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From Lanky to Strong: a 20 Lbs Weight Gain Journey in 1 Year

Read the weight gain journey of a tall and lanky M/21/6'4'' Reddit user who gained 20 lbs in a year to boost confidence. Learn tips to increase muscle mass and feel more confident.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 6'4" male showing a weight gain from 170 pounds to 190 pounds. A net gain of 20 pounds.
M/21/6’4 [170 > 190 = 20 lbs](about 1 year) was always tall and lanky so I tried to change but still insecure
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A 21-year-old tall and lanky male with a height of 6'4'' felt insecure about his thin frame and decided to gain weight. He shared his journey on Reddit by the username Outside_Western_6021 where he gained 20 lbs in a year.

Motivation to Gain Weight

Being called skinny and lanky was a constant source of insecurity for Outside_Western_6021, which fuelled his determination to gain weight. He started with a goal of gaining 10 lbs, but after seeing results and gaining confidence, he set a new goal for another 10 lbs.

Tips for Increasing Muscle Mass

Outside_Western_6021 shared his tips for weight gain, which include eating more calories than burned and performing compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, and bench press. He also mentioned the importance of tracking progress by taking pictures, measurements, and keeping a food log.

Mental Benefits of Weight Gain

After gaining 20 lbs, Outside_Western_6021 felt more confident, improved mental health, and stronger physically. He encourages others to try things out for themselves and not to let others' opinions affect their self-esteem.


Outside_Western_6021's weight gain journey shows that with dedication, proper nutrition, and exercise, anyone can transform their physique and boost their confidence. Do not let anyone's opinion affect your self-worth and try to improve yourself for your own happiness and well-being.

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