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This is a difficult question to answer as every individual and everyone participating in the programme is different in so many ways (weights, sugars, exercise, medications, ages, etc).
The different approaches within The Fast 800 can help people who are:
The Online Programme helps to make healthy lifestyle habits easier and provides:
It is important to note that if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, breastfeeding or underweight, you should not do the diet.
Please see ‘Who should AVOID a low calorie diet or fasting’ below for further information.
The Fast 800 programme is not recommended for the following:
As with all lifestyle changes, we recommend you discuss it with your doctor as they will be able to advise you on how to manage any medical conditions and you should always follow their advice. They can also help with any monitoring or tests to see how you are progressing.
For additional information to support the conversation – please share this letter with your doctor to explain the implications of the diet.
Our upgraded Online Programme teaches you the health benefits of a moderately low-carb Mediterranean-style diet, so it becomes a way of eating for life. It is based on the latest science and takes an evidence-based approach to healthy living focusing on nutrition, movement, behavioural change and sustainable lifestyle.
Your first 7 days are free with unrestricted access, and you can cancel anytime. You’ll then be charged £99 / $175 AUD / $130 USD for your 12-week plan.
You will also receive a bonus one month free access to The Fast 800 Life for ongoing support. After that, The Fast 800 Life subscription will renew at £10 / $18 AUD monthly. Remember, you can cancel this subscription at anytime.
The Fast 800 Life subscription gives you full access to all Online Programme content, the private Community as well as all future:
The Online Programme is a guided course and starts straight away however, the first week is a Prepare week to give you time to get ready, your Week 1 will start the Monday after.
In Prepare week, you will still have access to a Meal Plan, exercises, educational content and mindfulness resources.
As the Online Programme is guided, you are unable to pause or restart the course.
You can switch back to previous weeks and you also receive a free four week trial of the monthly subscription service at the end of the Online Programme to allow you to catch up on any missed content.
Results will vary across individuals however, common benefits experienced by past members include:
Most importantly, we like to think of the Online Programme as a plan for life.
Our aim is to put you back in control so that when you finish the programme you can continue to make healthy, sustainable choices.
Our members often comment that the information provided in the Online Programme is invaluable and can easily be incorporated into everyday life.
The easiest measurements are things like:
Some weighing machines will also give you an estimate of your body fat.
You could also take a measure of your resting pulse, as this is a good predictor of future health.
Also, ask your doctor to measure HbA1C (average glucose), cholesterol and your blood pressure.
Yes! The 12-week Online Programme has meal plans specifically created for vegetarians, which will be selected for you following your online assessment.
There are no dedicated vegan fasting meal plans available on The Fast 800 Online Programme.
If you are not fasting, it is possible to adapt The Way of Life approach to create a vegan plan however, it will require your effort to ensure your daily protein requirements are achieved.
There have been many people with certain allergies successfully complete the Online Programme.
The meal plans are not able to exclude certain ingredients. Thus we cannot offer a menu tailored specifically for food aversions, intolerances or allergies, e.g. FODMAP, egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free.
However, you are able to switch out recipes containing offending foods for a more suitable option.
Research shows that a moderately low-carbohydrate Mediterranean-Style diet has unique power not just to restore your body’s ability to reach its ideal weight and stay there, but also to cut your risk of serious disease.
As one of the most studied and healthiest diets in the world – it is at the heart of all we do.
All of the recipes included in the Online Programme are based around the Mediterranean-Style diet.
There are three different approaches:
The Very Fast 800, which is 800 calories per day for up to 12 weeks – this approach is for those that are motivated and want to lose a lot of weight rapidly.
The New 5:2, which is based on five days of healthy eating and two fasting days, created for those who have less weight to lose but would like to experience the other health benefits of fasting and healthy eating.
The Way of Life, which is for those that are already at a healthy weight but would like to improve their overall health.
Many people who have coeliacs disease or a gluten intolerance have successfully completed the Online Programme.
The great majority of the recipes are gluten free and any recipes that do contain gluten can be easily modified to become gluten free.
Our Health Coach team will be able to help with any questions in relation to substitutions.
No, you don’t have to give up any of these whilst following the Online Programme although, obviously, we would certainly advise everyone to stop smoking as soon as possible, irrespective of their blood sugars.
Coffee and alcohol are still allowed on the programme although the calories in both of these drinks need to be included in the daily calorie limit (noting that alcohol is highly calorific).
A pint of beer or a large glass of wine contains 180 calories, so really best avoided or kept to a minimum.
