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Vegan trying to build muscle: how much protein should I eat and how can I get it?

First I want to say I know absolutely nothing about food or nutrition. So please write in terms I can understand. I am 18 years old and I exercise in order to help in building muscle. My weight is 53 ...
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What is dietary fat used for before being converted to adipose tissue?

We know carbohydrates are used for immediate and stored energy (glycogen) before being converted to body fat. We also know protein is used to repair tissue, mainly muscle for bodybuilders, before ...
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Do people who lift weights twice per week need less protein than people who lift three times per week?

Several exercise programs I've seen suggest lifting weights 3 times per week, but also say that progress can me made by only lifting twice per week (although it will be slower). These sorts of ...
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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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How does a muscle grow step-by-step?

I am trying to understand how a muscle such as the bicep grows step-by-step. For example (but not limited to): How nutrients line up? Which are essentials? What exactly do they do? It's hard to ...
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How to Increase height naturally? Are those ads gimmicks?

I'm 5'6, weigh 137, male and close to be 24 soon. I am not happy with my height. I love sports, basketball, soccer, and others. Being this short have some influence on sport activities I ...
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How bad is high fructose corn syrup relative to the alternatives? [closed]

We all know that sugar intake should be limited in general, but people seem to look on high fructose corn syrup especially poorly. Why is it any worse than sucrose? Crystalline fructose? Other ...
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Breakfast on Morning of Race

I'll be doing a triathlon next Sunday with the beginning of the race at 8:00 am. I'm going there as an amateur, but I've always been a competitive guy so I'll do my best to perform well. I've been ...
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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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Is it ok to mix a protein powder shake many hours before consuming it?

As the questions says, I was wondering as I want to prepare a whey shake (with milk) and take it with me to drink later. Does it lose effectiveness and it is important to drink it right after mixing ...
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what time should i stop eating at night [closed]

A friend of mine told me that the worst thing to do when trying to lose weight is to eat right before bed as it sits in your stomach and it will make you gain weight. Is this accurate? If so, what ...
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How can I learn essential self care?

I know that it is impossible for anyone to give me a complete answer on how I can lead a healthy, productive life without writing a book, but what I wish to ask is how can someone who possesses no ...
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Adding Whey Protein to fitness goal

Some background - Its been around 8 months since I have been exercising regularly, I am 178 cm tall, used to weigh 52.4 Kg when I had started, I have increased to 57.8 till date. Though I was advised ...
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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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Will drinking room temperature water or drinking ice cold water hydrate you more effectively?

I have heard that drinking room temperature water is easier for you body to absorb but I'm not sure if that is true or not. Also, I am wondering, after a hard workout, will ice water hydrate you more ...
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Eating enough carbohydrates to build muscle

There is an issue I always surpressed my mind of: the necessary carbohydrates per day. One thing I learned a while ago is the importance of consuming at least 20 gram of protein per 3-4 hours in ...
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“Negative” Calorie Foods to Renew Energy

Apples, celery, cabbage, and etc. are considered "negative" calorie foods. While I understand that the "negative" portion of that statement is largely mythical in nature, as they are actually just ...
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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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How do my eating habits affect my recovery?

I'm somewhat overweight (BMI of 28) and mainly sit behind my desk all day, so I've been on quite a calorie deprived diet. I go running about three times a week for half an hour and occasionally go ...
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What additional nutrition should I consider when starting to train in Muay Thai?

I'm working out 3 days a week for 1 hour - Muay Thai kickboxing + the same amount of time pumping iron at the gym. The Muay Thai involves: Full contact sparring Leg and arm conditioning (taking ...
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Are there any reasons not to blend different types of protein powder?

I am normally very reserved towards food supplements in powder form, but after reading a bit about protein supplements, I decided to try it out and decide whether or not it's something I am willing to ...
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Digestion vs Absoption of different protein sources

I was reading an article about whey vs casein, which said casein is digested very slowly. I remember reading casein peptides in the blood stream are used by the body in a much slower way. I've a ...
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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 can I eat first thing in the morning before a workout when I have no appetite?

When I get up in the morning I have no appetite for food until I've been up and mobile for at least a couple of hours. The problem is that when I go to do an hour workout in the morning I find myself ...
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Mitigate workout exhaustion

When I had a really intensive training session (weights), the day after I'm so exhausted that I can't do anything the whole day. I can't even concentrate, so my work performance (desk job) degrades to ...
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Books for learning about strength training and nutrition?

The topic of strength training and nutrition (with respect to fitness) is undeniably complex. As a result of the topic's complexity, there have been many bad books and resources produced over the ...
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Improve diet to improve bone/joint structure?

