16 Responses to Faster Way to Fat Loss Honest Review

  1. Thanks for this honest review! A couple people raved about FWTFL, the small group aspect, and personal attention/accountability from the coach – so I just joined the 9/9 group and I feel like I wasted the money already. There’s no small groups anymore, only the big FB group (1100+) – and it’s exactly how you described it – it’s total chaos – and I can already tell the coaches have missed a couple of my comments and questions. It’s like a herd of cattle going every direction. That’s not what I’m comfortable with at all. Ironically, I feel quite isolated and alone in the process (I didn’t have friends to sign up with). I’m trying my best to just do the program on my own, post for my own sense of accountability, copy the resources for afterwards, and move on. Another difference from what I thought it was, is that it’s 5 days of Regular Macro and 2 days of Low Carb, that’s it – so no “Low Macro” days. To me this not really carb cycling, but I can’t ask about it yet because I read ahead and we haven’t reached that training yet formally. Anyway, sorry to vent but I appreciated your page on this.

    • Hmmm, are you sure there aren’t small groups? I had some friends go through the July round and they were assigned to coaches and small groups. It does take a few days after the start date for them to get everyone assigned to a group, and I know a lot of people in my round had trouble finding the FB invites for their small group. Maybe they’ve adjusted the small groups to roll out a little bit later? I’d be REALLY surprised if they did away with them completely. It might be worth reaching out to customer service to clarify that. Honestly, for me, the “formula” of the back-to-back low carb days along with the fasting and macro tracking was all it took for me to see amazing results. Not only in lost pounds and inches (that I’ve kept off since June!) but in increased energy and less fatigue through the day. I felt the same way that you did after the first week – a little disillusioned by all the hype and feeling like I paid way too much for what I was getting – but if you focus on following the materials they gave you and taking advantage of all those resources to implement the program, I bet you’ll see good results. Looking back, I feel like I was oversold on some elements of the program, but I do think I got my money’s worth just in the strategies and nutrition plan alone; because here I am over 4 months later, still using it! Good luck – I’m confident you’ll rock this all on your own!

      • Ya after four weeks they said they were changing our portal and rolling our large FB group into a Larger VIP group? I didn’t care for it at that point. Maybe they meant smaller and I misunderstood? It sounded like it was going to be EVERYONE together or something because the video said “you’ll have more people to keep you on track and inspire you.” Since I had gained weight the first couple weeks with all the carb amounts, I wasn’t inspired to continue. To be fair, I’m sicker than others – with MS, IBS and Adrenal Fatigue, so I realize I need more healing and help than this can offer. Of course only after signing up they commented that I might need more attention (ya thanks). Even though I had emailed to see if they have others with these problems. That’s great news that your gut, hormones, and health are doing so well and have allowed you to see results! I’m happy for you!

  2. I did a round in March and had the SAME experience with the groups and the coach. No recipes. However, I got off track over the summer so rather than spend ANOTHER $200 I just need to get back to tracking. You are so right re: learning the formula.

    Thanks for your review (glad I wasn’t the only one who had a less than stellar experience after reading ALL the amazing things from so many bloggers)

  3. I’m doing it right now and I have a personal coach and am in a small Facebook group of 5 ladies. I’m not in that large Facebook group at all. My coach is pretty quick to respond to my Instagram DMs. I’m pretty disappointed that my coach doesn’t post recipes, but I follow quite a few coaches on Instagram so I find some great recipes. Lillieeatsandtells.com has some really delicious recipes and all the macro counts.

  4. My first FWTFL round began in mid-March. My coach was so-so. She had a baby midway through my round so there was a coach change. Rather than move to VIP right after my first round, I opted to go through a second round with a different coach (Lisa Coop) that I had found on IG and really admired. My second round was MUCH better.

    I’m NOT good about meal planning and I HATE HIIT workouts, but not due to any fault of the FWTFL program…that’s a character flaw in me. I did not do ANY workouts in the first round, just walked on a treadmill a few days a week for 30 minutes, but I still lost 20 lbs and 20 inches!!!

    I joined the VIP program simply for the workouts and the ability to contact the various experts (and there are quite a few). I have a friend that just completed the program with similar results. I agree COMPLETELY that there are organizational/structure/outreach changes needed. I’m not a fan of the portal, but honestly, I haven’t gone into it in the past month to see the changes made recently.

