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I Lost 40 Pounds in 5 Months by Walking and These Easy Habits

Fitness coach reveals her weight loss hacks.
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Weight loss can be a tricky equation. However, there are many people online sharing their success stories who have shared the healthy habits responsible for dropping weight. Online fitness coach Alexandra, who goes by the handle @alexx.fitt, revealed in a viral video that after struggling to lose weight for years she lost a whopping 40 pounds in five months.


She Started to Make Healthier Choices Every Single Day


"Here's how long it's going to take you to lose weight. I lost 40 pounds and here's what I did and how long it took me," she says in the video, revealing that her weight loss journey first started in 2020. "I think around that time for a whole year I did every single diet, every single workout, every single meal plan, and nothing worked. Nothing would actually help me lose weight."  However, in January 2021, she learned the secret to losing weight fast. "Instead of following a freaking diet, I basically started to make healthier choices every single day," she said in the video.  It "all started with walking and a schedule," she continued. "I made a plan of what time I'm going to eat and what I will be eating. I stuck to that schedule," she added. 

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She Saw Results Within the First Month


There is scientific evidence supporting the benefits of meal planning. Studies the more meals you eat prepared away from home, the higher your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and early death. And, one study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity found meal planning was associated with a healthier diet and less obesity.  Then, from January 2021 on "I literally walked every single day for six months straight," she said. "There were like two days that I missed. Maybe it took me about five, six months to lose 35, 40ish pounds, but I saw results within the first month."


She Lost 50 Pounds in 6 Months

In a recent Instagram video, she got specific about her steps (and also revealed that she lost 50 pounds in six months). "Hear me out walking seriously changes your life, I was able to lose 50lbs in less than 6 months by walking 10k steps a day!" she captioned the post.  A 2018 study published in the journal Obesity found a link between walking 10,000 steps a day and weight loss and weight management. Other studies published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) in JAMA Neurology and in JAMA Internal Medicine also linked walking 10,000 steps a day to less dementia and less cardiovascular disease overall, with less heart disease, less heart failure and fewer strokes.

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Exercise Shouldn't Feel Like Punishment

@alexx.fitt It was more during my journey that i realized #weightloss #mindset ♬ original sound – alexx.fitt

Something else that was helpful for Alex was shifting her mindset. She explains that prior to losing weight, she viewed running as "a form of punishment," but now she feels like exercise is something she is "so grateful for," she wrote in another TikTok. "I'm grateful I get to go on a run and move my body, and I do that kind of stuff because it genuinely makes me feel good. I don't do it as a form of punishment. I'm like, I'm going to feel so good after I run. It's going to clear my mind," she added. 

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Exercise Make Her Feel Good


"I wake up anxious sometimes. So going on a run or even doing a morning workout, I'm like, oh my goodness, this helps me so much. So that's the kind of mindset shift you got to have when you're trying to lose weight. It's a lifestyle. You're doing this stuff because it feels good for you, not because you have to."  Alex is spot on about using exercise to quell anxiety. The American Psychological Association dubs it a "healthy stress reliever," and several studies back up the claim. 

💪🔥Body Booster: Walking 10,000 steps a day is not only an effective workout for weight loss, it can improve your cardiovascular health and ward off cancer, according to research.

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