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I Lost Belly Fat & 17 Pounds With These 6 Simple Hacks

It doesn’t get more simple—or effective—than this.
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Simple, consistent habits can yield amazing results—just ask @WeightLossWithTarn, a TikTok influencer who detailed her fat-burning journey online. Tarn didn't need any special shakes, or detoxes, or even expensive equipment. Instead, she focused on six hacks that pretty much anyone can do—all you need is a pair of sneakers and you too can take those first steps towards transforming your body, fitness, health, and happiness. It really couldn't be more straightforward—read on to find out how Tarn did it.

1,500 Calories a Day

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Tarn calculated how many calories she needed a day for her height and weight, and adjusted her portions to make sure they stayed within that range. Not sure how to figure that out? The Mayo Clinic has you covered with this free online calculator to take all the guesswork out. "Eating enough helps maintain glycogen stores in your muscles, which are crucial for endurance and peak performance," says celebrity personal trainer Kollins Ezekh.

Lots of Protein

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Protein is essential for building muscle and staying satiated, so naturally Tarn made sure those 1500 calories a day included plenty of quality protein. "If you're doing strength training or intense workouts, your body needs protein and other nutrients to build and repair muscle tissue," Ezekh says. Vegans and vegetarians can get protein from tofu, lentils, and beans. Whole grains and nuts are also great sources of plant-based protein.

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Three Workouts a Week

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Tarn consistently did three at-home strength training workouts a week to torch the fat and build muscle. This is right in line with recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which advises 20 minutes of high-intensity exercise three times a week. "Researchers have done studies that say it's sometimes even better if you're able to do higher-intensity workouts for short periods of time," Anne Marie Chicorelli, DO, tells the Cleveland Clinic. "If you were to jog three times a day for seven to 10 minutes, you get more overall health benefits from it versus walking for 30 minutes."

Salads For Lunch

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Tarn's lunches consisted of big, beautiful salads with plenty of protein. "Food is your body's primary source of energy," Ezekh advises. "Consuming adequate calories and nutrients ensures you have enough energy to perform and enjoy your workouts. Proper nutrition supports overall health, which is essential for consistent and effective exercise."

10K Steps a Day

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Tarn walked 6-10K steps every day, which is an excellent way of burning fat while lifting your mood. Experts recommend walking as something almost anyone can do—just get your shoes on and get moving! "If you add 30 minutes of brisk walking to your daily routine, you could burn about 150 more calories a day," Katherine Zeratsky, RD, LD, tells the Mayo Clinic.

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2 Liters of Water a Day

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Last but by no means least—Tarn drank lots of water to stay hydrated and help with satiety. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger, so drinking healthy liquids can help you stick to your fitness regimen. "You may be able to decrease appetite by drinking water if you are, in fact, low in water not calories," Melina Jampolis, an internist and board-certified physician nutrition specialist, tells Johns Hopkins.

💪🔥Body Booster: Weight loss does NOT need to be complicated or expensive. Small changes yield big results, so start walking!

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more