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The FAST Diet

The Dean family proves that group support and common sense lead to weight loss.

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The F.A.S.T. Diet stands for Families Always Succeed Together. And in this case, it certainly did. The program was started when a family of eight, between the ages of 23 and 59, lost a whopping 500 pounds together. Convinced that they needed to share their keys to success, the Deans helped 100 random volunteers lose 4,000 pounds the next year.

The gist of the family's dieting philosophy is that you don't need pills or fancy packaged foods. What you need most is to team up with someone to help hold yourself accountable. The F.A.S.T. Diet explains a total of 10 mistakes that we make in our continual effort to lose weight and keep it off, and the program mostly centers around abandoning most of what you used to do. As the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The Dean family is taking their message from city to city, helping people lose weight using the F.A.S.T Diet. In fact, the website has a page with an open letter to the country's elected officials to organize their constituents to lose weight like the Dean family and the 100 people who lost 4,000 pounds.

  • The F.A.S.T. Diet is an inspiring concept designed by ordinary folks
  • The family documents a list of physicians who lend support to their plan
  • Available in a published book
  • A common sense approach to healthy weight loss
  • Encourages a support system for weight loss
  • No guidance for exercise

The F.A.S.T. Diet website doesn't give recipes, but it hints at the philosophy that appears in the book, which is to stay flexible, and use common sense about food rather than worry about rigid systems.


The F.A.S.T Diet website only mentions that you need to have an exercise routine in a complete weight loss package.


The attraction in the F.A.S.T. Diet is its populist appeal. That is, it's done by regular people with everyday experiences and challenges. Their secret really is about teamwork. It's much easier to get through the challenge of weight loss if you have someone else's support. Couple the handy advice and the backing of people in the health industry, and The F.A.S.T. Diet starts to sound like a motivational program that's well worth further investigation.

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Related Diets: Spark People, Weight Watchers, Eat This, Not That for Kids, Shaq's Family Challenge

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William (Bill) Brown

This works! I do not feel like I am on a diet, because this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. My wife and I are supporting each other and having wonderful success!

posted Jun 12th, 2008 9:28 pm


I'm a walking, talking example of how great this works! I've lost almost 100 lbs and gained a world of knowledge that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life! I owe my life to the Dean family! Thanks, guys!

posted Jun 12th, 2008 4:56 pm


I love Tony and his family for getting the word out there. This book and family have changed my life. 38 pounds so far and I'm so much more happy!

posted Jun 12th, 2008 4:56 pm

Kathy D

The Dean Family has been wonderful without their help and pushing how important to be healthy is I probably would be 45 pds heavier.. Their program has done me well and made me enjoy working out.. Thanks to all the Dean Family --- We All Can Be Losers....

posted Jun 12th, 2008 4:56 pm


i really love what you've done dean family! you battled two american epidemics- family togetherness and obesity! thanks for setting such a great example and making it available to the rest of us.

posted Jun 12th, 2008 1:46 pm


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