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How a Reddit User Lost 47 Pounds in 4 Months Using Iifym and Stronglift 5X5

Follow the weight loss journey of a 27-year-old Redditor who lost 47 pounds in only four months with IIFYM and Stronglift 5x5.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 6'0" male showing a fat loss from 227 pounds to 180 pounds. A respectable loss of 47 pounds.
A picture of a 6'0" male showing a fat loss from 227 pounds to 180 pounds. A respectable loss of 47 pounds.
M/27/6'0" [227 lbs > 180 lbs = 47 lbs] 4 month journey! Gained a ton of weight after a running injury and desk job. Finally put IIFYM to the test!
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

A Reddit user, Seatb3lt, recently shared their weight loss journey. They lost an impressive 47 pounds in just four months. Seatb3lt gained a lot of weight due to a running injury and a sedentary desk job. This weight loss journey is a testament to the power of tracking food and lifting weights.

What is IIFYM and Stronglift 5x5?

Seatb3lt credits their transformation to two key components: IIFYM and Stronglift 5x5. IIFYM stands for 'If It Fits Your Macros.' It is a way of tracking food intake based on macronutrient goals. Stronglift 5x5, on the other hand, is a simple, effective weightlifting program that focuses on five compound lifts.

The Numbers

Seatb3lt tracked their food intake based on the following daily goals: 20 grams of fiber, 90 grams of carbs, 80 grams of fat, and 160+ grams of protein. They also shared that '0% fat Greek yogurt with gold standard protein powder and 100% fiber powder were my saviors.' The exact numbers may not be suitable for everyone, but the principles behind IIFYM can be applied to any diet.

The Results

Seatb3lt lost the first 30 pounds without exercise. However, they got a lot more toned and the weight loss slowed down when they added StrongLifts. Seatb3lt also credits their success to quitting drinking during the first 'cut.'

The Takeaway

Seatb3lt's success story shows that tracking food and lifting weights can yield significant results when trying to lose weight. However, it is important to find what works for you and stick with it in the long term. Whether it's IIFYM or another method, consistency is key. So, if you're struggling with weight loss, try things out for yourself and see what works best for you, but remember - patience and dedication are key to long-term success!

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