      • I’ve never signed up for VIP…so, no, for me it wasn’t worth it. I have friends that do it and love it, but they’re much more into the workouts (I didn’t do very many of them even in my initial round), so it depends on what you want out of it.

  5. Thank you for sharing so much detailed information as well as “real life” pros/cons. For someone considering this program, it was very helpful. I appreciate your authentic approach. Have a blessed day!

  6. Did you have drinks on this the first 6 weeks or at all after? Also who was the coach your friend used that was awesome!?

    • I did usually have have a drink on leg day through my first 6 weeks…either a hard seltzer or a glass of wine. Then through the rest of the summer I had drinks when I wanted to and didn’t worry too much about it, maybe 2 or 3/week? I was more conscious of WHEN I was drinking though, and tried not to do it later in the evening in order to maximize my fasting time. And I’m sorry, I don’t have the name of the other coach!

  7. I started the program Jan 1. I paid to start it then but I was actually on vacation with my daughters so I was late getting into it. I have lost maybe 4 lbs and it is about to be Feb 1. That is disappointing! My fault though because all of the things most normal people know about posting screen shots and doing the App do not work for me because I do not understand how to do those things. I reached out and got a couple of responses but nothing helped. I have had a coach contact my email 2 times. Just a generic letter with my name on it. I think the program is extremely hard.

    • You’re absolutely right – it definitely requires a big commitment of both time and energy. I actually tried to jump on board another round this month too and ended up deciding it was causing more stress and taking more time than I was willing to put into it right now. And you do have to advocate for yourself in the groups by posting your screen shots or asking questions when you don’t understand how to do something – you can’t wait for your coach to come to you. Honestly though, 4 pounds is not something to be disappointed about, especially since you started late and you’ve only really been at it for 3 weeks! I’d encourage you to focus more on inches lost and the fit of your clothes, rather than pounds. Despite the poor organization of the groups, I still believe that the “formula” of this program really works, if you do it correctly. It’s really important for you to post your screenshots so your coach can make sure you’re doing it right – don’t be afraid to reach out and ask basic questions if you need to. That’s what you’re paying for. I’d also encourage you to really focus through the last week or so and try to stick to the program 100% – both to fast track your results but also to make sure you’ve really learned the program, so you can continue it on your own after the 6 weeks are over.

  8. Thank you Meredith for such a great review. What amazing results you achieved! I signed up for my first 6 week program that started yesterday. Like you I kept seeing it all over IG and felt like they were pushing it but their results said it all. I had also done many Beachbody programs in the past year but got sick in June 2019 and had to stop my workouts and meal plans. Im on the mend now and with not working out since last June my muscle is all gone and i weight less then I was but my cloths are tighter and I am much more squishier. I decided enough was enough and I would do this program. The $199 price tag was steep (Im in Canada so its about $300 Canadian) but I had to take this leap and sign up. Im so glad I did. Im starting to understand the process just a bit and know there is so much more for me to learn this prep week. Im someone driven by peer pressure, I dont want to fail and know I wasted so much money. Im hoping they have their groups all straightened out as I didnt sign up under a specific coach.

  9. Hi there

    Congratulations on your results. I just signed up for the program. I am coming off a low carb diet and am in shock at the calorie count and carb count. I am afraid of putting on weight. Would you mind sharing your macros and calorie count when you started? Did you eat the required number of calories?

    Thanks

    • That’s one of the things I LOVE about this program! Almost every other diet program out there has you eat at a significant calorie deficit, and from what I understand (since I am certainly no expert) that can actually mess with your metabolism and cause your body to hang onto body fat rather than burn it off. A big priority in this program is fueling your body WELL and eating right. The fat loss comes from the intermittent fasting combined with the carb cycling, and is supercharged by the way the workouts are designed to line up with the carb cycling. It’s important that you trust the program and do your best to hit your macros each day. When I was strictly counting my macros I was always struggling to eat enough food – a good problem to have! Your calorie/macro count will totally depend on your current body weight, goal weight, and level of activity so try not to compare with others. But if you’re worried it might be incorrect definitely double check with your coach that you have your macros set up correctly.

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