By Height By Weight  

Overcoming Depression and Regaining Fitness: a Reddit User's 18Lb Weight Gain Journey

Read how a Reddit user battled depression caused by Covid while starting college, lost gym progress due to it, and overcame it to regain fitness and gain 18lbs in a year

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'10" man showing a weight bulk from 157 pounds to 175 pounds. A net gain of 18 pounds.
M/19/5'10" [157 > 175 = 18lbs] (12 Months) I became very depressed when starting college as covid made it hard to make friends. I lost 4 years worth of gym progress and went from 180 to 157 lbs, finding it hard to even get up from bed. 1 Year later and I'm 85% back to where I was pre-college!
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

The Start of a Struggle

The pandemic has not only affected the physical health of people, but the mental health as well. As colleges turned online, it became harder for students to make friends and settle in. Reddit user [deleted] also faced this problem, becoming depressed and losing interest in things. Unfortunately, this also led to him losing years of gym progress, and resulted in weighing only 157lbs at a height of 5'10".

The Road to Recovery

Despite the challenges faced, [deleted] did not give up, knowing that he wanted to get back to his previous weight. Over time, he began to make changes in his diet and exercise routine, slowly working his way back up to his previous weight. It took him a year to reach 175lbs, gaining 18lbs in the process.

The Importance of Consistency

During his journey, [deleted] realized the importance of being consistent. He learned that it's okay to have bad days or to miss a workout, but it's important to keep going and make sure that those bad days don't turn into bad weeks or months. He credits his success to sticking to a routine and making working out a habit.

The Benefits of Fitness on Overall Well-being

Not only did [deleted] gain weight, but he also experienced a boost in his overall well-being. He noticed that he had more energy and was able to focus better on his college work. The endorphins released during exercise also helped him battle his depression and feel better.

Take Inspiration and Start Your Journey

[Deleted]'s journey is a testimony to the fact that it's possible to overcome mental struggles and regain physical fitness. Even during these trying times, it's important to keep moving forward and take care of yourself. If you're dealing with a similar situation, take inspiration from [deleted]'s journey and start your own. Remember, it's not about perfection but about taking small steps every day towards a healthier you.

No comments found! Be the first!

Madeleine Smith

Content Lead at

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