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I Lost Belly Fat With These 3 Easy Hacks You Can Do Today

One woman claims that three habits helped her lose 15 pounds of fat in 3 months.
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Karla, a social media influencer who uses the handle @improvingwkarla on TikTok and Instagram, has amassed a huge following by sharing the diet and weight loss tips that helped her lose 15 pounds of fat in just three months. In one of her viral TikTok videos she shares the three things that really made a difference in terms of blasting belly fat. "Three tips to help me lose belly fat," she says in the short clip. 

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1. Drink Sparkling Water

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"Number one, if you love soda, substitute it for sparkly water," she suggests. "This is the one I use, and sparkly water actually helps you feel full," she adds, sharing a photo of La Croix. 

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Here's What Science Says About Sparkling Water and Hunger

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Science is divided as to whether sparkling water helps you lose weight or makes you gain it. While some studies show that carbonated water keeps you feeling fuller for longer, one study published several years ago in the journal Obesity Research and Clinical Practice linked drinking carbonated water to weight gain due to the carbon dioxide that gives sparkling water effervescence. Scientists maintain that it has an effect on body chemistry, triggering a hormone known as ghrelin that can lead to overeating.

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Amp Up Your Protein Intake

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Next, she suggests amping up protein intake. "Tip number two, if you struggle with adding protein in your meals, just have your meals with a protein smoothie," she advises. "It can be as simple as protein powder and water. So protein is better than no protein."

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Here's What Science Says About Protein and Fat Burn

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Science agrees that eating more protein can help you lose weight and burn fat. According to clinical trials, consuming more protein than the recommended dietary allowance not only reduces body weight (BW), but also enhances body composition by decreasing fat mass while preserving fat-free mass (FFM) in both low-calorie and standard-calorie diets.

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3. Walk at Least 10,000 Steps Per Day

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"Tip number three, make sure you're walking at least 10,000 steps a day," she says, adding that walking "is better than running, at least if you're starting," she adds, calling it "the best way to do cardio."

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Here's What Science Says About Walking 10,000 Steps a Day

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Should you aim for 10,00 steps per day? 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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💪🔥Body Booster: While staying in a calorie deficit is important for weight loss, if you want to burn fat you need to eat enough protein. 

Leah Groth
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