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From 165 Lbs to 125 Lbs a 10 Month Journey

This article chronicles one Reddit user's inspiring 40 lbs weight loss journey, detailing her low-carb diet, weight lifting regimen, and tips for success.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'5" woman showing a fat loss from 165 pounds to 125 pounds. A total loss of 40 pounds.
F/27/5'5" [165 lbs >125 lbs = 40 lbs] (10 months) approx. 10 lbs difference between each picture.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Reddit user madeofscars documents her impressive 40 lbs weight loss journey on the popular social media platform. Her 10-month journey from 165 lbs to 125 lbs has captured the attention of thousands of people, inspiring them on their health and fitness journeys.


Madeofscars followed a ketogenic (low carb) diet, which helped her achieve a steady and sustainable weight loss. She kept her calorie intake between 1700-2000 calories most of the time, with occasional cheat meals bringing her closer to 2500. Her diet was crucial in maintaining her energy levels for her vigorous gym routine.

Exercise Routine

Madeofscars hit the gym 4-5 times a week, lifting heavy weights in a bodybuilding style. Her goal was to preserve lean mass while leaning out. She particularly enjoyed working out her core, doing weighted ab work 1 day a week. Her gym routine, coupled with her low carb diet, helped her maintain muscle mass and lose weight.

Tips for Success

Madeofscars advises others to stay consistent in their efforts, particularly through hard days and plateaus. Her journey was not without setbacks, but she persevered and stayed the course. She also emphasizes the importance of keeping energy levels high, particularly for strenuous workouts. Finally, she recommends being patient with oneself and celebrating every success, no matter how small.


Madeofscars' incredible transformation shows that with hard work, dedication, and the right mindset, anyone can achieve their weight loss goals. Her journey serves as an inspiration for anyone starting out, particularly those with similar initial weight and height. While everyone's journey is unique, anyone can benefit from incorporating aspects of her routine into their own journey.

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