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I Lost 60 Pounds After Realizing These Biggest Weight Loss Mistakes

A weight loss influencer opens up about an exercise misstep.
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Kiki (@kikivirk) is a weight loss influencer who has amassed a social media following for sharing all the tips and tricks that enabled her to lose a whopping 60 pounds and keep it off. In one of her viral videos – viewed over 8 million times, Kiki reveals the biggest weight loss mistake she made on her journey – and also what ultimately led to her weight loss success. 

She Says Doing High Intensity Workouts Were a "Huge Mistake"


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"I was so motivated to lose weight and I wanted to see results fast, but I didn't do my research and I jumped straight in, literally into a high intensity, 90 day workout plan. Huge mistake," Kiki says in the video. 

After 45 Days She Hadn't Lost Weight


After a month-and-a-half, she didn't feel like she'd lost any weight. "I was overdoing it. The long, painful HIIT workouts were actually doing my body no good. They were causing it too much stress and loads of other problems," she says. 

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She Had "Weight Plateaus" and "Felt So Hungry and Fatigued"

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In another video, she specified that she was doing "high intensity cardio" five times a week in hopes it "would burn fat fast and give me my dream body," she explained. "But instead, I had weight plateaus and felt so hungry and fatigued. 

Her Fat Began to "Melt Off" When She Started Strength Training


"Literally, as soon as I started strength training and less cardio, the fat began to melt off, and the lean muscle mass I gained gave me the tone look I'd always wanted," she continued.

Her Program: LISS, Walking, Strength and Resistance Training, and a Short HIIT Workout

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Her program starts with doing 45 to 60 minutes of LISS cardio four times a week. She also walks 7 to 12,000 steps every day, does strength and resistance training three times a week, and a 15-minute HIIT workout once a week. 

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An Expert Weighs In


"What she says is definitely spot on," says Kendra Gamble, HIT Fitness Training, Huntingdon Valley, PA, NPTI Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritional Consultant. "Intense cardio and intense HIIT more than twice a week will do the body more harm than good and is not the way to lose fat and get that toned look." Instead, she agrees that "increasing your everyday steps is more of the most important and beginner things you can do to start losing fat along with getting your diet right." Unfortunately, "fat loss is not an immediate thing and will take time and dedication but she explains it all perfectly."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you are a beginner trying to lose weight, starting by increasing your steps and modifying your diet instead of going overboard with higher intensity workouts. 

Leah Groth
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