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How I Lost 25 Pounds in 3 Months Without Starving Myself

Here’s how this expert did it.
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TikTok health influencer Danielle (@danielle_the_dietitian) lost 25 pounds in three months and did it in the most sensible and sustainable way possible. Not only did she not starve herself, but Danielle continued to eat her favorite foods, like bread, whenever she felt like it. Here's how she lost the weight and kept it off and what her best weight loss advice is for anyone who wants to simplify the process.

Potatoes Every Day


Danielle focused on working out and tracking her calories to make sure she was always in a deficit while losing weight. "Potatoes are a very filling, high-volume food, she says. "About 140 grams of cooked potatoes—which is a nice-sized serving—has 30 grams of carbs. I made these roasted potatoes every week to have for breakfast or as a side for lunch or dinner when I was in a calorie deficit."

Lots of Protein

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Danielle's best advice for those starting on their fitness journey is to keep track of what food they are eating, and to prioritize protein. This way you know how many calories you are taking in, and the protein will help kickstart a healthier diet. She also recommends eating breakfast every morning.

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She Loves Bread

Sliced rye bread on cutting board. Whole grain rye bread with seeds on rustic background

Danielle happily admits she eats plenty of food to fuel her workouts, especially delicious bread. "If there is one thing I do, it is to eat and fuel my body," she says. "My current goal is to put on muscle." Danielle typically eats 2,300-2,400 calories a day.

Lots of Water

Eight glasses of water a day

Danielle walks at least 8000 steps every day and stays hydrated. "I drink about 100 ounces of water each day," she says. "And I lift weights five days a week. Even when I was in a calorie deficit and waiting 1,800 calories a day, I was still eating bread."

High-Protein Shrimp Tacos

Delicious sauteed shrimp with cajun seasoning and lime on a maple plank.

Danielle makes shrimp tacos with a whopping 40 grams of protein. "This is one of the easiest meals for lunch or dinner and so tasty," she says. "Shrimp are high in protein and low in fat. Enjoy!" Danielle will add toppings to her shrimp, depending on how hungry she is.

Overnight Oats


Danielle's favorite pre-workout meal is overnight oats. "These overnight oats are pretty filling, so I would recommend them if you have an hour or two to eat before the workout," she says. "These will give you lasting energy to fuel even the toughest workout. I always eat something before a workout and I recommend that my clients do the same, even if you have to wake up a little earlier to get some food in."

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Focus on Macros

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Danielle recommends focusing on macros over trying to lose weight. "Learning how to count macros and how to meet your calorie/protein goals daily not only gets you to your fitness goal but makes it maintainable," she says. "If you learn how to count macros and are consistent with it, the weight loss will come. Focus on learning the skill first, and everything will fall into place."

💪🔥Body Booster: Focus on protein and make sustainable changes.

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Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more