What you eat, when and why.

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Effect of protein intake on muscle recovery

"Protein shakes" and other high-protein dietary strategies are believed by some to improve muscle recovery times after workouts. However, there is some opinion to the contrary: that protein intake ...
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How can an overweight engineer get back in shape?

One year later - if anyone sees this note, just to say thanks. I now have 10% body fat, 85kg (started at 130!), and I run demi-marathons. After reading a vast quantity of books and papers (about 60 ...
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How to lose weight when morbidly obese

I am a very overweight man at 400lbs (181 kg). I've been told by several doctors that I need to lose weight or else my health will get worse and worse. What exercises are safe for a large person? For ...
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Does eating late at night cause weight gain?

I like to keep a latish schedule, sleeping often around 2-3 AM, I'm often eating odds and ends late at night. If someone eats Meals A, B & C of certain calorie content, and then timeshifts his ...
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Is going to bed hungry going to help me trim fat?

I try and have my last meal about 3-4 hours before sleeping. This means that I'm going to be just on the edge of being hungry at the time I go to sleep. I usually have a bit of water, and hit the ...
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Best exercise to lose belly fat fast

I have had a couple of lower back surgeries in the past but I'm okay to do any activity. During the last 10 years I have gained a little more weight around the mid section but have been actively ...
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Are calories the only important aspect of a diet?

I've recently started using apps like MyFitnessPal to calculate the amount of energy and nutrients I consume and do some simple number crunching for me. However, all these apps seem to be focused on ...
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Egg whites and yolks [closed]

I recently watched a program on a bodybuilding website, and something in the diet plan struck me as quite weird. It said, that in the breakfast, you should eat 8 egg whites, but no yolks. That struck ...
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What are good examples of healthy snacks? [closed]

I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm looking for something healthy to snack on. I've tried eating different kinds of fruit like apples, bananas, and grapes. Most of the time, the fruit will go bad ...
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The “science of fullness” diets?

I noticed at my local convenience store a nutrition bar I hadn't seen before -- FullBar. I was intrigued by the concepts of the "science of fullness", which is documented on their site: ...
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Working out after a long period of not exercising

I haven't worked out in about 2 years and I want to start exercising again. My diet is also pretty bad- I eat a lot of fast food. I am only about 5 pounds over weight though, (5'10, 155 lbs) but I ...
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How can I maintain my energy levels?

What are the best ways to maintain my energy levels throughout the day. I find that I am becoming very tired during the day and go to bed early but then wake up still tired. In particular, things in ...
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Running and six pack abs

I've been struggling with weight almost entire life (I was just lazy). I'm 176 cm tall and I currently have 79kg. A year ago I was 96 kg. I gave up soda, chocolate and eating after 6 PM and went to ...
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What is the least damaging way to eat unhealthy food? [closed]

I've been on a reduced calories diet for past 4 months and lost about 20kg, but I keep on getting sweet tooth. The main unhealthy thing that I eat is mostly 85% chocolate, which I usually eat after ...
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How to lose weight and be able to do mental work?

My problem is that when I start losing weight I feel so exausted that: I'm angry I'm dumb and cannot do any mental work I always want to cheat my diet in the end of the day All those ads say that ...
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Maintaining muscle whilst not working out (injured)

I'm currently working on adding muscle and have been pretty successful over the last 6 weeks (adding well over a stone in weight, albeit a little fat as well as muscle). Last week I injured my ...
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Should I eat more calories when working out even though I'm trying to lose weight?

For example, if I use one of these calculators that tells me how many calories to eat, if I put in that I am sedentary it tells me to eat (for example) 2000 calories. If I put in that I'm moderately ...
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Am I misunderstanding the recommended daily protein intake? I find it impossibly high

I've read in multiple locations (including fitness se) that the recommended protein intake is a minimum of 0.8g/kg, and 2g/kg is a better target for fitness training. To me this seems outrageously ...
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Experience and references about intermittent fasting [closed]

I have read about and tried intermittent fasting in the past few months with some great results. The only hiccup was getting sick for about 3 weeks and losing that will to continue with it, until I ...
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Why I am losing fat mostly on my upper body and face?

I am almost 24 and I have to confess that I have been overweight for past 24 years :( I never did any serious sport and never had regular workouts either. I spent most of my life behind a PC or game ...
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What is the best way to get rid of love handles and lower belly fat?

I have been doing cardio lately, eating pretty healthy and doing lots of ab exercises Planks The Wheel Knee lifts Rotating back with body bar my upper abs and upper side abs are getting very ...
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Is drinking extra milk a viable method for increasing my daily protein intake?

Can I increase my daily protein intake by drinking lots of milk? A friend drinks 2-3 liters a day and highly recommends it.
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30 grams of Protein within 30 minutes of waking up

I am looking for Protein suggestions that I can have to consume 30grams after waking up. I am a vegetarian but I do eat eggs. Not too keen on consuming 5 boiled eggs first thing in the morning. I ...
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What's the logic behind the Food Pyramid [closed]

People these days seem to all be crazy about low carb, slow carb, Atkins, and South Beach diets, but the USDA Food Pyramid suggests we eat more grains than anything else in a day, with at least half ...
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Running, eating less but not losing weight?

