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M/25/5'10'' From 165 to 184 Lbs (3 Years) a Journey of Weight Gain and Dysmorphia

Follow the weight gain journey of Sad_Archer4829 on Reddit, fighting dysmorphia and striving to see the differences.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 5'10" man showing a weight gain from 165 pounds to 184 pounds. A respectable gain of 19 pounds.
M/25/5’10” [165 lbs - 184 lbs] (3 years) on and off, I don’t know if I can’t see it because of dysmorphia or because it’s not much different
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Sad_Archer4829, a 25 year old male, has shared his weight gain journey on Reddit in a post that has gathered 56 upvotes and several comments. His journey spans over 3 years, with on and off periods, and has been fueled by a need to gain weight and build more muscle mass. However, despite seeing differences, he's unsure if his dysmorphia is preventing him from appreciating his progress.

The Body Transformation

Comparing pictures from 165 to 184 lbs, it's clear that Sad_Archer4829 has made some significant progress. His chest, shoulders, arms, legs are bigger and more toned, with user Xeeao pointing out that his quads are popping. However, Sad_Archer4829 admits to struggling with body fat loss and loving trans fats, which may be obstructing him from shredding more and seeing bigger differences.

Community Feedback

The Reddit community has been supportive of Sad_Archer4829, with users like be-incredible, halloween-lord-bb, chackzo and used2011vwjetta affirming the progress he's made and encouraging him to continue on this journey. But dysmorphia is a real condition that many people struggle with, and Sad_Archer4829's uncertainty about the progress he's made probably calls for external validation and constant support.

A Note on Dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition that affects the way people think about their body, leading them to become fixated on perceived flaws and defects. It can cause severe anxiety and depression, and may lead to eating disorders, substance abuse or other harmful behaviors. Dysmorphia can affect anyone, but it's more common in people who already have other mental health issues or are exposed to unrealistic beauty standards.


Sad_Archer4829's weight gain journey showcases how a person can work hard to achieve their physical goals, but still struggle with self-acceptance and self-love. His post reminds us that looks are not the only thing that matter, and that mental health is equally crucial. If you're on a weight gain or loss journey yourself, remember to be kind to yourself, seek support from trusted persons, and take care of both your body and mind.

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.