The good news is that red wine is included in the Mediterranean-Style diet, so once you finish The Very Fast 800 and The New 5:2, and move onto ‘The Way of Life’ approach you will be able to introduce alcoholic drinks back into your lifestyle (we go over this in more detail in the Online Programme).
Black coffee and tea are fine although you will need to include any milks in your daily calorie count.
Please note, 800 calories a day (The Very Fast 800) is too low for those who are doing intense or endurance exercise.
If you are doing intense/endurance exercise, you will require more energy than most. You may still be able to follow The Way of Life approach however, you may require extra nutrition to support your training plan.
We would advise seeing your usual health professional before making any lifestyle changes or starting a heavy exercise regime as they will be in the best position to provide personal advice.
You do not need access to Facebook to get the full benefit of the Online Programme. Our Community is private, and hosted by The Fast 800.
All paid member interaction occurs on the website or via email; there is no programme content on Facebook or any other platform.
As noted in our Programme Terms & Conditions 2.1 (c), The Fast 800 Online Programme offers course content and Community support for a fixed period of time.
Upon joining the Online Programme you will immediately access orientation content. Your course is then 12 weeks long and once finished you will move across to our monthly subscription service (with the first month free). Thereafter you can continue accessing course content and Community support for a reduced monthly fee.
The low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean-style meal plans in our Online Programme are balanced for variety, nutrition, calories, protein and taste – designed to keep you fuller for longer to make each phase easily achievable.
With our meal plans on the Online Programme, you can plan for, shop and prepare the week’s food with minimal fuss. Our recipes are designed to be low in effort and high in flavour, and can often be prepared in double quantities to be packed up for dinner or lunch on the go the next day.
Many past members comment on the simplicity and deliciousness of our recipes, which are rich in vegetables, protein, fibre and healthy fats. They are designed with your success in mind and have a variety of options that suit both the keen cook and the novice.
We do not have a payment plan option at this stage.
We accept Mastercard and Visa credit cards and Visa and Maestro debit cards.
You can select to pay in GBP, AUD or USD.
The Fast 800 Online Programme is suitable for people anywhere in the world, as long as they have stable internet/Wi-Fi access.
The Online Programme is run by a global, virtual team in the UK as well as Australia. www.thefast800.com is the only url offering the official 12-week Online Programme and this url is the same for members accessing it from anywhere in the world.
The Very Fast 800 approach is intended to be used for no longer than 12 weeks or until a healthy BMI is achieved, whichever comes first.
After a period of 12 weeks (or the achievement of a BMI within the healthy range) you should transition to The New 5:2 or The Way of Life, by way of gradually increasing your non-fasting days by introducing intermittent fasting and non-fasting days each week.
We also recommend drinking plenty of water and taking a high-quality multivitamin.
The meal plans in the 12-week online programme are currently set up for three meals per day but we are currently working on a 2 meal menu.
In the meantime, you are able to amend the meal plans to suit.
Having a buddy to follow the Online Programme can be very beneficial. If you are happy to do the Online Programme using one account you can just purchase one programme.
This means you will share a login and the emails will only go to one email address. It also means you will have to be happy to do the same diet plan based on one assessment and be at the same level for the exercises.
If you want to track your success separately and you are both at different levels of fitness, it is probably best to purchase two programmes.
Recipes from The Fast 800 Recipe Book are not used on the Online Programme because the rights and permissions remain with the book’s publisher and as such we cannot use them directly.
We have tailored our Online Programme recipes to fit perfectly into your meal plans, so all the hard work is done for you in terms of calorie or macronutrient counting.
As we also follow the principles of the Med-style diet, we have similar recipes to those found in the book. We have also made tweaks to ensure they work well in 12-week Online Programme meal plans – we aim for ease and deliciousness!
We encourage the integration of exercise and activity alongside your lifestyle changes for rapid weight loss and healthy ageing.
If you are injured or have limited mobility it is possible to follow the Online Programme without completing the exercise component. We offer variations to certain exercises to ensure the plan is accessible for most people.
If you are unable to do the exercises the main focus would then be your dietary and mindfulness changes.
We recommend consulting with your usual healthcare professional before completing the exercises to reduce risk. We also recommend reading our medical disclaimer.
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We have many shift workers following the Online Programme who appreciate the challenge of being organised around shift work and schedules that change regularly.
Our team have put a lot of time and effort into making the Online Programme accessible for as many people as possible. For example, meal plan items can be swapped, preferred meals can be favourited, change your number of servings for each meal (ie. cook for yourself or for your family), automated shopping lists, exercise at home (no equipment required) all available from the palm of your hand. Not to mention your cohort, Community and Health Coaches who are there to support and motivate.
