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This will depend on how heavy are to begin with and how many meals you replace. Our research suggests that if you replace all 3 meals each day, you could expect to lose 2-4 kilos per week. Replacing 2 meals could see you losing 1.5-3 kilos per week.
Remember, if you aren’t seeing the results you were hoping for, watch for hidden calories. Coffees with milk, alcohol and carbohydrates, creamy dressings and oil in your other meals could be sabotaging your weight loss.
You might see a slight plateau after a few weeks. Don’t be discouraged. Weight loss can be more dramatic at the beginning and then naturally slow down as you get closer to your goal weight. Keep at it, because the weight will continue to drop off.
If you are eating lunch or dinner, then try and keep it high protein (a piece of lean beef or chicken) and low carbs, with a large salad or low starch steamed vegetables (eg beans, broccoli, carrots etc).
Carbohydrates (such as pasta, rice, bread), can cause weight gain because of our tendency to overeat them. Obviously some are fine, but the key would be to try and keep these to a minimum. Protein, on the other hand, helps build muscle (which fuels your metabolism) and you are also less likely to overeat protein. A big serving of non-starchy vegetables will also help to fuel your body and can help fill you up while being low in calories.
A piece of grilled chicken, with a large serving of broccoli, courgettes, beans, cauliflower, stir-fried with garlic and lemon juice, for example, could be an excellent dinner.
Replace oils and sauces with calorie-free herbs and spices to keep it interesting and tasty
Because FastFx contains absolutely everything your body needs, you can replace all three meals for as long as you like. Once you have reached your weight goal you can reduce to fewer meals per day for maintenance.
Ketosis is a metabolic process that occurs when the body begins to burn fat reserves for energy once there are not enough carbohydrates. During this process the liver produces chemicals called ketones.
Ketosis is the ultimate zone for weight loss and can be very difficult to get into with normal dieting alone. FastFx is carefully formulated to put your body into ketosis quicker.
We do know that it is slightly tricky to blend. This is mainly because it is all natural. Many other powdered drinks contain anti-caking products to help the powder dissolve, but we really wanted to keep it all natural, so, sorry, but a little bit more work is required.
Using a blender is the easiest way to blend your smoothie, and it also slightly aerates it, which gives it a lovely smooth texture.
Our flavour profiles have been designed to have subtle flavours. They are intentionally not overly sweet and with muted tones. There are several reasons for this.
Because the ingredients in FastFx are all natural, the flavour intensity is less than that of synthetic flavourings.
Also, other Meal Replacements on the market have very artificial, sweet, ‘milkshake’ type flavours. After a few days it becomes very difficult to drink these intense flavours. We have found that, generally, people find a more subtle flavour more palatable over a longer period of time.
Another reason for our subtle flavour is that flavours, even natural ones, contain calories. The more flavour we add, the more calories, and, ultimately, the less weight loss.
We are also passionate about helping people recondition their taste buds. As a culture we have become very used to intense, artificial, sweet, flavourings. We believe that having a more subtle flavour helps to change the bodies dependency on sweet things. This will help towards reconditioning the body’s expectations when you return to a normal diet.
This is personal preference of course, but most people like between 350-500ml of water per serve (3 scoops).
You have the choice of mixing it with just water, or using 50/50 water and trim milk. This is totally up to you and your weight loss goals. Adding the milk will give you a bit more energy and fill you up a bit more, but will add more calories, so also slow down the weight loss slightly. Our suggestion is, if you can, just mix it with water. This will provide maximum weight loss.
On days when you might be struggling more for energy, try changing to a 50:50 mix of water and skimmed milk, (or almond or soy etc). Just remember it will increase the calorie count slightly.
Water is by far the best thing you can drink (about 2 litres a day is best). It really helps to fill you up. If you’re feeling hungry then try a large glass of water. Water also helps energise muscles, hydrate your skin, flush your kidneys and your digestive system, so it’s important to drink as much water as you can.
