I’m in the middle of my second round of Faster Way to Fat Loss, so I wanted to share some tips that help make this lifestyle as successful as possible for me!
If you’re not familiar with Faster Way to Fat Loss, start HERE.
1. Pre-planning my meals in My Fitness Pal.
I track my macros in My Fitness Pal (a FREE fitness app you can download to your phone), typically by scanning the barcodes of the item right into the app. It’s extremely convenient, and is also pre-loaded with tons food already, so it makes tracking your nutrition an absolute cinch. I find that I’m able to better stay on track with my macros when I pre-load the entire day into MFP. So, as soon as I get up, I add what I’m planning to eat that day and can instantly visualize where there are overages or deficits. This allows me to adjust what I’m eating as needed in order to fuel my body best. (Best news: FWTFL isn’t about counting calories #praisehands You track your macros – fancy for proteins + fats + carbs – that are specific to you and your body. None of this 1200 cal starvation diet garbage. Tracking your macros allows you to ensure that your body is getting exactly what it needs.)
2. Drink ya some good ol’ fashioned H20.
I mean, everyone says this, but it’s true: stay hydrated. Get your daily intake in, no excuses. I’ve been on a sparkling water kick, but I (forcefully) make myself drink at least 1 liter of the regular stuff from the tap, too. (Sidenote: it’s helping my skin clear up tremendously!) This Mint Flavored Sparkling Mineral Water from Fresh Thyme is delish.
3. Budget your day.
What I mean by that is this: make yourself a priority. You’re worth carving out 30-40 minutes each day to get a workout in or to have a decent meal. So, look at your day the night before and decide I will take this time for me and then write it down in your pretty little planner or post a reminder to your phone. I work out at home, often with kids underfoot and Paw Patrol blaring in the background because I’m important to me. No one else is going to prioritize your health but you, so don’t let non-priorities try to steal your day away (i.e. unnecessary commitments, social media, sedentary Netflix binges, etc).
4. Snack smart.
I’m a former pretzels and Diet Coke snacker, so I get you when you say you need your daily pick-me-up. Don’t give up on mid-day snacking, just snack smarter. Here’s a few of my faves…
Everything Nuts | Joseph’s Pita + Bumble Bee Tuna | RX Bars
Duke’s Jerky | Elli Brownie Batter Quark | La Tortilla Whole Wheat w/ Justin’s Almond Butter and Banana Slices
Kitchen & Love Cauliflower Quick Meals | Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut + Dark Chocolate Almonds (mix them together and it’s like a candy bar!) | Mamma Chia Squeezes
5. Repeat after me: PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION.
Perfection is awful and boring and the reason so many people fail gimmicky diet and weight loss programs. You cannot expect yourself to be perfect because you’ll have a busy day with no workout or drinks with friends after hours or an I JUST NEED TO ORDER A PIZZA BECAUSE HELLO BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON IS ROUGH day. Guess what?! It’s OKAY! Tomorrow is a new day and each day brings a new opportunity for progress. You’ve got to change your mindset to accommodate this phrase and quit being so dang hard on yourself.
BONUS TIP: Stay committed.
We’re talking six week, guys. SIX WEEKS. That’s it. And, if you commit to six weeks you could very well be committing to a full-on lifestyle change. (Personal story: The most I’ve ever lasted in a fitness program is three months. That’s it. This time I said NO MORE. I’m 35-years-old and it’s TIME to get healthy and stay that way. I’ve committed to do FWTFL for ONE WHOLE YEAR. I posted my first round progress pics in THIS POST.)