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72 Pound Weight Loss in 8 Months: a Reddit User's Inspiring Journey

Follow one woman's weight loss journey through her Reddit posts, from 396lbs down to 318lbs in just 8 months. Learn about her methods and discover tips for your own progress.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A before and after photo of a 5'7" female showing a weight reduction from 396 pounds to 318 pounds. A respectable loss of 78 pounds.
F/30/5'7" [396lbs > 318lbs = 72lbs] 8 months. Still going strong. (GIF)
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


A Reddit user, F/30/5’7” and formerly 396 pounds, has documented her weight loss journey through a series of posts. Over the course of 8 months, she lost an impressive 72 pounds and is continuing to make progress. Her posts share tips, struggles, and progress updates, inspiring many others on their own weight loss journeys.

Diet and Exercise Changes

The Reddit user cites cutting out sugar as one of the biggest changes she made to her diet. She also increased her daily water intake, and started tracking her meals and calorie intake. In terms of exercise, she began by walking and gradually added in other workouts, such as strength training and yoga.

The Importance of Small Steps

One thing that stands out in the Reddit user’s posts is her emphasis on celebrating small victories. She encourages others to focus on the positive changes they make, no matter how small, and to not let setbacks discourage them. She celebrates losing a single pound, walking a little longer, or making healthier choices at mealtime.

Sticking With It

The Reddit user acknowledges that sticking with a weight loss journey is not easy, and there are days when it feels impossible. She suggests finding people who will support and encourage you, whether it’s through a community on social media or in-person workout buddies. She also advises finding forms of exercise you enjoy, so that it doesn’t feel like a chore.


This Reddit user’s weight loss journey serves as an inspiration to anyone who is struggling with their own. Through her transparency and honesty about her struggles and successes, she has built a supportive community around her. Her journey is a reminder that with small steps, support from others, and a focus on the positive, anyone can make progress towards their weight loss goals.

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