Healthy body composition depends on the percentage of body-fat compared to lean mass. Questions are about how to calculate body-fat percentage, healthy body-fat ranges and body fat distribution.

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How to lose manboobs?

Well this one is embarrassing as hell to ask, but its a real issue for me. I do dips often, as people say that's good, but different people say different things - that bench press will make them more ...
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How to calculate Body Fat %

How can I calculate my BF%?
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Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?

I've been attempting to do a high-protein calorie-restricted diet, while working out with the Stronglifts 5x5 program since early February. My follow-through for the Stronglifts part has been ...
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Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
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Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...
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Naturally increasing my Metabolism

I see all kinds of commercials on the TV about how to lose X amount of weight in Y amount of time, and how this old guy looks surprisingly like this younger guy, even though he's not supposed to. My ...
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How much does body fat affect body temperature?

I'm currently about 30 lbs overweight. I'm also generally much warmer than many others around me, and am constantly seeking ways to cool off. I'm already working on slimming down, but I'm wondering - ...
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Is body fat monitor worth buying?

I would prefer to measure my body fat, rather than weigh myself. Is monitor like this: worth its money or should I look for something else?
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Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?

I'm currently 5'9", 262.8 at last weight in (about 10 days ago). I'm still cutting, by no means am I 'obese', although that's what my BMI says. I have plenty muscle mass, but to be honest I could ...
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What is the difference between swimming and running?

I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main ...
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Are there any advantages of being an ectomorph?

It can be on fitness, sports or just plain daily life. Everything I hear and know about ectomorphs is: They struggle to gain weight (be it fat or muscle) and they tend to lose the gains easily. ...
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What is a good way to estimate percentage of body fat?

I've seen various techniques for this, I have hear everything from pinching yourself, to simply comparing yourself to photos of other people with varying degrees of body fat. Does anyone have any ...
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Photos for observing Progress and changes

I am looking for procedures/experiences regarding using a camera to keep track of improvements/changes over time. This can be fat/muscle, posture, general appearance. (Pilates, for example is ...
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As a hardgainer, how do I get the right balance of calories to add size without adding fat?

I am a prototypical hardgainer, 23 years old and never weighed over 10 stone until recently when I started lifting weights again (lifted in the past and never saw any noticeable gains). I read in an ...
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How accurate is the Navy Body Fat Calculator?

I've been using the Navy Body Fat Calculation method for about two months in conjunction with an exercise regimen. It's done it's job as far as telling me that I'm loosing body fat and gaining lean ...
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Body fat still the same even though losing weight

I've been dieting and losing weight for around 3-4 months now and have been mainly doing cardio but still doing resistance as well. On average, I am losing 9lb a week however I got weighed today and ...
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relationship between power and body fat

When throwing a punch it's often recommended one throw ones weight into it. Does it make much of a difference with what constitutes that weight? For example, say you have a guy with 130lbs lean mass ...
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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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Is there a correlation between a heart risks and high BMI for someone with a low body fat percentage?

While Body-Mass Index isn't the worlds most accurate indicator, it does correlate quite nicely with body fat, as the graph below shows. One of the uses of BMI in this case, is that a high BMI is ...
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What is the benefit of eating excess calories when strength training?

Is there a benefit to eating excess calories while strength training? Programs like Starting Strength suggest that a novice should be eating many calories in excess of what is needed, and that in the ...
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Is it possible to lose weight on some special parts of body?

I'm 165 cm tall, weigh 56 kg. I'm the ideal weight for my height now, but don't like my body and how it looks like! I'd love to be skinny but I don't know how. Fat tummy, belly, leg .. I am, as ...
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Would lots of walking allow me to lean out while lifting and eating a lot?

Suppose I'm on a hypercaloric diet (i.e bulking diet), lifting weights, and I also go for a walk 3 hours a day. Walking is not an aerobic exercise, so the ratio of glycogen vs fat used as fuel is ...
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I am on 8% body fat but still look fat?

I have been doing some intense cardio and weight training for the last 2 months, with a goal in mind to get a lean body. From what I understood, if I have body fat around 7-8%, that means ripped mid ...
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Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
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Does sitting for longer hours really have an effect on the body?

After going through this link I am confused about whether to believe what the link claims. If it's true then most of us are affected already because most of us are doing desk jobs from 9-5 or simply ...
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Shape up body with heavy weights or light weights

I am now planning to go to the gym, I never did gym before more than a month.. and that was 5 years back. Now as since last 5 years I have ruined my body by eating junk foods, sitting in front of the ...
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Is sitting all day in anyway related to butt size?

I'm a programmer and I sit by the computer almost all day long, some days literally all day, and I heard that sitting all day is one reason why someone's butt can get bigger is that true? and if yes, ...
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Body fat loss halted. Anyone have experience getting under 8% body fat?

