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Woman Discovers High Protein Low Calorie Macros & Weight Lifting Works for Her Weight Loss Journey

A Reddit user shares her before and after photos of macros + cardio vs high protein-low calorie macros + weight lifting that helped her lose 7lbs.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'6" female showing a muscle gain from 174 pounds to 177 pounds. A net gain of 3 pounds.
F/26/5’6” [174lbs<177lbs=7lb]. Left is the before of macros + cardio. Right is the after of high protein, lower calorie macros + weight lifting. It’s not much but I still got so excited to figure out what works for me! Just took many many years of trying!
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The Journey to Discovering What Works for Her

The journey of weight loss can be a frustrating one, but for Reddit user, yeeing-my-last-haw, it took her many years of trying before she discovered the perfect recipe that works best for her. It was a combination of high protein and lower calorie macros with weight lifting. Thankfully, with hard work and commitment, she was able to lose 7lbs in weight.

Before and After Photos

The Reddit user shared photos of herself showing the results of her weight loss journey. The left photo depicts the state of her body when she was using macros and cardio. On the right photo, she looked thinner and toned after combining a high protein, lower calorie macro intake with weight lifting.

Importance of High Protein in Diet

Yeeing-my-last-haw said that she eats a lot of natural protein instead of powder supplements. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a high protein intake helps in weight management by increasing fullness or satiety, thereby curbing cravings and overeating. Protein also plays a vital role in reducing body fat and building lean muscle mass.

Role of Lower Calorie Macros

Lower calorie intake helps in reducing calorie deficits, leading to weight loss. Yeeing-my-last-haw mentioned that many years ago, she used to take high protein with high-calorie macros, which did not work for her. This combination did not contribute to her weight loss journey, so she needed to modify her choices.

Importance of Weight Lifting

Weight lifting helps to tone the body and reduce excess fat. It helps to build muscle mass and create a lean physique. For yeeing-my-last-haw, incorporating weight lifting into her routine was a game-changer because it improved her body composition and boosted her confidence.

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