Weight: 80kg / 176 pounds Height: ~192cm / 6 foot 4 Age: 19 I am trying to improve my bone/joint structure and am worried that due to an insufficient diet, it's an uphill jog. I am asking for advice ...
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How much carbs the day before a marathon?

I'm running my first marathon on Sunday. I read on the internet that you should eat 4 grams of carbs per pound the day before the race. At 185 pounds, I would have to eat 740 grams of carbs! Does ...
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Why does the glycemic index of a carb NOT affect exercise performance?

I read an article on SimplyShredded that claimed that the type of carbohydrate doesn't matter, but rather only the amount of carbs matter to bodybuilders. In the following excerpt, the author claims ...
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Where can I go to research the Glycemic index of specific foods

I hear people on this site throwing the term 'Glycemic Index' a lot and I'd like to familiarize myself with how the GI of specific foods affect my diet. For instance, I have recently started eating ...
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Is it normal to crave for lemons after running [closed]

About 1-2 hours after running yesterday evening, I was cooking some salsa in my kitchen. When adding some lemon juice to the salsa I suddenly had a craving for the lemon and basically ate half a ...
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What other changes should I make to my weightraining plan and diet to continue losing belly fat?

I was once over 181 pounds and for my body type I was tipping on the scale of very fat to obese. I started to do lots of cardo and watched what I ate(but never dieted as I knew if I diet I won't be ...
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What to do before a 5k? Race day advice

What recommendations (fact-based, if possible) do you have for pre-race to ensure optimal performance? Warm up is a given so no need to mention that. But what about nutrition, hydration, rest, etc. ...
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How to gain height after 21 years?(am racewalker)

I am a racewalker and need longer legs! I am 21 years old and my height is 5'5". I am really concerned about my height. I do stretching daily and I have gained 1cm in 1 month. Can you please help me ...
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Gel recommendations for Ironman Triathlon

I'm doing an Ironman in about 4 weeks. Having just completed a half Ironman a couple of days ago, I'm feeling upbeat after performing well. However, I have a question about nutrition for my ...
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Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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How do you calculate daily vitamin requirements?

I'm looking at the nutrition facts label on my protein shake bottle and it says: Protein 42g - 84% DV Vitamin C - 100% DV Vitamin A - 40% DV Vitiman D - 50% DV etc... I know the 84% daily value ...
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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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How to combine food sensibly? [closed]

I am a vegetarian, mostly happy with my diet. I noticed that some meals are a bit harder to digest for me than others, which lead me to Google for “good” food combinations. As usual, I feel a bit lost ...
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Raw Diet for Growing Children [closed]

There is somewhat of a craze about Raw-food diets going around recently, including some of my friends that have gotten into it. For an adult it is their prerogative, what they put in their stomachs, ...
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Is the book “Wheat Belly” credible? [closed]

So I was given the book Wheat Belly last night which claims that much of the US's obesity is caused by eating wheat - specifically the highly-hybridized wheat we grow these days. Does anybody know ...
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What to eat after a late night workout?

I'm currently on the Abs diet, and am also trying to gain lean muscle for the start of my basketball season. I have basketball practice from 9pm - 10pm, and at the moment we're just playing a full ...
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What are the optimum foods and supplements for beginning runners?

I plan to start a running routine using the program listed here to improve my overall fitness. What foods and – if applicable – supplements would be recommended for beginning runners? I.e. a ...
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Building and gaining muscle while losing weight

While I have started running, I have also been trying to loose weight. My issue being that I am 18st and running on the pavement for 3 miles isn't good for my knee! I have been controlling my diet. I ...
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How much fiber should I (not) eat?

Many nutrients consumption recommendation come in % of calories per day. One should not get more than 30% calories from protein to avoid kidney overload ; One should get around 30% calories from fat ...
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Coffee with sugar after cycling (or any cardio)?

There is ample discussion on the internet suggesting that we need carbs after exercise (for example here and here). The second link also shows contradicting answers: complex carbs vs simple sugars. ...
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What should i do to run 6 miles in 1 hour

I am fat, overweight (85 kg, 28 Years, 5ft 9in). I usually eat lots of rice. I am vegetarian, do not take alcohol, sleeps at least 8 hrs daily. I want to run 1 hr to cover 6 miles ( in order to ...
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BMR+Harris-benedict equation: case of negative output

I was using the BMR and Harris benedict equations. I got a negative result when i used the following information just by curiosity: Age: 80 Height :1feet 0 inches (ie 12 inches) weight :22 pounds ...