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Swimming for Fat burn

How good is swimming for burning fat? There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the matter (not backed up with fact). A few places seem to say its the best exercise because its a whole body ...
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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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To lose a lot of fat mass, should I lift weights, do cardio, or both?

I'm 6'0 and 272 lbs. I'm 43 and have always been a big guy i.e in 1st grade I was over 100 lbs. already. According to my fancy scale, it says I have 30% body fat so my goal is to lose 80lbs starting ...
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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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Are squats a bad idea if you are overweight?

I wish to lose weight, and was thinking about doing squats to lose weight because they exercise most of the body. My brother, however, tells me that you shouldn't do squats if you are severely ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Lose weight: run small everyday or long once in a week?

In order to improve my endurance and lose some weight efficiently while avoiding injury, is it better to run for a short time (20-30 min) everyday, hence not much time between runs, or longer (1 hour ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can adding a weight vest improve fat loss?

It's that time of year again when I am slimming down (reduce body fat %) to show off my hard work. I'm looking for an effective way to increase my calorie burning during a routine. I picked up a 40lbs ...
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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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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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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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How to reduce fatigue at the gym

I used to go to the gym 2-3 years ago. But now I rarely go, because after a break I can't really do any cardio: after 7-15 minutes at a treadmill I get really tired. I usually go 10-14kmph and going ...
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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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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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Is it possible to lose weight on some special parts of body?

I'm 165 cm tall, weigh 56 kg. I'm the ideal weight for my height now, but don't like my body and how it looks like! I'd love to be skinny but I don't know how. Fat tummy, belly, leg .. I am, as ...
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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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Best primitive several-minute daily routine for time-restricted people?

I do every day 10 push-ups, and with that ends my daily routing. I also do a massive 2 hours walk that includes climbing and walking for a long distance. I would like to improve my daily routine, ...
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Minimum exercise to maintain muscles?

After a year of strength training and cardios, I'm fit and well built. Starting next year I'll be very busy due to work and family and I won't have time to properly exercise. But I don't want to lsoe ...
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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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How to prevent loose skin when losing lots of weight

I am a very overweight man at 385 lbs (175 kg). I've been this weight for over a decade. I've started a new eating & exercise program in order to lose 185 lbs. One thing that worries me is ...
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How long until a new workout/diet is assessed?

How long is a reasonable amount of time to assess whether or not a new workout and/or diet regimen is working? I've heard many people complain about not losing weight after a week but I've also ...
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How much harder is it to burn calories in hot weather?

I make walks to try to keep a little fit and to burn calories/fat. At a temperature of about 16°C I can walk 10K in just above 2 hrs with almost no rest and not being excessively tired afterwards. I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...