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13 Lifestyle Changes That Melt Away Body Fat

Learn how to lose weight – and keep it off.
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Are you looking to melt away body fat? Sure, grueling workouts and a caloric deficit is always an easy equation for weight loss. However, if you want to burn body fat – and keep it off for good – you are going to need to make lifestyle changes, according to one expert. Fitness instructor Kim Turner of Fitness Snob reveals 13 lifestyle changes that melt away body fat for good.

Hydrate for Fulfillment

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"Increase water intake to promote feelings of fullness, reducing the urge to indulge in unhealthy snacks and supporting your journey to better health," suggests Turner.

Set Joyful Goals

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"Infuse your fitness journey with excitement by setting enjoyable, achievable goals, turning exercise into a rewarding adventure rather than a daunting task," Turner says. "For example, challenge yourself to hit a certain number of steps each day or reward yourself with a gold star for each completed workout."

Monitor Caloric Intake Mindfully

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"Track your calorie consumption while making mindful food choices, opting for nutrient-dense options to fuel your body effectively," Turner recommends.

Prioritize Protein

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Boost protein intake "to prolong feelings of fullness and maintain muscle mass during weight loss," Turner suggests. "Aim to intake the amount of protein equivalent to your goal weight."

Elevate Your Attire

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"Invest in stylish workout gear to enhance motivation and excitement for exercise, ensuring you look and feel your best during every workout, right down to your tight-knit, supportive, and stylish Fitness Snob crew socks," she recommends. "Research proves that when you feel good about how you look, the more you want to get out and workout."

Ignite Your Day with Morning Workouts

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"Start your day with a morning workout to establish consistency and reduce the risk of missing your workout due to schedule interruptions later in the day," Turner says.

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Ignite Your Day with Morning Workouts

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Turner likes to rise and exercise. "Start your day with a morning workout to establish consistency and reduce the risk of missing your workout due to schedule interruptions later in the day," she explains.

Do What You Love


"Don't fall victim to other people's comments about what you should be doing. Be unapologetic about your preferences and embrace the activities that bring you joy and fulfillment," encourages Turner. "You don't have to do what everyone else does."

Explore Personal Fitness Preferences

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Not sure what brings you joy and fulfillment yet? "Utilize platforms like ClassPass to explore a variety of workouts and find the perfect fit for your lifestyle, embracing diversity and refinement in your fitness routine," suggests Turner.

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Be Held Accountable


Find a buddy to help you on your journey. "Pair up with someone to provide mutual support and encouragement on your fitness journey, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared success," says Turner.

Track Your Triumphs

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Turner recommends monitoring your progress with a fitness watch or app "to stay motivated and accountable," she explains. "Celebrating your achievements will help you stay focused on your goals."

Set Sustainable Goals


"Establish realistic, sustainable goals to promote a balanced approach to health and wellness, prioritizing long-term success and fulfillment over short-term fixes," Turner urges.

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Rejuvenate with Quality Sleep

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Don't forget to get enough slumber. "Prioritize restful sleep to support weight loss efforts and overall well-being, awakening refreshed and ready to conquer each day with renewed vitality," Turner concludes.

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want to burn fat and keep it off, it will take more than just cutting calories and exercising. Focus on making sustainable lifestyle changes.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more