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Strength Training, Muscle Mass, and Weight Loss

I heard on a podcast that pounds of fat burn calories at a different rate than pounds of muscle. The thinking is that a pound of fat, sitting idly over the course of the day, requires X calories, ...
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Weight is higher in the Evening than the Morning?

I am trying to lose weight, more accurately I am trying to lose weight around my stomach area (overall I am a healthy weight), and I have taken to weighing myself in the morning and evening. Mostly to ...
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Do I need to gain weight if I'm overweight? (Starting StrongLifts program)

I'm 5'6 and 176 lbs with a high body fat %. I am overweight (with man boobs and big belly with love handles) and just started the StrongLifts 5x5 program. While reading the starter pdf included, ...
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Running often enough to lose weight

I like to add running to my daily schedule but I'm having problem deciding how often and how long is enough to make progress toward losing weight. I've heard if you run a lot at first then you give up ...
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Is weight loss possible without cardio?

I have been advised by my doctor not to do any running, dancing type of exercise which puts stress on my legs due to a leg condition. Being on bed rest for nearly a month and a very sedentary ...
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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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What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?

It seems that the conclusion is that there is consensus BMI is a really unhelpful metric for determining ideal weight. Indeed, at 5'9" my ideal weight is about 150 according to BMI. The last time ...
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How celebrities can shed/gain so much of fat in such short time and abstinence?

Christian Bale for the "The Machinist" and Hugh Jackman for "The Wolverine". These two celebrities went too far to reach perfection in their role. Has anyone this community happened to be with these ...
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Is it true that Diet is far more effective than Exercise for fat loss?

I recently read Lyle MDonald's article here about the relaitve merits of exercise versus dieting for fat loss. He makes the argument (with numbers to back up his case) that in terms of calories lost, ...
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Does being cold help lose weight?

I heard on Doctor Oz once that drinking cold water can help burn calories in a rather passive way since the body will have to work to warm it back up. Would this concept work practically in general? ...
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All activity is the same for weight loss?

There was a recent study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, where they took a cohort of 96 obese people and started them on different exercise regimens, as well as a targeted 30% deficit in daily ...
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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What's the deal with skin sag after massive weight loss?

I'm very overweight. I'm also starting to lose a lot of weight on a new diet/exercise program with a trainer. As the pounds continue to drop off, how bad can I expect skin sag to be? Can I do ...
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Should an overweight person not do Running and skipping because it can hurt knee joints?

My weight is 115 Kg and I want to lose weight. Some people suggested that I do running and skipping and say running can hurt my knees because of my weight. If running and skipping can hurt my knees, ...
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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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Starting Strength: How do I know when I should cut?

I've been bulking since I started lifting (Starting Strength path, two months in) but have started wondering this week - when do I cut? Is this purely when I can no longer stand the fat that ...
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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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I have a strong abdomen but I still have a belly?

I go to the gym regularly to do weight training and start off with sit ups to warm up, however I never seem to lose my belly. I'm not interested in a six pack I just want to know if training your ...
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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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Do I have to push myself to the limit to burn enough calories?

I'm extremely unfit and out of shape. I'm not super super fat, but I've been almost sedentary for a couple years now, so running is really hard for me. I really don't enjoy being out of breath and ...
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plastic foil to lose belly fat faster

I have seen people in the gym wrapping their lower belly in plastic foil. They claim it burns the fat in that area faster. I wonder if this is actually contributing to a faster loss of belly fat, and ...
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Does it matter which type of exercise for health/weight loss?

So I picked up Harvard Medical School Guides' "No Sweat Exercise Plan: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Live Longer" book and it seemed to suggest that any exercise was about as good as another for ...
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Will I effectively lose weight only by running? Is it better than doing full body workout?

Just what the title says. What will be the tradeoff of losing weight only by running on a treadmill instead of doing separate muscle group workout?
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Advice for improving metabolism burn: how do we keep it in high gear?

According to Mayo Clinic about 60% - 75% of the calories burned are non-exercise related. It seems each person's metabolism adjusts to ensure proper support of the body with the focus on efficient ...
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What are the biological processes behind the sensation of “being hungry”? [closed]

I'm trying to work out if there is a particular diet or habits around eating that would minimize the sensation of "being hungry". Is "being hungry" a psychological sensation determined simply by the ...
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Running - should it be done when you're hungry?

What is the recommended time for running, in respect to meal time and hungriness (amount of sugar on your blood)? If the answer depends on the goal of the exercise, please explain for weight-loss.
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Does sitting in a sauna actually stimulate weight loss?

