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Breaking Through Plateaus: a Weight Loss Journey

Read about one reddit user's struggles to lose weight and their journey to overcome a plateau with the help of other users' advice.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'5" woman showing a fat loss from 160 pounds to 150 pounds. A total loss of 10 pounds.
F/30/5'5" [160lbs > 150lbs = 10lbs] Stuck on a plateau and I need some help!
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Losing weight is a challenging process and can be discouraging when you hit a plateau. One reddit user, tradelbsforhappy, shared her journey about losing weight and asked for help because she plateaued in her weight loss.

The Struggles

Tradelbsforhappy exercised for approx. 50 days and lost 10 lbs in the first 30, but then she hit a plateau and couldn't lose weight. She exercised regularly by taking long walks, using arm/leg machines and doing planks. Her diet was also tracked with MyFitnessPal and set at 1200 calories per day. However, she was stuck at her current weight for a couple of weeks and felt discouraged.

The Solutions

Fortunately, other users offered advice, and tradelbsforhappy implemented them. One suggestion was to eat 20% less than she was currently eating. Another suggestion was to monitor and weigh her food correctly to ensure she was sticking to her calorie goals. The third suggestion was to take some rest days and not exercise every day to help her body burn more calories when she did exercise.

The Lessons Learned

In the end, tradelbsforhappy learned a lot from the experience. She realized that logging food accurately was critical to her weight loss journey. Additionally, there was no need to panic if weight loss slowed down or even stopped for a short period because consistency paid off in the end. Finally, she had an appreciation for the importance of rest days and listening to her body when it needed a break.


In conclusion, weight loss is a challenging process that requires consistency and patience. Hitting plateaus is a common problem that many people face, but there is always a solution out there. Utilizing rest days, weighing and monitoring your food intake, and eating 20% less than you currently are consuming are all suggestions that can help push through a weight loss plateau. Tradelbsforhappy's journey is an example of how asking for help and implementing advice can reignite weight loss progress.

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