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I Lost 23 Pounds and Here are 15 Truths You Need to Know to Get Fit

These tips can make weight loss much easier.
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Losing 23 pounds is tough but not impossible—provided you stick to some specific rules. TikTok influencer Blake is sharing some very useful fitness advice with his followers on social media. His "60-second blueprint" contains valuable guidance and pointers about what does and doesn't work when it comes to getting fit and burning fat. His advice is straightforward—from what you should be doing to what you certainly should not. Here are 15 truths you need to know to get fit and lose weight.

Calorie Deficit

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If you are not in a calorie deficit, you will not lose weight, Blake insists. Whatever diet you are following, be it keto, carnivore, vegan, or whatever—it only works if you are taking in less than you are burning off. Make sure you count your calories.

High-Protein Diet

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Blake recommends one gram of protein for every pound of body weight. Therefore, if a person is 150 pounds, they should be eating 150 pounds of protein every day. This is important for weight loss and strength-building.

Moderately High-Fat Diet


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Blake recommends eating plenty of healthy fats. "For men, I would suggest one-third of your body weight in grams," he says. "If you weigh 150 pounds, make sure you have at least 50 grams of fat. Women, I would not suggest you go below 60 grams."

Progressive Overloading

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Blake recommends doing the same core effective workouts repeatedly. "You want to progressively overload," he says. "Maybe one week you add a rep, maybe you add five pounds. Maybe you do an extra set."

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Fruits and Vegetables

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Blake recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables but admits he doesn't always do that himself. Why? Whenever he buys strawberries and blueberries, they go bad within a few days. The best way to store blueberries is in an open container in the fridge, not an airtight one. Only wash them before eating.

Cruciferous Vegetables

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Blake is working on getting more cruciferous vegetables into his diet. "Cruciferous vegetables are easy to find in most places and are some of the most nutrient-rich veggies around," Amber Sommer, RD, LD, tells the Cleveland Clinic. "A good rule of thumb for greens or any fruits or vegetables is that the deeper the color, the more nutrient-dense it is. For example, spinach contains more vitamins and minerals than iceberg lettuce."

Watch Your Electrolytes

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Blake says he was dealing with brain fog until supplementing with electrolytes. "Cutting carbs made me very susceptible to this," he says. Blake would mix salt and no-salt to get enough electrolytes into his system.

Go For a Walk

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Blake does not agree with fitness experts who say walking should not be counted as exercise. He believes any movement is good, and should be encouraged. Research shows walking is a great way to burn fat and positively impact mental health.

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Walk On An Incline

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Blake recommends walking on an incline. "If you want to burn even more calories, you can max out the treadmill (incline), and it increases the caloric burn by 30-50 percent," he says. "As a general rule of thumb for someone who weighs 150 pounds, you burn 100 calories per mile.

Don't Hold On to the Treadmill

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Blake advises against holding the bar on the treadmill. "This has been shown to reduce the calories burned for your exercise by like 30 percent," he says. If you have to, lower the speed and incline until you're used to not using your hands, he suggests.

Low-Carb Tortillas

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There's no need to cut out all your favorite foods—just make healthier swaps, Blake suggests. For Mexican food, try the low-carb tortillas. They tend to be low in calories and high in fiber, which makes them an ideal weight-loss food.

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Eat More Yogurt

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Blake recommends low-fat yogurt as a great substitute for higher-calorie options such as sour cream. The taste is similar, but the yogurt is lower in calories, he says about the food swap. Yogurt also has more protein, and gut-friendly probiotics.

Sugar-Free Jello Cups

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Blake loves the sugar-free jello cups for a sweet treat. "These are indistinguishable from the full-sugar counterpart," he says. "I'm not going to know which is which."

Weight Loss Hacks

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Blake recommends saving your favorite media for your fitness activities. This way you get to enjoy the fitness behaviors more. "Whether that be food prepping or cardio, save your favorite TV show, music, or podcast for that," he says.

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Reward Yourself

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Blake recommends rewarding yourself when you reach each goal. "Maybe every 10 pounds loss, you give yourself a cheeseburger or some sort of desert," he suggests as an example. "If there is something to gain from achieving your goals, you are more likely to achieve them."

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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