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Woman Amazes With Flat Belly After Shedding 50 Pounds in Less Than a Year

The CPT reveals how she lost weight fast the healthy way.
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Mona Robbins (@monarobb) is a New York based certified personal trainer and influencer who shed 50 pounds in less than a year. Her social media feed is filled with tips and tricks on how she lost the weight and has managed to keep it off. In one of the viral TikTok videos she breaks down how she did it into four digestible tips – and one workout. "So here's how I lost 50 pounds and kept it off. I went from looking like this to like this in less than a year, and I've kept the weight off," she says in the clip.

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Calorie Deficit

@monarobb Replying to @goldenelle_ top tips for #weightloss ♬ original sound – Mona

The first thing she did was maintain a calorie deficit. "80 percent of your weight loss journey is going to be nutrition and 20 percent is going to be exercise," she explains. "So I was eating in a calorie deficit." She was eating 1400 calories a day "and I wasn't restricting my diet. So if I had Popeye's chicken sandwiches for lunch, which I love, then I was having a salad for dinner."  The best way to "actually shrink your stomach" is staying in a "consistent calorie deficit," agrees Chris McMahon, a nutrition and fitness coach. "There's no way around it. People say that diets don't work. That's not true."

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Four by Four by Fours

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The second thing she was doing was what she likes to call a four by four by four. "So four by four by four is just something that I made up. I was working out four times a week, I was doing four exercises, and I was doing four sets of each exercise," she explains. "This is something that just really helped me. It was a cute little way to remember what to do in the gym and how often to go."

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Psyllium Husk

Plantain husk in a jar with the inscription psyllium and a glass of water on a light background.
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The third thing she did was invest in a lot of psyllium husk, "which is basically a powder," she says. "You put it in your water and it turns into this jello, and it honestly curbs your appetite so much. It keeps you feeling full and it's full of fiber, so it's really good for you," she says. There are other benefits of the supplement. A study published in the Sept. 15, 2018, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that psyllium husk also helps lower LDL cholesterol levels as well as two other lipid markers for heart disease. 

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Water

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She was also "increasing my water intake," Mona reveals, adding that she was drinking "around a gallon of water a day, which was curbing some of my appetite and making me feel a little bit more full, so I was able to stay in my calorie deficit with weight loss," she continues. "It's a journey and sometimes there's ups and downs. Eat what you want and what you need." Aside from staving off hunger, hydration is important for a variety of reasons. According to Mayo Clinic, water helps get rid of waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements, keeps your temperature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, and helps protect sensitive tissues.

Related: Woman Stuns Fans With Her Flat Belly After Losing 30 Pounds with These 5 Habits

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She Does the "Juciest" Glute Workout

@monarobbJuciest glute workout 🧃 shy girl friendly

♬ original sound – Mona

Mona also walked on the treadmill and did some serious glute work. In another video she shared the "juciest" glute workout. "This workout gave me the juiciest pump ever. I was walking like a cowboy afterwards and the next couple of days, because my booty hurts so bad," she said. It consists of 4 by 8 RDLs, followed by glute bridges, reverse lunges, "eight on each leg, four sets," and then sumo squats.  

Body Booster: Try adding psyllium husk to your water. According to research the fibrous supplement can help reduce cholesterol and stave off hunger. 

Leah Groth
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