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Jenna Evelyn (@jennaevelyn) is a beauty and lifestyle influencer on TikTok who regularly shares about her weight loss journey. According to Jenna, she lost "15 to 20 pounds in two to three months" after "gaining the freshman 15" while living on campus during her first year of college. In one of her many viral TikTok videos , she reveals how she did it using five simple hacks. 

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Jenna Gained "About 30" Pounds From Drinking Every Weekend and Other Unhealthy Habits

@jennaevelynnn How I lost 15-20 pounds after my freshman year of college. 10k steps a day, low-cal, high protein meals, and strength training + pilates! #weightloss #freshman15 #howilostweight #weightransformation #healthylifestyle #mealprep #pilates ♬ original sound – jenna evelyn

Jenna, who is currently a college student, reveals that she "probably gained about 20 pounds" while being a freshman in college due to "drinking every weekend, not being in a deficit, not hitting my protein goals, and not working out the right way for my body," she reveals in her viral video. "Here's what I did to actually lose the 15 to 20 pounds very quickly."

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Low Calorie, High Protein Meals

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According to Jenna "food was the biggest thing," when it came to her weight loss. "I was still eating a lot, but it was low calorie, high protein," she added. Her "staples" for low cal high protein meals? "Chickpea pasta" and fat free cottage cheese, which she made sauces out of and "used it in everything," she added. She also ate a lot of ground turkey. "I would make taco bowls," she said. She also ate chicken and Greek yogurt "all the time" and turkey bacon. "I'd make breakfast sandwiches," she added. Research supporting amping up protein intake for weight loss. 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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Weight Training and Pilates

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Jenna maintains that she started losing weight, when she started doing "low impact workouts, like walking dumbbell only lifts, and Pilates," she said. "Here was my weekly workout split: Monday dumbbell only glutes Tuesday, full body Pilates. Wednesday, back buys, arms, dumbbell only Thursday, Pilates Friday, quad dumbbell, only Saturday cardio."

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10,000 Steps a Day

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Jenna explains that one "huge" component of her weight loss was walking. "Hit your 10,000 steps a day," she says. "Some of those steps for me before my workouts would come from walking, doing the 12-3-30 workout or the stair stepper." The 12-3-30 workout involves using a treadmill and walking on a level 12 incline at a speed of 3 for 30 minutes. Experts maintain that it burns more calories than walking fast or even running on a flat surface. And, studies, including a 2018 study published in the journal Obesity, have found that walking around 10,000 steps per day can help you lose weight. But that's not the only benefit of getting your steps in. 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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Meal Prep

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Finally, meal prepping and using high quality ingredients, was a key part of Jenna's weight loss plan. "It was so important that I made enough time to meal prep local, high protein meals so that they were always on hand," she said. 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.

💪🔥Body Booster: Walking 10,000 steps a day isn't only good for your body and losing weight, but your mind. One study linked the daily step goal to a decreased risk of dementia and less cardiovascular disease. 

Leah Groth
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