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From Shedding Extra Fat to Gaining Mass: a 16 Year Old's Journey to a Healthier Body

Follow the journey of ObviouslyAwful as he shares his progress from losing extra fat to gaining mass with advice from the Reddit community.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'6" male showing a muscle gain from 115 pounds to 130 pounds. A respectable gain of 15 pounds.
M/16/5'6 [115-130=15 lbs] (3 months) Lost the extra fat, now working on gaining weight
Originally posted on /r/Brogress

Setting the Scene

Meet ObviouslyAwful, a 16-year-old boy who decided to take control of his weight and fitness journey towards a healthier body. Three months ago, he weighed 115 lbs at 5'6, and he decided to jumpstart his journey to shed off some extra fat and gain muscle mass.

Advice from the Reddit Community

Through his post on Reddit, he received feedback and advice from fellow fitness enthusiasts. He was told to focus on gaining more mass instead of being overly concerned about gaining weight, especially since he was still at a healthy body fat percentage. He was encouraged to eat a lot and lift consistently to achieve his desired look.

Gaining Mass and Building Strength

With the advice he received, ObviouslyAwful focused on compound lifts to build strength and muscle mass. He also made sure to work on his back and delts to improve his posture and balance his physique. Although his chest lagged behind, his legs were his strongest suit with a 1RM squat of 270 lbs.

Lessons Learned

Through his journey, ObviouslyAwful learned that it's essential to listen to your body and not to be too harsh on yourself. He also discovered the importance of a supportive community that can guide and motivate you through your fitness journey.


If you're looking to start your journey to a healthier body, take inspiration from ObviouslyAwful's progress. Remember that gaining mass and losing weight both require a lot of effort, patience, and consistency. Don't be too harsh on yourself, and keep pushing forward towards your goal.

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Madeleine Smith

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