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From 215Lbs to 160Lbs: a 5 Year Weight Loss Journey of a Reddit User

Read about how one user lost 55lbs and renewed their focus on health after their mom had a health scare.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'6" female showing a weight loss from 215 pounds to 160 pounds. A total loss of 55 pounds.
F/29/5'6" [215lbs > 160lbs = 55lbs] (5 years) Renewed focus on health after mom had a health scare
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A Reddit user shares her journey of losing 55lbs over five years, from her highest weight of 215lbs to her current weight of 160lbs. Her focus on health got renewed after her mom had a health scare, inspiring her to lose weight and inspire her mom to come along with her.

Weight Gain and Struggles

The user gained weight during college and grad school due to bad eating habits including ordering in and testing different medications for depression that had weight gain as a side effect. She eventually graduated and started working, which helped her to get into a better routine, but she still relied on order-in diet programs that worked for her but may not have been healthy.

Renewed Focus on Health

After her mom had a stroke at 57, the user wanted to lose weight to get out of the 'obesity' category and inspire her mom to work on her cholesterol levels. She hired a trainer and started working out 4x a week in both cardio and strength. She switched from diet programs to freshly prepped, calorie-proportioned food from a local chef.

Setbacks and Cheat Meals

The user had some setbacks with stomach issues that required a colonoscopy, leading her to consume more carbs than usual. She still allows herself a cheat meal once a week, acknowledging that nothing was better than pigging out on an entire Chipotle burrito in front of the TV.

Conclusion and Advice

The user's goal weight is around 145lbs, but she acknowledges that weight loss is not a linear journey and may take longer than expected. She advises others to find what works for them in terms of exercise and diet and to be consistent and persistent. She stresses the importance of focusing on health rather than just weight loss and inspiring those around you to join in the journey.

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