I have successfully reduced my body fat from 15% to 8.5%. Keep in mind these are pinch tests so the over all body fat calculated percentage might be a bit off. My abdominal skin fold measures 7.1mm. ...
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I exercise daily but my weight is not decreasing

I am a 25 year old female and my weight is 141 lbs (63 kg) and my height 5.3 feet (1.63 m). I want to lose 20 lbs (9 kg). My current traning and eating: I do yoga for one hour in the morning ...
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What should skinny people do to track progress?

Since skinny people, like myself, need to track their progress while building muscle mass and staying feet; what should I be looking at? Right now I'm measuring muscle, weight, and body fat but is ...
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Increased irritability with ultra-low body fat?

Yesterday, reading in my newspaper I discovered an interview with a professional boxer (at the end of his career). He said preparing for an upcoming fight has been really hard... getting body weight ...
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Upper and lower body proportion, gaining muscle losing fat

Let me start by saying that I am a Systems Engineer and have been working professionally for the past 10 years, in a very demanding and stress oriented environment. This has not allowed me to care ...
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will ripped abs be a no-show if my body fat % is increasing?

So I'm a fit 21 y/o. I have good cardio ability (I can run 10K, swim 2.5k and cycle 150K) I started going to the gym 1.5 months ago, my body fat % was measured at 11% before I began and just like the ...
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Running after night shift?

I am working the night shift and I usually go for a run after that at about 6 'o'clock in the morning. I don't feel fresh because of the whole night stretch. But the problem is I desperately want to ...
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How to calculate body fat using calipers?

One of the trainers in my local gym did my measurements with a fat caliper. He unfortunately has not had time to calculate the fat percentage. I have the numbers and figured might as well do it ...
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What is “obese”?

If you look at charts they will all say that I'm obese or worse. I'm 6'1" ~250 (dropping to 240) but I'm not "fat". These charts seem to base it on the fact that my weight vs my height is not in ...
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Why does the suprailliac skinfold body fat method depend on age?

Skinfold measurement charts like the Accumeasure one shown below for suprailliac measurement have the same caliper measurement representing different body fat %s in different age groups. Maybe other ...
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Declining performance after almost 4 months of continous exercise. Why is this?

Ive been exercising almost religiously for about 4 months but have observed a declining rate of performance for the past 1 and a half month. I haven't changed anything in terms of diet and sleep ...
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How to maintain my body without fat and reduce belly?

I've been going to the gym for the past 3 years. Although my body shape has changed a lot, my weight has been stable 70kg for this period. For example, my biceps has developed a lot, but I was unable ...
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What is an ideal body fat% for young lean males?

I am 25 year old male, 67cm in height, 74kg in weight, and have approximately 8% body fat. The 8% figure comes from a 9-point caliper test, while the less accurate 4-point caliper test measures me at ...
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What's the “optimal” macronutrient split and daily caloric intake to increase lean body weight while reducing fat?

In the past few months, I've managed to trim down to about 11% bodyfat but unfortunately not without sacrificing a several pounds of muscle in the process. I'd like to regain and build beyond that ...
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What is normal rate of fat loss?

What is normal rate of fat loss? Is it changing depending on how much person has left to normal BMI (considering he/she doesn't want any extra muscle weight).
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Is there fat that won't be reduced?

I am slowly getting thinner (or less fat), but I have the impression that my double chin is not getting smaller. I know that spot reduction is largely a myth, and when exercising, my body will choose ...
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Exercises for building strong and well defined abs?

While people are very quick to jump on the adage that "abs are built in the kitchen", there are some people for whom additional help is required. Its generally acknowledged that a healthy, low-body ...
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Should i be just doing weights or add cardio too

I am 25 now. I kind of felt like i was too slim and weak; so joined the nearest gym in Feb 2014. I really feel good. The gym trainer gave me diet schedules and as a part of it, i take 4 eggs a day. I ...
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Maximum fat loss and fat burning workouts?

There's a study based on data from the Minnesota Starvation experiment that says that the maximum rate of fat loss is about 31.4 calories of fat per body fat per day. So, If you are a 200lb man with ...
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Measuring body fat with uneven upper/lower body proportions

I am planning to start regular workouts in the gym and want to monitor my progress. Measuring body fat seems like a good starting point and I've already read about various methods to achieve that. I ...
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How to accurately measure muscle mass versus body fat?

I want to know how to calculate how much muscle mass one has as opposed actually body fat.
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Swimming - usefulness of different styles with fat

I am just started to learn swimming... and learnt that there are a large number of styles like Freestyle, breaststoke , backstroke, butterfly stroke ? Though I just know that each of these strokes ...
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How do I warm up my biceps?

I have been going to gym for past 3 months. How do I warm up my biceps? Please give me some suggestion. I dont know the rules. What are the steps for improve my biceps? Whether work out in low ...