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Weight Journey: From 260Lbs to 182Lbs and Back Again

Read about a Reddit user's 3-year weight journey, with periods of success and setbacks, and reflect on ways to maintain weight loss during uncertain times.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'10" male showing a weight reduction from 260 pounds to 182 pounds. A net loss of 78 pounds.
M/21/5’10” [260lbs > 182lbs > 200lbs = 60] (3 years) lost a lot of weight between 2018 and 2019 then started putting it back on bc of the pandemic.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Tonsilboy, a 21-year-old male who is 5’10”, chronicled his weight journey on Reddit, sharing his progress and challenges that spanned three years.

Success Story

Between 2018 and 2019, Tonsilboy lost about 80 pounds, going from 260 pounds to 182 pounds. This is a remarkable accomplishment that reflects his dedication to consistent diet and exercise habits.

Setbacks and Challenges

However, in 2020, Tonsilboy started putting on weight again due to the pandemic. He had less access to the gym and faced more stressors that led to overeating and poor sleep habits. His weight climbed back up to 200 pounds, but he did not give up, and he's continuing to work on his goals.

Lessons Learned

Tonsilboy's weight journey highlights the importance of long-term commitment to health and the inevitability of setbacks. Especially during uncertain times, such as the pandemic, maintaining healthy habits can be challenging but not impossible. Here are some lessons we can learn from Tonsilboy’s journey:

  1. Small, consistent changes over time can lead to significant results.
  2. Don't let setbacks deter you from your goals.
  3. Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion when facing difficulties or hardships.
  4. Seek support from friends, family or professionals when necessary.


    Tonsilboy’s weight journey offers valuable insights into the ups and downs that many people experience when trying to reach their weight loss goals. It shows that the process is not always a straightforward one, but with patience, persistence, and self-care, anyone can make significant progress towards a healthier lifestyle.

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