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M/22/5'11'' Weight Gain Journey: From 123 to 144 Lbs in 7 Months

Follow this Reddit user's slow and consistent weight gain journey towards their goal of 160lbs through a 21lbs gain over 7 months.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 5'11" man showing a muscle gain from 123 pounds to 144 pounds. A net gain of 21 pounds.
M/22/5'11'' [123 to 144 = 21lbs] 7 months. Slowly and consistly moving towards my goal of 160lbs
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Gaining weight can be just as challenging as losing it. But for some people, like the M/22/5'11'' Reddit user, the goal is to gain size and muscle. They detail their weight journey on Reddit from weighing 123 pounds to 144 pounds in 7 months. It's not an overnight transformation, but a slow, steady process that requires dedication, hard work, and consistency.

The Journey

He started gaining by first figuring out his maintenance calorie intake and adding a surplus of calories. One of the biggest challenges was eating more than he was used to. By gradually increasing his calorie intake, he was able to maintain consistency and avoid the pitfalls of binging.

The Workout

Gaining weight also requires strength training to build muscle. This Reddit user follows a weightlifting program that emphasizes compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bench press. It's crucial to focus on progressive overload over time, increasing reps and weights to maximize growth potential.

The Mental Game

Staying disciplined with a calorie surplus and consistent workout routine can be mentally challenging. The Reddit user had to push through self-doubt and lack of motivation. Support from family, friends, and Reddit communities played a role in keeping them motivated and inspired.


This Reddit user's weight gain journey is a prime example that slow and steady wins the race. Gaining weight healthily and sustainably is a process that requires patience, discipline, and hard work. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, but with a combination of strength training, calorie surplus, and consistency, it's possible to see transformative results. Consider this journey as an inspiration, and take on your own weight gain journey with a positive mindset and a willingness to learn.

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