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Progressive Weight Gain Journey of a Reddit User over a Year

Read about a Reddit user's successful year-long journey in gaining weight through consistency and nutrition. Discover tips and lessons learned along the way.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'9" female showing a muscle gain from 141 pounds to 147 pounds. A net gain of 6 pounds.
F/22/5’9” [141 lb > 147 lb = +6 lb] One year between these pics! Achieved with consistency and lots of food
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


One Reddit user's inspiring story reveals that gaining weight is not just about hitting the gym, but also about eating enough nutrient-dense foods consistently. The post shows the user's progress through before-and-after photos and includes a successful journey from weighing 141lbs to 147lbs over the course of one year.

Consistency is Key

The user's motto of 'consistency is key' manifested in the daily routine of eating more carbohydrates and protein, especially for breakfast, as well as healthy snacks like nuts and fruits throughout the day. In addition to eating well, the user found ways to support their weight gain journey by engaging in physical activities that challenged their body, such as weight lifting and calisthenics. Consistency in both nutrition and exercise seems to have been the secret to success.

Nutrition is Crucial

The user found that simply working out could not do the job by itself. Consuming enough healthy food was the main factor in gaining weight. Consuming starchy foods such as sweet potatoes or yams was a great source of slow-releasing carbs that kept the user fueled all day. This was paired with consuming enough proteins such as chicken, to aid in muscle building after workouts.

Lessons Learned

The user has some lessons to share with those aiming to gain weight. First, it's essential to be consistent and patient as the process takes time. Second, consuming enough nutritious foods is the key factor. Lastly, tracking progress through pictures or measuring body mass index (BMI) can be motivational and help to keep the user accountable.


It's clear that gaining weight is not a straightforward journey, but with dedication and discipline, it is possible to see significant results. This Reddit user's journey shows that it is achievable without supplements, fad diets, or extreme measures – just staying committed to a nutritious diet and balanced exercise routine for an extended period of time.

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