If you find drinking 2 litres difficult, try Sparkling Water, or add lemon, cucumber or a strawberry to your water bottle.
You can also drink Sugar Free drinks. Diet or Sugar free Fizzy drinks are fine.
Try and stay away from Juices (which are very high in sugar), Milk (milk in your coffee can be a hidden trap), and wine, beer and spirits.
If you do have to drink alcohol, your lowest calorie option is spirits with sugar free mixers (eg Gin and diet tonic). Dry white wine and champagne are the next lowest calorie alcoholic drinks.
Yes, but try to have them with no milk or sugar. Milky coffee can be a real trap for weight loss. In fact, a Starbucks Latte contains 230 calories!
Black coffee and tea are the best option.
For most people, the caffeine level in your body halves roughly every six hours. So that means 50 per cent of the caffeine from your cuppa at 4pm is still circulating in your system at bedtime.
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Absolutely, just remember that most additions will increase the calories.
If you aren’t trying to lose a lot of weight, or if you are using FastFx as an easy, quick alternative to breakfast or lunch, then adding fruit to the mix can be a great way to introduce some variety. Go to our recipe section for some ideas of low calorie additions to your smoothie.
Most researchers now agree that weight loss is mostly won and lost in what you eat. Exercise is crucial, but what you consume is the most important thing to concentrate on. If you are eating unhealthily it can be almost impossible to burn all the calories through exercise.
The FastFx programme will ensure that you are eating very low calories, so you’ve got that side covered.
But you can use exercise to really boost your weight loss. Obviously exercise burns calories, but it also builds muscle, which helps increase your metabolism. Exercise also releases endorphins and serotonin, which are hormones that help you feel great. Exercise also helps you feel more connected with your body. The better you feel, and the more in touch you are with your body, the more weight you will lose.
As a general guideline, we suggest moderate exercise for 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week, but it does all depend on your starting point.
If you are already exercising, awesome. Keep it up and make sure that every walk, gym session, and run really counts. Try and lift your heart rate as much as you can – choose exercise that will raise a sweat. Try and get 3 sessions of high intensity exercise in a week.
If exercise is new to you, or if you are very overweight, then our suggestion is simply to move more than you are now. Think about your day and try and move more. Go for a few short walks. Take the stairs instead of the lift, park your car in a carpark a little further away. Walk up and down the hallway while your waiting for the kettle to boil. Every extra step you take is extra calories you burn. Don’t be discouraged if you find exercising difficult to begin with. You are retraining your body and it can take time. If you have added just one extra step in today, then you are winning!
Our Pinterest page has some great posts with exercises you can do at home, so you could follow that to get some ideas https://www.pinterest.nz/24761evq2udagw4cu9oripachlpy41/boards/
Most people report having great energy levels on FastFx despite the low calories. A few people however might feel a bit tired near the end of the day when they first start the programme. Here is why…
Our bodies are used to burning instant energy (the energy we get from sugars and carbs). When you start on the FastFx Meal Replacement, your body converts over to burn stored energy instead. It’s not used to it. If you feel a little tired it is your body complaining because it’s so used to burning the easy, readily accessible sugars and carbohydrates. When you start with FastFx your body will switch into fat burning mode. This is where you’re going to see your results. So, even if it is hard, we really encourage you to push through those first few days.
If you’re really struggling to get through the day we can suggest a few things. Try having all your meal replacements a little bit later in the day. Some people feel the best when they don’t have their breakfast smoothie until about 9 or 10, then have lunch at about 2. This makes it much easier to make it through to dinner without feeling tired or hungry. If this still doesn’t work then you could try a coffee at about 4pm (caffeine takes 1/2 an hr to get into your system). Failing that, you could add a piece of fruit about 4pm to tide you over.
We know it’s hard, but we really encourage you to dig deep in these moments because you’ll begin to see real progress. Remind yourself that it’s your body transferring over to burn your fat reserves and we would expect in a few days you’ll begin to feel amazing.
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