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What are the pros and cons of eating 1-3 grapefruits every day? [closed]

I love grapefruit and have eaten it on and off for several years depending on seasons. Recently I have come across several different claims that grapefruit help you burn fat and things like "If you ...
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Is there a tool that could help me precisely plan my diet and exercise?

First, a little background: I'm a 5'9" ish 22 years old student and I believe I'm somewhere around 5-10 pounds over the weight I'd like to maintain. I used to do a lot of sports, especially long ...
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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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Is coffee good or bad for your health? [closed]

I am a programmer. I like coffee as it keeps me awake, I usually drink 4 small cups a day. I want to know if it is dangerous for your health? Or in which quantity it should be taken?
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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 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 is the best way to break down a 60 minute gym workout?

I am just about to start a fitness/nutrition regimen but I am not sure exactly where to start. I will be able to do 5 days a week but thought it might be best to start with 3 days a week (Tuesday, ...
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How to make a well balanced diet?

There is so much bogus information on "how" to eat that its overwhelming. So i have a couple questions. What would the perfect diet look like (not carrying about actual type of food just its make up)? ...
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Are protein and fiber obtained from “shakes” used by the body as effectively as if they were obtained from unprocessed foods?

Recently I've been frequently consuming protein/nutrition shakes. Sometimes I make them myself using whey protein powder or a mix. Sometimes I buy them from cafe's such as Starbucks' protein/fiber ...
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Strict weight watchers adherence and regular, varied exercise not achieving results

I'm very frustrated by my inability to lose weight. I'm a 28 year old female and I'm stuck in the overweight range. Despite years of consistent and steady weight watchers and exercise, I cannot ...
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Can an active person eat more cholesterol?

Looking at the nutritional facts on an egg carton, I see that one medium sized egg satisfies 71% of the daily nutritional requirements for cholesterol. Many bodybuilders eat up to a dozen of eggs per ...
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How can I organize my meals to accomodate an evening workout?

My workout time is 7pm, when I get out from work and hit the gym. My goal is to loose weight, therefore I don't want to have any meals after 7-8pm. How can I accomodate the meals/snacks surrounding ...
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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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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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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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Fruit as optimal post-workout snack? What else besides fruit?

A friend asked me once if eating a banana was a good post-work out snack, to which I gave him a knee jerk reply of "any fruit is a good post work-out snack". I've conditioned myself in to thinking ...
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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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How to compensate for a brownie sundae?

Every now and then I'll indulge in an extravagant dessert, such as a brownie sundae, which contains as many calories as I'd normally eat for dinner. What is the best way to nutritionally compensate ...
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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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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 are electrolytes and why are they important?

What are electrolytes and why are they important? What are they for? You always hear about needing electrolytes when exercising, but what are they for?
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Nutrition & diet - what is the ideal BMI range for children between 6 and 12?

The 6-12 year age group is in a latent period of growth, while children 12-18 years old experience their main period of growth. The usual BMI range is 18 to 23. But is it applicable to children who ...
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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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What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats? [closed]

From this answer it was stated saturated don't do you any favors, whereas polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke Are there any health benefits to ...
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Foods with optimal amino acid profile? [closed]

The Wikipedia article for complete protein has the following table that lists the optimal profile of the essential amino acids: Essential Amino Acid | mg/g of Protein Tryptophan | 7 Threonine | 27 ...
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Probiotics: differences between bacterial strains [closed]

There are many bacterial cultures found in probiotic foods. For example: B. bacterium breve B. bacterium longum L. acidophilus L. bulgaricus L. casei L. lactis L. plantarum L. rhamnosus Leuconostoc ...
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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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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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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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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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What if any is the advantage of taking a bulking supplement over just having pure whey protein after a gym session?

I'm attempting to understand if I should be using something other than whey (isolate) protein shake after my gym workouts (weight lifting and core strengthening). There are lots of specific products ...
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Do sports drinks make a difference in a workout?

Both Gatorade and Powerade claim to help fill your bodies needs of electrolytes, vitamins, and other nutrients. I'm looking to find out if there's documented proof that these drinks really make a ...
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How to get enough Protein as a vegetarian? [closed]

Is is possible to take on enough protein to build muscle whilst eating a vegetarian diet? Many sources of proteins such as meat, poultry and fish are obviously ruled out. Do you have experience of ...
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Can creatine and citrus be combined?

Many creatine distributors, health forums, etc. recommend avoiding mixing creatine with citrus juices, as supposedly the citric acid could combine with the creatine to produce creatinine, which isn't ...
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At what point do I start to burn muscle on a calorie deficit diet?

If I'm on a calorie deficit and trying to burn fat, at what point do I start burning muscle instead of fat? How can I be sure that I'm eating enough to minimize muscle loss, but remain on a calorie ...
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Why do I sometimes get suddenly hungry 15 minutes into my workout?

During my run today I suddenly felt weak with hungry about 15 minutes after I started. This only happens some times -- not every run. I feel very hungry and weak, and I can usually only make it to ...
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What is the ideal amount of protein in take daily per body weight?

Is there a way to measure how much protein a person should consume per day based on their body weight? The objective is to burn fat and maximize metabolism.
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How can I tell the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?

How do you determine if something is good carb or bad carb? Reason I ask is after a month of hardcore working out I realized my body has changed. While I was eating five meals a day with very low ...
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What's the difference between Whey Isolate and Whey Concentrate in shakes?

What's the difference? I'm looking at shake options and some contain whey isolate, some contain whey concentrate and some both.