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A Successful Weight Journey: How One Man Lost 79 Pounds in 18 Months

Discover how solo_dolo_ lost 79 pounds in 18 months through dieting, swimming, and lifting. Learn about his meal plan, workout routine, and more.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 6'3" man showing a weight cut from 264 pounds to 185 pounds. A net loss of 79 pounds.
M/21/6'3" [264lbs > 185lbs = 79lbs] (18 months) Diet, swimming & lifting.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Losing weight is not an easy feat. It requires discipline, hard work, and dedication. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss with the right combination of diet and exercise. Today, we’ll be discussing the inspiring weight loss journey of a Reddit user who goes by the name solo_dolo_.

The Journey

Solo_dolo_, a 21-year-old male, has lost an impressive 79 pounds in 18 months. According to his Reddit post, he did this through swimming, lifting, and adjusting his diet. He started by cutting out dairy, bread, wheat, and gluten. He consumed a lot of tuna and peas and stuck to food choices like chicken, frozen green veggies, skyr, whey, green tea, nuts, water, eggs, oatz, fruits, cucumbers, and carrots. He also used MyFitnessPal to track his progress.

The Regimen

After losing 65 pounds, he began lifting weights and consuming 1800 calories per day. He did this to gain some muscle mass while losing fat. Once satisfied with his body fat percentage, he upped his calories to 3000, with 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fat. He ran a 3-day split twice a week and included a few HIIT sessions. Solo_dolo_ did caution users about consuming too much tuna due to mercury poison.

Results and Goal

Solo_dolo_ successfully lost 79 pounds, going from 264 to 185 pounds. He struggled with binge eating and kept a lot of bottled-up emotions, but his journey towards weight loss made him feel better. He encourages other users to try things out for themselves by adjusting their diets and exercise regimen. His next goal is to increase his weight through muscle-building exercises.


Solo_dolo_'s journey is not unique; anyone can achieve a healthier lifestyle through a combination of good diet and exercise. His journey shows that hard work and dedication pay off in achieving health goals. We commend solo_dolo_ for his bravery in sharing his journey, and we hope his experience serves as a source of inspiration to others seeking to make a positive change in their lives.

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