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From 116Lbs to 161Lbs: a Reddit User’s Weight Gain Journey

A Reddit user’s journey from being underweight to a healthy weight, with tips for others looking to gain weight.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'11" male showing a muscle gain from 116 pounds to 161 pounds. A total gain of 45 pounds.
M/26/5'11/[116lbs>161lbs=45lbs ] weight gain
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Lack of appetite, fast metabolism, and inadequate food intake can lead to being underweight, which can cause health problems. One Reddit user, who wishes to remain anonymous, shared their journey of gaining 45 pounds and reaching a healthy weight.

The Journey

The Reddit user, a male aged 26 and 5’11”, started their weight gain journey at 116lbs. They tried various methods such as eating more frequently, consuming calorie-dense foods, and incorporating strength training into their routine. Over six months, they gained 45lbs and reached a healthy weight of 161lbs.

Tips for gaining weight

Firstly, calculate how many calories you need to consume to gain weight. Secondly, eat calorie-dense foods such as nuts, peanut butter, cheese, and dried fruits, on a regular basis. Thirdly, exercise regularly, including strength training, to ensure that the weight gain is muscle mass instead of fat. Lastly, give yourself time and be patient; weight gain is a slow process and can take months to see results.

The Importance of a Healthy Weight

Being underweight can cause health problems such as a weakened immune system, vitamin deficiencies, and osteoporosis. Therefore, it is important to achieve a healthy weight by consuming a balanced diet and exercising regularly.


If you are underweight and looking to gain weight, try incorporating the above tips into your routine. However, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before making any drastic changes to your diet or exercise routine. Remember, gaining weight is a slow process and requires patience, but achieving a healthy weight is essential for overall health and wellbeing.

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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.