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From 212 to 168 Lbs: a Year of Progress by Eating Right and Lifting

Discover the routine and diet that contributed to a Reddit user's successful one-year weight loss journey, and see if it can work for you.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'10" man showing a fat loss from 212 pounds to 168 pounds. A net loss of 44 pounds.
Year progress. M/20/5'10" Went from 212 to 168 by eating right and lifting! Posted here a few times but this is the finished product
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


One Reddit user, SoMuchKarma, posted his incredible weight loss journey from 212 to 168 lbs in one year. He credited his success to eating whole foods and lifting weights. He shared the routine and diet that he followed in his comments, which we will discuss thoroughly in this article.


SoMuchKarma's routine was a mix of the 5x5 workout and the "Shortcut to Shred" program, which he did for six weeks. He shared that he typically makes his routines four weeks long before switching it up. He also mentioned doing interval training and participating in a tough mudder challenge. If you're interested in trying these routines yourself, follow the links shared in his comments section.


SoMuchKarma emphasized that he eats a variety of whole foods and practices intermittent fasting, which he has been doing for so long that it's become a habit. He added that eating whole foods makes it hard to reach maintenance calories because they fill you up so well. For instance, his maintenance calorie intake is around 1,800 calories, and with daily exercise, it jumps up to almost 3,000 calories. He usually eats between 2,200 to 2,500 calories a day.


SoMuchKarma also took supplements and shared a list that includes Fish oil, CLA, L-Carnitine, Green tea extract, Multivitamin, Beta-alanine, and Flavorless whey protein to fortify soy milk. However, while the supplements may play a part in his success, his routine and diet seem to be the main factors in his achievement.


SoMuchKarma's one-year weight loss journey shows that a balanced and consistent routine, along with a healthy diet, is the key to achieving fitness goals. Whether you follow his routine, guidelines, or diet, it's essential to find a routine that works for you to achieve significant results like SoMuchKarma's. Always remember that a journey like this requires dedication, hard work, and a commitment to yourself.

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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.