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I Lost 100 Pounds at Home Before Even Going to a Gym. Here's How.

One woman details her comprehensive plan.

Sometimes, getting started on your weight loss journey is the hardest part. Liza Marie (@lizamarie_fit) is a weight loss influencer who has dropped a whopping 140 pounds, sharing all of her tricks and tips on TikTok. In a viral video, she reveals exactly what she did to get started on her weight loss journey. "If you want to lose weight and you don't know where to start, listen to this. I lost 100 pounds at home before even getting into a gym," she says. "I lost 140 pounds in total, but a hundred of those pounds in one year for loss at home." We also asked The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian, to weigh in on her strategy. 

The "Power of Walking" Got Her Started on Her Weight Loss Journey

@lizamarie_fit I lost 100 pounds AT HOME !!! Here is my biggest weight loss tip that got me to where i am today. 140 pounds down and maintained for 3 years! #athomeweightloss #weightloss #natualweightloss #weightlosstips #100poundsdown ♬ original sound – Liza

Liza maintains that her weight loss journey started with a walk. "I want you to know the power of walking is so strong, and I want you to know that walking is the number one thing that helped me lose the weight," she says. 

She Changed One Thing, Everything


"I've tried everything in my life to lose weight," she continues. "Every single diet I tried and I failed because I tried to be perfect with everything. I expected immediate results, I over complicated things. I held myself to such a high standard that it was unrealistic." However, this time she decided she was going to "completely change" her life, body, mindset, and career."

She Started Walking 20 to 30 Minutes Up to An Hour

The girl walks along the path in the woods to the light in a white jacket and jeans.

"I started my journey because I wanted to walk up my steps and not be out of breath," says Liza. "I started walking and every single night I would walk anything from 20 minutes to 30 minutes, sometimes an hour with my best friend, and I did that for two months." Collingwood agrees that "having a powerful reason to lose the weight (being out of breath was her reason) is key to staying motivated," she says. "Remember why you started and what is going to keep you going when times get tough." Also, walking is an excellent way to get started with exercise and to boost metabolism.  "We don't realize how little we move and how much we sit each day. Even just starting with 10 minutes and progressing up from there is better than nothing!" she says. 

Then, She Started Tracking Her Movement

Smart watch on the woman's hand

"The third month came around, I bought an Apple watch. I started a step count, and I made sure that I hit 10,000 steps every single month. Within those three months, I lost anywhere from 30 to 40 pounds, and that is the first time I ever saw a chunk of weight go down," she claims. Accountability is key, explains Collingwood. "The watch was helping her stay accountable to getting more movement (steps) in each day."

She Also Cut Out Fast Food


"During that time, I also cut out fast food," says Liza. She was also eating the majority of her meals at home and walking daily. "I want you to know the power of a calorie deficit and the power of walking. It's the secret sauce for weight loss when it comes down to losing the weight. It doesn't need to be that complicated," she says. Cutting out fast food can be a game changer for people who rely often on fast food, says Collingwood. "The portions and calories add up quickly and it's difficult to eat fewer calories and enough of the good stuff (veggies, lean meats, whole grains) when eating out all the time," she says. 

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She Naturally Put Herself Into a Caloric Deficit by Walking and Cooking at Home

woman walking towards unknown places

She maintains that she didn't start tracking calories "until months into my journey," but was simply losing the weight by making 80 percent of her meals at home every single week and hitting a daily step goal of 10,000 steps. "I was naturally putting myself in a calorie deficit that I didn't have to track calories. I didn't even know what tracking calories was, and from doing just those two things, I lost 30 to 40 pounds," she says. "You don't have to track calories to know that you are eating less than you were before. Just simply having better habits without knowing the numbers can result in big changes and results on the scale," suggests Collingwood.  

Next, She Started Working Out

Home workout - woman exercising in front of a flat screen watching a fitness program or exercising during a TV show lying on a yoga mat in front of the sofa in the living room of a house or apartment.

"At that moment, when I saw the scale go down, I decided to add more to my plate," says Liza about her decision to start working out. "I would do around two to three at-home workouts a week, which is why I love all my shy girl workouts that I share, and I also share workouts like this throughout my app just to prove to women that you don't need a crazy gym membership. You don't need to do the craziest workouts. You don't need to be lifting the heaviest weights in order to see results," she continues, adding that "consistency and nutrition" are "going to show you the results that you want to see." A lot of people enjoy the privacy of working out at home, says Collingwood. "There are plenty of apps and YouTube videos to find workouts that you enjoy."

She Started Tracking Calories

Counting calories, different food with written quantity of calories, diet concept.

After losing 80 pounds but "still in the 200s," she learned about caloric deficit and why people track calories and macros and started calculating her calorie deficit. "I was trying really hard to hit my protein goal, and I was trying very hard to stay within my calorie deficit, but I was not perfect. There were days I went over a bit. There were days I was under a bit. When it comes to losing weight and when it comes to a fitness journey, if you are striving for perfection, you are setting yourself up for failure," she says. "You will definitely not be perfect every day. There is no such thing. As long as the behaviors are there—getting more protein, getting exercise, etc.most of the time  then the results will follow.  Starting to actually track can help get much more specific about how much is going in and how much is getting burned. I highly recommend starting to track when you hit a plateau and can't figure out what isn't working anymore," says Collingwood. 

She Calls Her Method "Habit Stacking"

Liza Marie Fit/Facebook

"Doing little things one by one over time and not giving up is what got me here," Liza says, adding that she now weighs 140 pounds because of what she calls habit stacking. "I started with the steps and cutting out the fast food. Once this became second nature to me, I craved walking. I loved my hot girl walks. I love listening to my podcast. Then I added the next habit, and my next habit was two to three workouts. I'm still doing my first habit, but I'm also doing two to three workouts. I did that for months, took until month eight. Then be like, what's a calorie deficit? Let me start tracking my food. I think the biggest part when people hear calorie deficit, they're triggered because they're like, I don't want to weigh my food. I don't want to track. My food is so beneficial, and it really did really kickstart my weight loss journey. I was already down a lot of weight, but I'm telling you, the second I really focused on my nutrition even more changed my life and those things, I lost this weight at home. I got my gym membership after I lost a hundred pounds," she says. 

Now, This Is Her Lifestyle


She explains that now "this is her lifestyle," because she "turned all these things into my lifestyle by not doing them all at once" but instead "doing them one step at a time." She adds: "You can change your life in any moment. You can lose the weight at home. You don't need to do anything crazy to lose the weight. Do not underestimate the power of walking and do not underestimate a calorie deficit."

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"Start With Something Small"


Overall, Collingwood calls her story and lifestyle change "amazing." "Start with something small.  Do it until it becomes a habit and you are pulled to do it every day instead of pushing yourself to do it.  hen add something else to the routine. Soon you will have a bunch of new healthy habits that add up to a healthy lifestyle!" she says. 

💪🔥Body Booster: Walking is an excellent way to get started with exercise and to boost metabolism.  Even just starting with 10 minutes and progressing up from there is better than nothing

Leah Groth
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