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From 389 to 223 Lbs: a 13 Month Weight Loss Journey

A Reddit user identifies how they lost 166lbs in 13-months with a simple diet, low-intensity exercise, fruit and vegetables, and lots of water.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 6'3" male showing a weight loss from 389 pounds to 223 pounds. A net loss of 166 pounds.
M/23/6'3" [389 lbs > 223 = 166 lbs] (13 Months) just 13 lbs shy of my personal target.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A Reddit user known as 'thepenguin1992' has posted the results of their 13-month-long weight loss journey. At 389 pounds, this 23-year-old guy started his weight loss journey and has since lost an extraordinary 166lbs.

The approach

When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise are critical factors. For 'thepenguin1992,' losing weight didn't require anything extreme such as a strict regime, a long list of supplements, or excessive gym sessions. Instead, he opted for a diet that focused on eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, including apples and oranges that are high in energy and low in calories. He also took small steps with low-intensity exercise like walking and cycling for at least 30 minutes a day.

Determination and Consistency

'Thedpenguin1992' may have found a simple weight loss approach, but he emphasized that determination and consistency were crucial to his progress. He had to limit bread, dairy products, and junk foods; limiting his calorie intake as well. While there were weeks when he only dropped one pound, he remained positive and stuck with it. When he saw eight pounds come off the next week, it was an encouraging step upward!

Encouraging others

Thirteen months of effort to lose 166lbs is an impressive feat. However, what would inspire others to take similar steps? 'Thedpenguin1992' has some essential takeaways to share. First, never give up. Losing weight is challenging, but there's no such thing as failure unless you stop trying. Second, it's never too late to start. Don't let age hinder a journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Lastly, going to the gym is essential—there are plenty of methods to aid in weight loss without needing a gym membership.


Weight loss journeys vary from person to person, but 'thepenguin1992's' story shows that it's possible to lose weight without extreme measures. Determination, consistency, a simple diet, and low-intensity exercise were key to success. Losing weight isn't easy, but staying positive and determined can make a significant difference. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss, everyone needs to try things for themselves to find what works best!

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.