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M/26/5'4" Weight Loss Journey: 45Lbs in 1 Year with No Cheekbones in Sight

Read and be inspired by HalfKeyHero's Reddit post on his weight loss journey from 190lbs to 145lbs in a year, although with no visible cheekbones yet.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'4" man showing a fat loss from 190 pounds to 145 pounds. A respectable loss of 45 pounds.
M/26/5'4" [190lbs > 145lbs = 45lbs] (1 year) Still no cheekbones :(
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


If you're looking for fitspiration, the online community is full of it. One source is on Reddit where users share their weight loss journey. One story that probably deserves your attention is that of HalfKeyHero. At 26 years old and standing at 5'4", HalfKeyHero was able to shed 45lbs in just 1 year — an impressive feat for anyone.

The Details

HalfKeyHero documented his progress online, sharing updates and photos, as well as occasional tips for the community. In his one-year journey, he focused on cutting his weight, which was a challenge for someone who already didn't have much muscle to begin with. Nevertheless, he persisted in his fitness goals, withstanding hurdles and temptations along the way.

The Highs and Lows

Like any weight loss journey, there were moments of success and failure. HalfKeyHero didn't achieve his desired result of visible cheekbones but he certainly got slimmer and improved his health, which are victories in their own right. He mentioned in his post replies that he believes he needs to gain some muscle to get a more athletic physique, but he is not giving up and justifies his progress.

The Takeaway

If there's one takeaway from HalfKeyHero's story, it's that fitness goals take time, patience, and determination. Losing weight and building muscle can be difficult, but it's not impossible. You can do it too! HalfKeyHero emphasizes the importance of discipline over short-term impulses — a lesson that can be applied to any aspect of life. Learning from success and failure, and executing a plan with endurance and consistency, you're sure to make progress towards your fitness goals.


In all, HalfKeyHero's weight loss journey is extraordinary and can inspire anyone to go on before-and-after-transformations. It's not just about getting the ideal body shape; it's also about finding a healthy mind and physique that one can be contented with. So, if you're looking for some inspiration, go and check out the many weight loss subreddits today and try things out for yourself. Who knows, you might even inspire others with your own progress.

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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.