My bodybugg gadget actually seems to think that I'm burning more calories when I'm in the sauna, but I'm kinda skeptical. Does sauna time really accomplish anything?
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How many calories are burned while doing interval running?

Since I've started running I've noticed that my appetite has gone up incredibly.I need to know how much I can eat to stave off the hunger while staying under my caloric burn. Is there a way to ...
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How to Alternate Starting Strength and Running/Jogging

I R overweight dude with main focus on running... with many many failed attempts in the past to stick to the gym due to DOMS and ** getting too tough to progress... I understand weight training helps ...
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Could a specific nutrient deficiency cause lightheadedness when losing weight?

I'm currently using the Slow Carb Diet to lose some weight. I find that it works well, but I plateau often. I'm trying (and succeeding but ever so slowly) to get under 15% body fat. Been doing it a ...
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Can anyone provide any evidence that Intermittent fasting (IF) can increase weight/fat loss?

There are many ways to do intermittent fasting (IF) or a "reduced meal frequency" diet - like skipping breakfast, eating only during a certain time-window in the afternoon, or even eating just a ...
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do low oxygen levels effect fat burn and/or muscle strengthening?

My goal is to lose 8-pds. I currently weigh 172-pds. Using the following workout and a protein diet, I've lost 10-pds so far starting from Aug-1. Ultimately, I want to do long-distance running, and so ...
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Somewhat confused about the midweek spike on the anabolic diet

I have been on LeanGains for the past 3 months, on what started as a cutting diet (but somehow ended up a recomp). So, now I have the following stats: 72 kg (from 76 kg) 162 cm 88 kg deadlift 80 kg ...
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Going from training 3 days/week to 4 days/week

I've been training three days per week for about two months now and feel that I want to increase the amount of training I do. From mon - wed - fri, to mon-tue-thu-fri. Currently I have a two day ...
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Started lifting again and am gaining weight but my clothes seem to fit better. What is the cause?

I've been lifting consistently for over a month and have noticed that i'm gaining weight (unfortunately) but you wouldn't know by the way my clothes are fitting. I would think that the extra weight ...
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Aerobic vs anaerobic for better fat loss

I've read in this forum about aerobic and anaerobic training but i can't get an answer for my particular situation. I'm 35 years, male, 175cm , with 79kg, doing 3 or 4 exercises (2xrunning 5km/500 ...
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I am overweight and need to reduce?

I am an IT engineer and most of my time I spend near my PC. I noticed after a few months that I've gained a lot of weight and now it's at 100kg. Sounds too much to me. I have no medical conditions, ...
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how to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

weight loss diets recommend to drink 8 glasses of water a day, also to brighten skin. during a day, I think I drink too much water. I doubt that is it really true or it's just my illusion. the problem ...
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Weights versus cardio, or weights with cardio

This is specific to an obese individual. For weight loss - is it better to first focus on cardio, and then move on to weights, or is the combination a better approach? 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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Strength Training and a Bad Back

I've always been leery of weights - it takes me months of very steady progress before I feel at home with them. By comparison: Yoga and Cardio come naturally to me. The only time I did weights ...
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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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Exercising deficit and daily caloric intake

Hi I'm a 28 year old female, 153cm (5'), 54kg (120lb). I'm am trying to lose some weight and tone up. I am currently eating around 1300 calories a day, working out on a rowing machine and cycling ...
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How to lose weight if I have lower vertebrae problems?

According to my doctor I am having lower back disc problems. I feel pain there almost all the times when I stand or bend my body backward. Now, I am gaining fat and don't know how I can lose it as I ...
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Is there any research showing how effective HIIT (specifically stationary bike) is for fat loss?

I'm doing HIIT for VO2 improvement and wondering if that'll help with fat loss as well. I've read a lot of conflicting reports, including one fellow who said "there a study on this that will be ...
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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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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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Low room temperature and weight loss

If I spend a lot of time in my office, but do not heat it too much, would that help me lose weight? I don't mean to reduce it to a point where it's unhealthy, just to drop it slightly below the ...
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Is Zumba more effective than dance class for weight loss?

I've been hearing a lot about Zumba lately and I've been doing a little bit of research on it. From my understanding, many forms of dance can cause weight loss. I'm trying to find out if it is more ...
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Will taking the stairs daily improve fitness for an obese adult

I'm an obese adult, weighing 316lbs. I have started to try and lose some weight and would like to do something about my fitness levels. I have begun to take the stairs (5 flights) and when I get ...