What you eat, when and why.

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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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Getting enough calories with a suppressed appetite

I never thought I'd be saying this...but I need to be eating more. I recently switched to a new medication which has been suppressing my appetite to the point that I can go all day without eating. I ...
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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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Do I need to eat extra protein after a run?

I'm currently running to lose weight and build some fitness. I run 12 km run in about 1h20m and keep my heart rate between 140~150bpm. I try to do 3 runs a week. The run itself does not seem very ...
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How to reduce muscle mass in lower body?

My legs are disproportionately large, and this has been the case since my childhood due to genetics. This is what is known as the t-rex (opposite of chicken legs). Is there a way I can keep training, ...
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What's the healthiest order to do things when you wake up? [duplicate]

I understand it's healthy to exercise in the morning but should it be done after or before having breakfast or a snack? Also, it seems pointless to shower before exercising so I guess that should be ...
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What can I do to improve my eating and exercise habits, in order to be more healthy?

At the present moment, I am 5'8", 17, and weigh 210 pounds. At the beginning of the summer, or maybe a little before, I started to pay more attention to what I ate and how I exercised. Though, it is ...
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Benefits of having low salt diet?

I am totally aware of the health benefits of having moderate amount of salt (Sodium) in a balanced diet and also down sides of having too much. However, I can see that, in so many healthy cooking ...
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What can I do to start gaining weight? [duplicate]

I am 6 ft tall 20year old boy. I currently weigh 60Kgs. I take regular diet which consists of morning breakfast, milk, day lunch, evening snacks, dinner and half liter milk in night as well. In spite ...
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How bad of a vice is gum chewing?

I'm currently on a paleo diet which means I'm supposed to cut out sugar, however, I still chew sugarfree gum after lunch usually (Maybe 2 or 3 pieces a day). My question is this: how detrimental is ...
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Is eating only fruits for breakfast healthy?

I'm an athlete and trying to find what constitutes the healthiest breakfast I can eat. I'm considering wholemeal bread, bran flakes and fruits. So far fruits seem to be the tastiest option, but are ...
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Is a drastic calorie reduction harmful? [closed]

For a long time I was consuming 4000 calories a day. This was between soda and various "junk foods". I was surprised to find my protein, carb and fat levels were pretty close to what they should have ...
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will this diet work?

this is the diet program which i wrote as the kindest personal trainer for myself: Breakfast is always 1/2 C muesli with 1/3 C non-fat yogurt and 1/3 C raspberries=150cals. 3-4 hours after ...
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Equality of different protein sources

From my summary reading around the internet, there seems to be a preference for meats as a protein source (e.g., see this SO answer). My question is, is there a difference—with respect to ...
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The Honey Diet - Why doesn't it work? [closed]

A while back I stumbled upon the honey diet. According to the "inventor" you should take 1-2 tablespoons of honey before going to sleep. It's supposed to help reduce stress hormones, increase ...
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General nutrition for normal people where weight loss isn't a goal [closed]

I've always been at a healthy weight and now I'm in my 30's I want to make sure that I'm taking care of myself and consuming the right foods. Considering there is so much information out there, bias, ...
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What is the effect of alcohol on the body?

What are the effects on the body due to alcohol? Should I simply consider it as a carb in my macros or is it different (worse?) than that? I’ve been bodybuilding for a year and a half and I haven’t ...
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Want to lose weight, need advice

I am very overweight, at 19 stone. I am in the gym, I go 3 times a week and normally do 40 minutes cardio on the elliptical and 20-30 on the low bike with the proper seat, I find the normal bike hurts ...
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Does fiber cause heartburn?

We're apparently supposed to increase fiber slowly into any new diet, which is what I have been doing. I have simply switched from white bread to brown bread (whole wheat). For some reason I am ...
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Does not eating fat reduce my chances of getting fat?

If I don't eat fat, and eat only other things, for example protein and vitamins, then does this reduce my chances of getting fat? In other words, I will never be fat even if I don't do exercise?
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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Am I in “starvation mode”?

I am male, 48, 6'2" and 230 lbs. I workout 4 to 5 days per week, doing a wide variety of sports (running, cross training, TRX, skiing, lifting weights etc). I was assessed last year and my ...
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Protein shakes for weight loss

I have recently started regular swimming with the main goal of weight loss. Im curious as to whether protein shakes would help me lose weight? Increased muscle growth burns calories but then the ...
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Why is it beneficial for powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters to not have low body fat?

