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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 does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss?

How does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss? I'm thinking about getting a single speed bike and riding to Uni which is about 10 minutes away by car. There is a nice trail ...
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How many calories to burn daily to see a change in weight within a month

My BMI is 26.8, which means that I am in the overweight category. When one hits a gym regularly every day, what is the minimum amount of calories that he should burn in order to see a change in his ...
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Wanting to lose weight cycling is this enough?

I had the opportunity to live in Antigua for 2.5 months and I got here about 2.5 weeks ago. I decided to ride my bike back and forth to work everyday to shed some pounds while I am here. I am a 5'3", ...
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Would lots of walking allow me to lean out while lifting and eating a lot?

Suppose I'm on a hypercaloric diet (i.e bulking diet), lifting weights, and I also go for a walk 3 hours a day. Walking is not an aerobic exercise, so the ratio of glycogen vs fat used as fuel is ...
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Building a first-time workout based on my lifestyle

I'm 6'2" and 270lbs. I'm not all fat, for some reason, but I've never worked out before. I've just decided that I'm going to be joining a local gym and was wondering if there was a tool online that ...
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How can I improve my training program to become leaner and increase strength?

I am 21 year old male and my overall aim is to lean up and build some more muscle/ increase strength, there fore I have adopted a higher protein intake and lowered my calorific intake, could I get ...
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Does weight come off where it went on?

Although we know we can't target where weight comes off, if someone gained 20 pounds of fat and then lost 20 pounds of fat with no muscle gain or loss, would they look the same as before? Could it go ...
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How do I lose Weight when I weigh 345lbs?

I am a mother of five children. I have always been a big girl since about the age ten. When I reached the age of 15 I managed to only be 25 lbs overweight. Once I got further along in high school, ...
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Do I need to lose more weight ? My BMI is 21.5

My age is 22 from Pakistan, my weight is 125 lbs (56.7 kg) and have a height of 5ft and 4in (1.62 m), so do I need to lose some weight? As far history I have lose about 18lbs in two months, my actual ...
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What is an ideal body fat% for young lean males?

I am 25 year old male, 67cm in height, 74kg in weight, and have approximately 8% body fat. The 8% figure comes from a 9-point caliper test, while the less accurate 4-point caliper test measures me at ...
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Optimum heart rate for fat loss

I'm trying to figure out what the optimum heart rate should be for cardio exercise to burn fat. According to this website apparently between 60% and 70% is best for fat burning. Is this true?
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Weight Training for Weight Loss

I have heard that weight training can be a good strategy for reducing body fat. If one's goal is to reduce total body fat, should one's weight training program be aimed at muscle hypertrophy or ...
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Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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Changing Starting strength to lose Fat

Is it possible to alter Starting strength to lose weight ? Basically I have three questions : In the existing program how can a person lose weight ? There are many success stories available on the ...
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Weights before or after cardio session?

I am a 21 year old male weighting 99kg. I already have my diet managed, but it is a more weight loss orientated diet currently (I understand about needing to eat more to gain muscle etc.) I am ...
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Would Tabata be any good on a stationary bike?

I cycle most evenings when I get home from work. I read about Tabata on here and wondered if it would be any good for me? Maybe cut my total time down to 30 minutes, 5 mins warm up, 2 mins Tabata, 5 ...
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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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Running after night shift?

I am working the night shift and I usually go for a run after that at about 6 'o'clock in the morning. I don't feel fresh because of the whole night stretch. But the problem is I desperately want to ...
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What foods will help reduce my weight? [closed]

I am really obese. I am 5'7" weighing around 93 kg. I should be around 65 kg ideally, i.e I am 28 kg overweight which I want to lose. I have always been fat since my childhood so losing the weight e ...
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What is considered a healthy weight loss and body fat decrease?

Is there any information on what is considered a healthy (and sustainable) weight and body fat % loss? How many pounds/bf% for each week can I compare my results against so that I know I'm making good ...
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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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How to lose weight in about 32 hours [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tricks to lose weight in 48 hours I have a photoshoot Saturday morning and I'm looking for ways to lose weight for me to be able to fit into my dress. Unfortunately, ...
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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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What is the correct diet and exercise for me given the following information?

This is about my fitness and my effort to make it right. Current Fitness: Working male 24 years with 214 pounds in US. I have a male breasts and also a big tummy. I suffered from asthma for a long ...
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Trying to lose weight, two questions

I am currently 18.6 stone. I started dieting three days ago and have massively reduced my caloric intake. For example, last night I had only 200 calories after subtracting my cardio, according to my ...
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Where (and how) can I drop weight safely?

