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A Hard Gainer's Journey: Gained 20Lbs in 1.5 Years by Tracking Diet

A Reddit user shares his weight gain success story of 20lbs in 1.5 years by tracking his diet and eating right. Find out his routine and tips here.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'7" man showing a muscle gain from 128 pounds to 148 pounds. A net gain of 20 pounds.
M/25/5’7” [128lbs>148lbs= 20lbs] (1.5 Year) Use to consider myself a “hard gainer” or “fast metabolism.” Nah, just needed to track my diet and eat
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Struggling to gain weight was once considered as a problem of a hard gainer or a fast metabolism. But not for this Reddit user, who gained 20lbs in 1.5 years by tracking his diet and eating right. Read on to discover his inspiring journey and some tips.

The Reddit User's Journey

Coming out of the skinny stereotype, the Reddit user, Low_Well, revealed how he transformed from 128lbs to 148lbs by tracking his diet and eating healthily. He focused on consuming foods with high-calorie density and protein, such as oatmeal with eggs, Belvita crackers, pasta or meatballs, and protein shakes. He also ate fast food like McDonald's nuggets and sandwiches in moderation. For dinner, his girlfriend handled it or he added more oatmeal, eggs, and protein shakes to get his calorie count up to 3k everyday.

Tips for Gaining Weight

Weight gain is all about eating more than you consume. It may sound simple, yet it is challenging. Sometimes, eating the right foods may not be enough. Low_Well advised tracking what you eat, which will provide insight into how much you consume and enable you to monitor your progress. He also recommended shaking things up a bit, such as changing workouts or increasing calorie intake. However, he suggested not compromising your health, as it is a long and challenging process.

Comments and Feedback

Low_Well's journey inspired users on Reddit, with one user, Syedallay, complimenting him for looking incredible in every photo. Another user, jotevet, asked for Low_Well's routine and wished him well. Low_Well shared his daily meal plan with jotevet, which included high-calorie and protein-rich foods with some fast food items in moderation. The meal plan helped him gain 20lbs in 1.5 years!


Hard gainers or fast metabolisms may cause difficulty in gaining weight, but it is not impossible. Low_Well's journey teaches us that by tracking diet and incorporating high-calorie and protein-rich foods, weight gain can occur. You can also shake things up by changing workouts, but remember - weight gain is a long process, so do not compromise your health to gain more quickly. Try some of Low_Well's tips and start your own journey to gain weight healthily!

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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.