I've been running for the past month and a half and watching what I eat for the past three weeks. I started out at 77,1kg and have been stuck around 75,5kg for the past week or longer. I've ...
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Where do I start when finding/creating a fitness program for myself?

I'm a senior in college studying computer engineering, so I spend a lot of time sitting in class and/or in front of a computer. I want to commit to a fitness routine before my sedentary lifestyle ...
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What to replace large quantities of meat with in my diet? [closed]

My family are all big meat eaters. We are country people who like to BBQ. A recent article on BBC news says that adults are advised to consume on average no more than 70g of red meat per ...
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How much glycogen is burned in weightlifting?

I'm trying to roughly match my carbohydrate intake to my rate of glycogen depletion with the goal of replenishing without overdoing. Is there an established way to estimate how much glycogen an ...
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What is the best way to bring one's metabolism out of starvation mode following a diet?

A friend of mine has obviously brought her metabolism into starvation mode by performing strict low-calorie diets (without any exercise) for over ten years. This has resulted in a yo-yo effect where ...
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How can you tell that you are eating enough to build your muscles?

So I'm doing a strength training program (Starting Strength) wherein each time I exercise, I increase the weight lifted by a small increment. The other day, I was working out and I 'hit a wall', ...
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Does fat make you fat?

I understand that there are good and bad fats. I'm talking about the good ones, the fat that comes from avocado, flax seed oil, etc. I am obese at the moment and wish to lose body fat quickly. I am ...
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Duration of running for weight loss, and diet control

I am not very good at running, but I need to get some weight loss for my little fat belly. I would like to go running because I don't know swimming and I got a fear for deep water(2m or more), shame ...
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Combat sports weight-cut: How to handle the last 4 days?

When I compete in combat sports like MMA, I have to do a major weight-cut. Normally, 3 weeks out from competition I weigh 15 lbs above my target weight. However, through a strict diet (with meals ...
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Is Paleo A good marathon training diet?

I've been doing strength and conditioning training for the last 4 months whilst adopting the Paleo diet from the outset, this has yielded positive results and I'm very happy with how things have gone. ...
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What is empirically considered “dangerous low caloric intake” these days?

I've lost a fair amount of weight over the past few years. During this experience, I've always kept anorexia/bulimia in the back of my mind to avoid falling into any dangerous habits. That being ...
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How to lose fat fast and healthily?

I want to lose some belly fat, get six-pack abs and look good naked. I want my muscles to show. Im of an average build, a bit too chubby to my liking. What can I do to achieve my goal? What pitfalls ...
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Is it important “when” to sleep or only “how much” is important?

I usually sleep in the morning till noon, is it really important to sleep at nights rather than morning or other times in a day? Are there any documented studies about when to sleep? According to ...
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Losing weight without losing muscle

What recommendations exist to lose weight without losing muscle? How much strength training is usually adequate to maintain muscle mass during a healthy weight loss diet? I've been losing weight ...
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How can I gain a lot of weight in one month? [duplicate]

I want to gain around 10 kg in one month, is this possible? If so, what would be the healthiest way of doing so? I'm 23 years old and weigh 56 kg with a height of ~6 ft.
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In relation to Low-Carb diet, Why I feel hungry after I eat?

I am on my second day of a low-carb diet. Never done one before, but I really need to lose 15 pounds to be on my ideal weight. Today I had a great big lunch. (Burger meat with bacon and cheese, ...
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Obtaining protein from alternative non-meat sources for bodybuilding

I have allergies towards egg whites and meat. I cannot eat chicken, beef, or pork. Others meats though like quail, fish are fine. What products can I substitute for eggs and meat? I would like to get ...
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How to design a running program and diet plan for losing fat in a healthy manner?

I have a specific fitness goal that I want to achieve, and I wanted to take the opinion of some Fitness.SE members to ensure that I'm going in the right direction, and if not, what steps should I take ...
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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 do I determine what a paleo diet is?

Prior to the invention of agriculture, humans lived in numerous climates, ecosystems and environments. So, exactly what is a "paleo" diet? For example, at some point in time before the origin of ...
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suggest some diet for me as I want to gain muscles and at same time want to reduce belly fat

I workout daily for half an hour to gain some muscles(e.g. chess and weight lifting). I have a nice physic except a little bit belly fat, so for that I daily do some half an hour walking and 15 ...
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Do different workouts require different diets?

Would you recommended a different post-workout diet depending on the type of exercise - yoga class, lifting weights, long distance running, swimming?
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Do Too Many Electrolytes Make You Fat

I've been consuming electrolytes before and after sports disolved into water without sugar. Can electrolytes in high volume make you gain weight?
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What diet/excercise plan should I take on this summer?

I'd like to do a 'Summer transformation' over this summer vacation (I'm sure that's not a new concept). I'm male, 16, 5'9, and 167.5 lbs. I'm not overweight, but I'm got stomach fat, and I'd rather ...
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What is a recovery meal, and of what should it consist?

People sometimes talk about a "recovery meal". What is a recovery meal? When should one eat the recovery meal? Of what should it consist? There may be variation depending on the preceding ...
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If you consume a lot of protein but don't exercise does it go to waste?

I recently had surgery and have been asked to avoid exercise for atleast 4 weeks. Before surgery I was doing moderate weight lifting and cardio several times a week and consuming 200 grams of protein ...