I'm a wrestler (I know, you probably think I'm starving myself right now). Truth be told, I need to lose a couple of pounds (4 or 5) to make the weight class I want. I'm not sure how feasible this ...
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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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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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Caloric intake for fatty trying to gain muscle

OK, I'm 6 foot tall and I weigh 215 pounds. Based on my weight when I was younger (I'm in my late thirties), I'd say I'm about 25 to 30 pounds overweight (fat) now. I started lifting about three weeks ...
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Guidance on my current diet and workout routine

I'm 21 years old. My height is 6'5'' and I weigh 108kg or around 240 pounds. My build is OK apart from the stomach where the most of my body fat seems to be! I can start to feel that it's getting ...
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Calorie calculations for weight reduction

When trying to calculate how much I should eat for weight reduction what should the base calories be based on? My current weight or my goal weight? I'm 5'8" at 240lbs wanting to drop to 180lbs or ...
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Combining HIIT and weight training

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, I changed my diet to low-carb. My main objective is to lower my BF%, but i wouldnt mind ...
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Running continuously or with a break?

I want to know what would be a better way to run 5 km if you want to lose weight. Running non-stop or taking a 10 minute break every 2.5 km, so my heart rate can go back down?
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When is the best time to drink PHD Diet Whey Protien

I am looking to burn fat and gain muscle during my sports off season. I gym about 3 times a week, and take PHD diet whey. I have one in the morning and one after going to the gym in the evening. ...
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How to properly use Guideline Daily Amounts for determining my calorie consumption?

I'm 5 feet 11 and I weight 189 pounds, I'm trying to lose some weight to reach 176 pounds but I'm failing to lose weight using the Fat Secret weight diary. (I use the metric system and my weight is 86 ...
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Does afternoon napping help?

I have trouble sleeping at night and usually get 5-6 hours max. I lift 3x's a week and do cardio 2-3 times a week (including heavy bag work). Does afternoon napping help with recovery? How does it ...
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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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What is a good body muscle %?

I see references to body fat %, the ranges for great to obese, but I don't know where to find information on body muscle % or how to measure it? I'm assuming it goes up as body fat % goes down if ...
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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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What constitutes a low carb diet?

What constitutes a low carb diet? I've been trying to limit daily intake of of carbohydrates in my diet to under 100g. Would limiting it even lower improve results in terms of weight loss? Also, ...
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Treadmill workouts for weight loss

I recently spent some time googling to find treadmill workouts for specifically weight loss, but it turned out to get nothing than couple of mediocre essays. Can anyone recommend either online ...
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Is having a “normal” BMI a healthy target?

I always see BMI charts posted in various health related places, and I know life insurance companies use it for assessing risk. I've heard the normal range of the index is supposedly based on what ...
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What are the essentials to getting fit? [closed]

There are hundreds of weight loss and 'get fit' programs out there that it becomes an overwhelming and daughnting task in choosing one that is helpful. I undersand that everyone is different in the ...
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how to choose a gym membership for weight loss?

What are the factors to consider while choosing a gym membership? I want to reduce my weight by 20Kg in 3 months and so need a gym. I have never been to a gym in my life and would like to know what ...
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Is working out localized muscle going to help burn fat in that area more than building up overall muscle mass?

When different people gain weight, the fat tends to accumulate in different parts of the body based on the individual. Some people gain in their stomach, their buttocks, their thighs, etc. If I am ...
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Suggestion for obesity weight loss program

I'm a software engineer, and have to sit at my desk for long periods of time. I don't have any disease, but my weight has increased. At the age of 29, my weight is 89 kg , while my height is 167 cm. I ...
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Why is the weight not dropping off?

I set out to loose 40lbs this year. I cycle approximately 50 miles(10 miles Monday to friday) each week, and have been on a diet of less than 2000(~1700) calories each day for the most part of this ...
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What's so bad about losing more than 2lbs/wk

I keep reading that the guideline to shoot for is a max of two pounds a week for weight loss. Why? You see these folks on TV being driven to loose 10lbs a week. Is it just the fact they are so ...
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Is Acetyl L-Carnitine effective for weight loss?

How effective is Acetyle L-Carnitine for losing weight? Basically If one were to take this before an exercise routine, would they burn more fat during that routine, as opposed to not taking it?