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M 22 5'8" [140Lbs 185Lbs] Two Years of Lifting and Eating Trying to Get Here

A Reddit user shares his amazing weight loss journey for two years through lifting and eating. Discover his tips on fitness and diet here!

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'8" man showing a muscle gain from 140 pounds to 185 pounds. A net gain of 45 pounds.
M 22 5'8" [140lbs-185lbs] Two years of lifting and eating trying to get here. Tank top for scale, gym lighting is terrible,
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The journey of losing weight is never easy. For many people, it takes a lot of hard work and discipline to get their desired body shape. This Reddit user, OooPieceofCandy, is an inspiration to those who have gone through the same journey.

Diet and Nutrition

According to OooPieceofCandy, he did not follow a strict diet plan. However, he made sure to eat enough protein and carbs to support his bodybuilding goals. He aimed to consume 300g of protein and 500g of carbs every day, spread across six meals. He also revealed that three of his meals were clean while the other three were more flexible.

Workout Routine

OooPieceofCandy did not stick to one workout routine. He alternated between a typical split routine (arms, back, chest, legs, shoulders) and a push-pull-legs (PPL) routine. The PPL routine involves doing all the push movements (bench press, etc.) on one day, all the pull movements on another day, and legs on the third day. He would then repeat this cycle.

Key Takeaways

OooPieceofCandy's story teaches us that patience and determination are key to achieving our fitness goals. He went through several obstacles, such as his 5-month break from the gym, but he kept pushing himself to get back on track. He also advises others to find a routine that suits their goals and not to compromise on their nutrition.


Losing weight requires commitment, hard work, and time. OooPieceofCandy's story is just one example of how it is possible to achieve your desired body shape. Anyone can start by setting realistic goals and finding support throughout their journey. Remember always to consult with a healthcare professional before committing to any significant diet and exercise changes.

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