By Height By Weight  

How One Reddit User Lost 17 Pounds and Achieved a Smaller, Toned Body

This article discusses the weight loss journey of a Reddit user from 172 to 160 pounds and provides tips on how to get started on a fitness and weight loss regimen.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 5'5" woman showing a weight cut from 172 pounds to 155 pounds. A net loss of 17 pounds.
F/23/5'5" [172>155>160>] Face progress.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Rhimann, a 23-year-old woman, recently shared her weight loss journey on Reddit. She went from 172 to 160 pounds over the course of eight months through consistent cardio and lifting workouts. Although she didn't track her food intake closely, she ate reasonably well and avoided obsessively monitoring her weight.

The Role of Exercise in Rhimann's Weight Loss

Rhimann didn't take up exercise until after a bad break-up that left her feeling motivated to make some positive changes in her life. Initially, she didn't work out at all and lost 17 pounds naturally. After that, she started lifting weights and doing cardio five days a week. In just eight months, she lost another 12 pounds and toned up her body. Rhimann also incorporates other physical activities into her life, such as hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

The Importance of Muscle Gain in Weight Loss

Lifting weights can be an effective way to lose weight, even if the number on the scale doesn't change significantly. As Rhimann explains, she gained muscle while getting smaller, so her weight loss journey wasn't reflected in a drastic decrease in her overall weight. However, her body fat percentage decreased, and she achieved a more toned and healthy body.

Tracking Food Intake and Overcoming Eating Disorders

Although Rhimann didn't consistently track her food intake during her weight loss journey, she acknowledges that keeping a food diary can be helpful for some people. However, she also notes that she had struggled with eating disorder behaviors in the past and was mindful not to let her weight loss journey become an unhealthy obsession. Rhimann enjoyed treats like chocolate and wine in moderation and didn't deprive herself of the foods she loved.


Rhimann's weight loss journey is a testament to the power of consistency and balance in achieving a healthier body. By incorporating regular exercise, mindful eating, and physical activities she enjoyed, Rhimann was able to successfully lose weight and achieve a more toned body. While Rhimann's journey may not be suitable for everyone, it offers insight into the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of finding an approach that works for your individual needs and preferences.

No comments found! Be the first!

Madeleine Smith

Content Lead at

Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.