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How I Lost Belly Fat and 70 Pounds With These 3 Tricks You Can Steal

One woman changed her life, starting with going for a walk. 
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Tarn Kaur is a corporate lawyer turned personal trainer who shares about her inspirational weight loss journey on TikTok using the handle @WeightlosswithTarn. In one of her viral videos, she reveals three simple tricks that helped her lose 70 pounds. "How did I go from this to this?" she says at the start of the video, which has been viewed over 1.3 million times. The Body Network has details about what she did – and also more about her weight loss journey. 

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She Cut Calories and Amped Up Protein

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According to Tarn, diet was a key part of her transformation. She revealed that she consumed "1,500 calories per day" and focused on consuming "high protein meals." In the video, she shows one of them, a high protein salad for lunch. "The best way to actually shrink your stomach would be to be in a consistent calorie deficit," Chris McMahon, a nutrition and fitness coach, previously told The Body Network. "There's no way around it. People say that diets don't work. That's not true." Why should you amp up protein if you are trying to lose weight? He explains that protein helps with hunger and fullness. "It'll also help with preserving the muscle mass you have. And if you are lifting weights and you are training, it'll help you build muscle and recover. So we want to make sure that's higher," he says. 

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Three Workouts a Week

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Exercise has been a key part of Tarn's journey. She says that she does "home workouts three times a week" and uses a stair climber to get her steps in. Going for a daily walk can be a game changer in terms of exercise, especially at a brisk speed. One study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that walking at a brisk pace for about 30 minutes a day led to a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and death, compared with walking a similar number of steps but at a slower pace.

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Hydration

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Tarn also understands the importance of hydration. Her goal is to drink two liters of water a day. According to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine men should drink about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day and women about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids. The Mayo Clinic explains that hydration is important for a variety of reasons. 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.

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Tarn Struggled with Her Weight for Years

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In another video, she elaborates on how she lost the weight and got started on her weight loss journey after "trying for years and years and years." to lose weight. She explains that while working as a lawyer she packed on the pounds, via "a combination of takeaways, going to the pub every single day, not cooking my own meals, not sleeping, working all the time." She was left "really unhappy" about her weight" and "super low, super depressed." She tried "everything" from keto to fasting. "I tried eating just tomatoes. I tried some really, really unhealthy things. And whatever would happen, I might lose a bit of weight, but that weight would always come crashing back. And usually it'd be more weight. So I'd get bigger each and every time," she says. 

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Then, Something Snapped

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Then, something inside of her "just snapped," she says. "I was so, so sick of being low energy," she adds, declaring that she "was sick of being the fat friend." She made a decision to "just do something that is going to make me feel better than I do" without any pressure. 

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She Started Walking

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"So I decided to go for a walk. That's it. No magic pill, no magic solution. I decided to go for a walk around the block on my lunch break. That was it. And at that point I was thinking, do you know what something is better than nothing? And I've tried everything else. I've tried everything that's meant to be a quick fix, easy fix. None of it's worked, and it's actually been incredibly difficult for me," she continued. "I walked around the block and I was out of breath. I couldn't do it." However, it made her "feel a little bit better" so the next day and the day after and so on she did it again, going for a few minutes more time. 

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She Walked More Every Day

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"All this time, I was still eating, still drinking, still doing everything that my lifestyle was or used to be at that time. But I would walk, I'd walk a bit more each and each and every day. I had to get my hot girl walking," she says. 

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She Built a Habit

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Then after three or four weeks she noticed that her skin started clearing up, and she started falling asleep more easily. After six weeks, people also started asking her if she lost weight. "I think at that point, all I was doing was walking. I wasn't focused on anything else. And something was like, okay, let me just carry this on. It doesn't matter if I don't lose any weight, because at that point, I wasn't really losing anything on the scales. I feel better." What she didn't know at the time? "I was starting to build a habit and starting to do something sustainable, starting to do something that I could get used to doing every single day and wasn't unattainable for my lifestyle," she reveals. 

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She Started Writing Down Everything She Ate

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This is when she started focusing on her diet, "I don't mean I started calorie counting then and there I just started taking a look" and writing down all of her meals. She also started cooking at home and drinking more water. 

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She Lost "All the Weight" in 6 to 7 Months

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Within six or seven months, "I had lost all the weight," she says. "And for the first time ever I was going to the gym. I was going consistently," she says. "And looking back now, what I realized is I took the pressure off myself. I stopped obsessing with the scales and I started small. These small baby steps have led me to the point where I feel fantastic mentally, physically, like I'm in the best place of my life." Looking back on her journey, she realized "all of those small little things that I didn't really think meant much to me, that walk a day, that glass of water a day, taking my first steps into the gym, trying all this different stuff, all of that stuff that what diet culture tells us that we need to change overnight," was her "entire journey."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want to lose weight, start small. The majority of weight loss warriors maintain their journeys began by incorporating one healthy habit into their lives. 

Leah Groth
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