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How Cico and 10K Steps a Day Helped a Reddit User Lose 19Lbs

Read about how one Reddit user lost 19lbs through CICO and increasing their daily steps to 10k. Encouraging readers to try it out for themselves.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 5'4" woman showing a weight cut from 161 pounds to 142 pounds. A net loss of 19 pounds.
F/24/5’4 [161 > 142 = 19 lbs] Left is 2018 this was my wake up picture. Lost it over multiple yrs through CICO, goal of 10k steps a day, some exercise. Been in maintenance for 1 year :)
Originally posted on /r/progresspics

The Wake-Up Picture

The Reddit user, [deleted], posted a before-and-after picture of their weight loss journey that gained 186 upvotes. The picture shows a 19lb weight loss over two years through counting calories in, calories out (CICO), aiming for 10,000 steps every day, and some exercise. Two years ago, [deleted] was not happy with their weight and decided to take action by taking a wake-up picture of themselves. This picture served as a motivator for [deleted] to change their lifestyle and start losing weight.

Tracking Calories

Counting calories has been a key component of [deleted]'s weight loss journey. By tracking what they ate and making sure they were taking in fewer calories than they burned, they were able to steadily lose weight over time. This technique, known as CICO, is a simple yet effective way to manage weight.

Aiming for 10,000 Steps

In addition to CICO, [deleted] aimed for 10,000 steps every day. By increasing their daily activity level, they burned more calories and improved their overall health. Walking is a low-impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere, making it a popular choice for those trying to lose weight.

Some Exercise

While the majority of [deleted]'s weight loss came from CICO and walking, they also incorporated some exercise into their routine. This could include anything from strength training to cardio. Exercise can help speed up weight loss and improve overall health.


After reaching their weight loss goal, [deleted] has been in maintenance for one year. This involves continuing to track calories and maintaining a healthy level of daily activity. By making these lifestyle changes permanent, [deleted] has been able to maintain their weight loss and overall health.

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Madeleine Smith

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