We offer three sessions of resistance (20-30 minutes) and two sessions of HIIT (10-15 minutes) workouts per week.
Based on the online assessment you complete at the beginning of the programme, you are either placed on a beginner, intermediate or advanced level.
There is also a library of additional exercises – such as stretching and pilates – if you are looking for more!
We always recommend real food first.
The Fast 800 shakes contain 22 of the key vitamins and minerals plus fibre and protein so are great for busy/stressful days when the convenience of a snack on the go is important.
We suggest no more than 7-10 shakes a week alongside a healthy moderately low-carb Med-style diet.
As a part of your orientation for The Fast 800 you complete a short online assessment to tailor the level of exercise, determine the right level of fasting and align the individual goals of each and every member to their plan.
If you do not have a lot of weight to lose you may be placed on The New 5:2 or The Way of Life.
As your goals and circumstances change, there is likely to be an approach suitable for you, whether you’re looking to lose a lot of weight for better health, or want to eat in a way that will support healthy ageing and promote longevity.
Our interactive and upgraded Online Programme to lose weight for better health is now just a tap away! It is accessible on your desktop, mobile, tablet and laptop. It is now more mobile-friendly than ever before!
We don’t recommend consuming drinks or foods containing artificial sweeteners. Read more about sweeteners here.
We encourage everyone following the Online Programme, particularly those with diabetes or other medical conditions, to share information about The Fast 800 diet and lifestyle with their health professionals.
To make this easier to do, you can use the healthcare professional handout as a useful tool to help you discuss whether The Fast 800 is right for you.
Professor Valter Longo, director of the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute, is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of human ageing. Valter believes very strongly in using the power of fasting to delay ageing and prevent the onset of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Fasting is utilised in the programme in a range of ways.
No. We encourage members to focus on the principles of a moderately low-carb Mediterranean-style diet, rather than too much on macronutrient percentages.
One of the benefits of The Fast 800 is that our team have done all the work for you with managing the macros and creating the meal plans. Practice with our meal plans to ensure these food choices become a way of life.
We encourage full fat dairy and use it in some of our recipes.
To make the plans dairy/lactose-free you will need to substitute the dairy component with your preferred plant based alternatives.
The DIAMOND Study performed by Oxford University and Dr Clare Bailey looked at the feasibility of using an 800 calorie, low-carb, med-style diet as a treatment for people with type 2 diabetes.
After 8 weeks the average weight loss was 9.5kg, sustained over the course of the trial.
Results also included a significant drop in blood sugars, blood pressure and the use of medication.
800 is the generally accepted number of calories used to achieve weight loss in scientific studies. Professor Roy Taylor, leading researcher into the reversal of type 2 diabetes, used 800 calories in his test group in the DiRECT Trial.
We have found that 800 calories is high enough to be manageable for most members, but low enough to trigger a range of desirable metabolic changes.
There are several ways we are different from other shakes.
There are 10 servings per 500g pouch, based on the recommended of 50g per serving.
Our shakes are approximately 200 calories per serve, when made with water.
Our shakes are made with natural ingredients like ground up flaxseed, almonds and coconut so can
have a gritty texture. Check out our serving suggestions
For a small meal (200kcal) take 5 level scoops (50g) of our formulation and add it to 200-300ml of water (add more or less water depending on taste). Shake well and enjoy!
For a creamier texture, try adding unsweetened almond milk or your favourite milk.
We also have some other tips to help you reach your goals and get the best out of the shakes.
We encourage real food first. We are aware that this is not always possible so we recommend 7-10 shakes a week alongside healthy Med-style meals. They are great for a quick and easy breakfast – better and more filling than sugary cereals or other snacks.
Our original shakes contain milk whey and our vegan shakes contain no animal products at all.
There is no added sugar in any of our shakes. Our shakes do contain natural stevia [natural monk fruit] as we want them to taste good, however the amount we use is low. Instead our shakes are made up primarily of healthy fats and proteins with a focus on ground nuts and seeds.
Our vegan shakes are! However our original shakes contains milk whey.
We recommend that you keep the pouch stored in a cool, dark cupboard. You do not need to keep it
in the fridge.
Sometimes the powder gets caught in the seal. Give the seal a bit of a flick to remove the powder.
Click on the link in your order confirmation email to see the status of your order.
We send you an email with a tracking link as soon as your order is on the way. For tracked orders,
use the tracking link provided to check where your order is.
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