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The Fast Track to Fat Loss: Speed Up Your Progress

/ 09:32 AM March 06, 2023

Everybody wants to be healthy and fit. Many Americans resort to crash diets, high-intensity exercise, and diet pills, searching for a faster way to fat loss.

But what is the faster way to shed fat? I invite you to read on and learn about the weight loss ins and out and how you can jump-start your fitness journey.

Why This Guide is Different

Why This Guide is Different

If you’re determined to shed those extra challenging pounds, you’re a perfect candidate for Amanda Tress’s weight loss guide, ‘Faster Way to Fat Loss.’

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In her book, the author shares her weight loss journey and offers fitness and nutrition strategies. 

Overview/ Strategies for faster weight loss

With details on the latest approach to intermittent fasting, the book provides a comprehensive guide to help you achieve successful weight loss through fasting, tracing macronutrients, carb cycling, and physical activities.

  • Intermittent fasting means dividing one’s time between “eating windows” and periods of abstinence. 
  • Tracing macronutrients – keeping track of everything you eat
  • Carb cycling planning specific low-carb days, regular days, and low macro days. 
  • Doing physical activities such as regular exercise (low-impact to high-intensity exercises).  

Eating for Weight Loss Success

Eating for Weight Loss Success

Importance of a balanced diet 

One essential factor in losing weight starts with food. What comprises a healthy diet? The right combination of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, high-quality fats, small amounts of carbohydrates, and starches contributes to weight loss.  

Check out this food guide when you plan your meals:

Proteins: organic, lean cuts of meat, wild-caught fish, pasture-raised eggs, organic, full-fat dairy, beans, pulse legumes, whey, and vegan protein powders.


Vegetables: onion, cucumber, zucchini, olives, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, lentils, spinach, salad/lettuce, radishes.

Fruits: banana, raisins, mango, apple, pears, apricots, pineapple, blueberries, cranberries, kiwi, melon.

Healthy Fats: avocado, coconut oil, pasture-raised butter, nuts, nut butter.

Carbs: oats, brown rice, quinoa, whole-grain bread, whole-grain pasta.

Dairy: low-fat cheese and milk, low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, Kefir.

Understanding macronutrients and their role in weight loss

Our body needs macronutrients or macros to remain healthy. They are essential nutrients that are key to good health.

We need macros to allow our bodies to function correctly. Simply put, there are three main macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

But how much should we consume? Consuming 45-65% carbohydrates and 20-35% fats is suggested. And 10-35% protein.

However, caloric count and macro requirements vary according to weight, age, sex, and if individuals suffer from medical conditions. 

Meal Planning and Portion Control Tips

Another critical factor in weight loss is meal planning and portion control. It is encouraged to eat three meals a day with a snack or dessert. One’s meal should have a serving of each food group.

There should be protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables). Load up on fiber and vegetables. Try to avoid processed foods and sugary treats. 

Active Lifestyle for Faster Weight Loss

Active Lifestyle for Faster Weight Loss

Physical activity is vital to weight loss. Aerobic exercise, running, swimming, and walking help burn calories and contribute to weight loss. 

Types of exercises for maximum weight loss

No exercise can guarantee weight loss, but various physical activities can help you achieve your goals.

  • Cardiovascular exercises: Cycling, running, swimming, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can burn many calories.
  • Strength training: Weightlifting or bodyweight exercises like push-ups and squats can improve muscle mass, boost metabolism, and aid in weight loss.
  • Yoga: Low-impact exercise helps increase flexibility and relaxation while also burning calories.
  • Dancing: A fun way to stay active and burn calories while having fun.
  • Hiking: A great way to enjoy nature and physical activity while burning calories.

The role of strength training in weight loss 

Strength training helps improve your metabolism; muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue. You’ll burn more calories even when you’re not exercising.

Strength training can also target and reduce body fat, especially with a calorie-controlled diet.

Mental Preparedness for Weight Loss

Mental Preparedness for Weight Loss

The role of mindset in successful weight loss

Changing your mindset is not accessible, but you can develop a more positive outlook with time and effort. A positive outlook motivates you to stick to your diet and exercise routine.

Understanding your goal is paramount to achieving weight loss success. You can take better care of yourself when you have a healthy mindset. Self-care is self-love.

Setting achievable goals and tracking progress

Sticking to a weight loss goal is challenging. Setting realistic goals is essential. Moreover, baby steps first by starting with small, achievable goals and gradually stepping up to more difficult ones as you progress. 

Strategies for overcoming obstacles and sticking to your weight loss plan

  • Keeping a positive attitude and resilience will help you focus on your goals.
  • Keep a food journal to monitor your calorie intake better. 
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can increase hunger pangs. 
  • Make sure that you prepare nutritious meals. 
  •  If you are ‘struggling’ with junk food cravings, satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh fruit.  
  • Seek support by reaching out to friends. 

The Role of Supplements in Weight Loss

The Role of Supplements in Weight Loss

Understanding the role of supplements in weight loss

While diet supplements may help you shed unwanted pounds, check the pros and cons first. Medical professionals prescribe most weight loss pills to those with a body mass index above 3.

Some advantages of weight loss supplements are that they can help change your diet, improve overall health, increase focus, and also help you prevent binge eating. 

Safety concerns and the importance of consulting a healthcare professional

However, the ‘downside’ of the diet pills could result in compromised safety, especially if you take these pills unsupervised, which could result in physical defects or pain.

Even if you take these supplements, exercise is still necessary to make you stronger and fit. 

Popular weight loss supplements and their potential benefits

Here are some popular weight loss supplements and their potential benefits:

  • Green tea extract: Its caffeine and catechins content boost metabolism and increase fat burning.
  • Garcinia Cambogia has hydroxy citric acid, inhibiting fat production and curbing appetite.
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA): Helps reduce body fat and improve body composition.
  • Probiotics: These may help regulate digestion and reduce belly fat.
  • Caffeine: A stimulant that can increase metabolism, boost energy levels, and enhance physical performance.

Final Thoughts

Going on a diet and trying to be on the lean side is a challenging task. You will encounter bumps along the way. But with a positive mindset, discipline, and a great support system, you can win the battle of the bulge!  

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