat anything and everything I wanted. Where I was trying to control things was in portion sizes.
I started trying to limit my portion sizes and tried to stop snacking after dinner. I was working out 5 to 6 times a week and although I don’t believe in a scale and weighing yourself, I could tell in my clothing and energy level that I needed to do something different. I was gaining weight and was starting to feel sluggish even though I exercise quite a bit.
I signed up for the 6- week program and am up finishing week one tomorrow. I can already see a difference in my body, the way I feel and the way my clothes are fitting so I can’t wait to see where I am after 6 weeks. The program consists of: Intermittent fasting, Macronutrient Tracking: counting my macros (carbs, fats, protein and fiber), drinking a lot of water, eating whole foods and cutting out sugar and dairy.
In the mornings, I love my coffee. I would basically take my cream with coffee. I would use the sugar filled caramel flavored Coffee Mate Natural Bliss coffee creamer. Because I was using oat milk and it was supposed to be the more natural alternative, I thought it was fine.
It’s only been one week but I can already tell how intermittent fasting is affecting my body. To get the benefits of intermittent fasting, you need to fast for at least 12 hours. That’s how long it takes your body to switch from using glucose for energy to using fat for energy; thus helping you burn fat. With the Faster Way to Fast Loss program, they actually say to fast for 12 or 16 hours. I’m doing the 16 hours and eating during the remaining 8 hours. In addition to the morning coffee, my other habit was eating a protein bar before going to the gym in the morning. To stay in the fasting state, that meant I couldn’t eat anything in the morning before going to the gym. I actually practiced the week prior and I was fine. I was worried a little about my energy level but I was ok.
On Day 2, after tasting my coffee with Nut Pods, a dairy and sugar free alternative, which I am allowed to use, I thought I was going to die. I wasn’t getting my sugar fix in the morning. I immediately thought, how am I going to do this and I didn’t even finish my cup of coffee because it was so gross to me. I’m definitely not a black coffee drinker. But by Day 4, everything was working and I was fine with my new morning coffee.
Changing The Way I Eat
Things that are helping me: Have food prepped. It was key for me to have a hardboiled egg already cooked and peeled and ready to eat. I also now have marinated chicken in the fridge, defrosted salmon and cut up veggies and fruit, all ready to go. It’s a lot of prep but I think it’s worth it. With this program, you have to plan, grocery shop and meal prep. Their app, which I love because it helps you track your water intake, keep track of your macros, also provides a meal plan with sample meals and recipes so it’s super convenient and great I think.
Here are some of my meals I ate this past week: A tofu spinach scramble, lot of chicken, some sweet potatoes, salmon, some rice, lots of eggs and berries and some protein smoothies. I’ve also been enjoying almonds and almond butter, bananas and almond butter, or berries and nuts for snacks.
If you see me sharing a ramen, pasta or making another big sandwich or panini, it’s an old video that I am re-sharing. So, over the next 5 weeks or so, I’ll definitely be sharing more whole foods recipes that are more protein and vegetable based and I am going to try my best to stay sugar and dairy free for the next 5 weeks.
If I have time, I’ll post a mid-program update but if I don’t, I’ll definitely post an update after the 6 weeks are complete! Until then, if this is something you are interested in, check out their website. I’m not trying to sell anything to anyone. Just being transparent about what I’m doing in real life!