Most powerlifters and heavy weight olympic lifters have a lot of muscle, but are not skinny, why not? Would excess fat not hinder them in their technical lifts?
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Tips on having six packs and losing fat and keeping the muscles I have

I use to work out 5-6days a week, 80-90mins, where I did weight training. I have a good physique, however I never had well defined abs. Now I'm working hard towards abs. I do abs workout every other ...
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How do you explain to a family member that youre on a fitness regimen without them going bonkers about it?

Im currently on a intermittent fasting regimen and my family has finally caught up to what Ive been doing. Theyre basically saying that im killing myself and this is not the way to lose weight/be ...
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Should I add more protein to my diet to avoid muscle loss?

I've read several places you should try to at least get .5 g of protein per pound of weight. Note that I don't know my lean weight. Now I'm a 186 cm(~6 feet) tall male weighing 111.8 kg(~246 lbs), ...
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Strength training: what to do when it becomes kind of easy, in order to keep improving

I've been training for several years, stopped for a while then started back but kept working out regularly (4-6 days a week) for the past 2 years. I lift heavy weight, do bodyweight training, skip ...
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How to grow muscle while burning fat?

I am not obese, nor overweight but I still have fat accumulated around the waistline(giving me those ugly love handles). Other than that, I don't have much fat on me. I have tried long cardio ...
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Is 3400 calories a day unreasonable for me?

Was reading one of the answers to this question that based on the calculation suggests I intake 3400 calories a day. I have a scale at home that measures body fat and also calculate about the same ...
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Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet and training?

Is it physically possible to have a calorie deficit for a month and gain 5 kilos of weight while being on diet? I am eating around 1500-2000 calories a day and I should be taking around 3500 minimum ...
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How much sodium after hard exercise?

After (or during) an hour or three of hard, sweaty running and/or biking, how much salt do I need beyond my normal diet?
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Good clean bulking meals

I've been clean bulking for a long while but after eating the same things for a long while it gets hard to keep eating it every day. Do you guys have any advice on meals with many complex carbs, ...
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How (much) can a metabolism slow down?

Always when you read about diets, you also read a warning saying that a too small calorie intake will slow down your metabolism. However, I can't find any sources explaining what exaclty slows down ...
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Tracking What We Eat?

My wife and I have both recently been discussing how we can eat healthier. We've been planning menus involving lots of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, low sugars, good fats, etc. However, ...
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Protein of red and white meat

Is there a difference between the protein found in red meat (like beef and ostrich) and white meat (like chicken and pork) and protein from fish and should you aim to get these in in any particular ...
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Can meal frequency have a significant impact on exercise?

I tend to eat one small meal/snack and one very large meal each day, as opposed to the typical breaskfast, lunch and dinner. I always feel that I eat enough and my body seems well suited to this ...
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Is it possible to gain weight eating only fruits and vegetables?

I've read somewhere that if you eat the right combination of fruits and veggies you can actually gain weight. So will eating 2,000 calories worth of fruits and vegetables make you gain weight as if ...
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Weight gain diet for a Pescetarian?

I was weight gaining/lifting about 5 years ago on a diet consisting of a lot of chicken, beef and tuna. However, I stopped, and have since then stopped eating factory farmed meats, and now have a ...
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Could cyclic eating help us to keep our metabolism up?

Insulin oscillations with period of 3 - 6 minutes are believed to be important for insulin sensitivity by preventing downregulation of insulin receptors. Reading this I was wondering, if the ...
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Training for strength: How is my training regimen and diet combo?

I'm a student and live a schedule that makes it impossible for me to commit to any extremely serious programs or even go to the gym. As such, I have began to train at home, doing primarily the ...
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Circuit training plan and diet

I am currently enrolled in a circuit training gym and just 'leveled up' to level 3 last month (after about half a year of being in level 1-2 sporadically). I have been more consistent now (2-3 times a ...
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How much am I undercutting gains if I slack on protein?

In this question, the accepted answer for daily protein needs cites, "0.8g/lb ... (body-building)", meaning that if one is body building, one needs 0.8 g of protein per day per lb of body weight. I'm ...
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Weight loss for morbidly obese woman over 40 [duplicate]

I am a 44 year old woman, standing at 4 feet 11 inches and weighing 95kg. How can I take this weight off without injuring myself ?