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How a Reddit User Gained 44Lbs and Improved Their Body Composition in 20 Months

A Reddit user shares their weight journey, which resulted in a 44lbs gain and improved body composition without starvation. Find out how they achieved their goals!

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 6'0" man showing a muscle gain from 144 pounds to 188 pounds. A net gain of 44 pounds.
M/30/6'0" [144lbs > 188lbs = +44lbs] (20 months). Stopped starving myself and started lifting weights. Right now I'm sitting at about 22% body fat, but I feel better than I ever have before. My goal is to be at 200lbs with 15% body fat.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Reddit user CaffeinatedJawa shares their personal weight journey – how they went from 144lbs to 188lbs in 20 months. Initially, the user used a starvation method, which did not provide the desired results.

Stopped Starving, Started Lifting

In pursuit of a healthy body composition, the user changed their approach from starving to lifting weights, which led to significant gains. Currently, they have a 22% body fat, but feel much better about themselves than before. CaffeinatedJawa's goal is to hit 200lbs with a healthy and achievable body composition of 15% body fat.

How They Achieved Their Goals

The user credits their success to patience, discipline, and commitment to their fitness journey. They spent four days a week in the gym, lifting weights, and monitoring their diet. They also made sure to get enough sleep to aid in recovery and performance.

Safety First

It is worth noting that while gaining weight can have some significant benefits to one’s body, it should be approached cautiously. This is particularly true for individuals with underlying health issues or those with a history of obesity. Always consult with a professional, such as a doctor or a nutritionist, first. Additionally, it is essential to use proper form and technique when lifting weights, to avoid injury.


CaffeinatedJawa's weight gain journey is proof that weightlifting and a proper diet can help with significant gains and improved body composition. While their journey may not be suitable for everyone, it can be an inspiration to those who have hit a plateau and feel like giving up. Try different approaches, diet and exercise plans until you find what works best for you. Patience and discipline, as demonstrated by the Reddit user, can lead to significant transformations.

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