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Long term effects of various constipation treatments? [closed]

Okay, so I think constipation might be relevant in this site because it's sort of related to nutrition, but.. One of the treatments to get rid of constipation is by using laxatives. However, I've ...
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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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Is Paleo A good marathon training diet?

I've been doing strength and conditioning training for the last 4 months whilst adopting the Paleo diet from the outset, this has yielded positive results and I'm very happy with how things have gone. ...
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Increase Anaerobic Energy Levels

I am trying to increase the amount of sprinting and cutting that I can do consecutively without getting burned out. I recently started a tough workout program/plan that has me doing jumps and lunges ...
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Does muscle really “turn into” fat?

You often hear people say "My muscle turned into fat" to explain why they used to be strong and in shape but now they are on the somewhat rotund side. My question is how does that transition actually ...
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Why is my outer hip tight when doing some inner thigh stretches?

Bound angle pose (pictured below) is supposed to stretch the inner thigh muscles and groin, but I can't even get to the point of feeling anything in in those areas because something in my outer hips ...
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How to sculpt masculine VS feminine chest?

How should men and women differ their chest workout to attain a chest suitable for their gender? Here are the qualities that I believe are masculine and feminine. Your thoughts may differ, but I'd ...
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What is the best set of dumbbell exercises for a complete upper arm workout?

I'd like to find a good set of dumbbell exercises for a "complete" upper arm workout - working out the biceps, triceps, and brachialis* muscles fairly evenly. What combination of curls or other ...
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How and when to consume a protein shake properly?

I was just reading this question about drinking water during/after meals. And one of the answerers, Greg, made a comment that drinking enough water can cause the plug at the bottom of the stomach to ...
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Easing the soreness from new exercises

I'm sure we're all familiar with the soreness that comes from a new form of exercise that impacts muscles that haven't been overly stressed (or at least not for a long time). For example, I recently ...
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Overstretching to increase flexibility

I attend regular martial arts classes (about 3-4 a week). We spend a lot of time stretching, particularly the hip area and the legs, to increase flexibility. Often after some classes where we do a ...
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Personal training and fitness websites [closed]

What are the best personal training websites? I am looking for site that will provide me with all of the information I would get from working with a personal trainer, such as exercise programs, ...
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Strengthening and healing the psoas (leg-lifting) muscle

A few months ago I hurt my psoas muscle and a couple of ligaments around it. I've been off of it since then and it's been healing and I'd like to get back into the things that I had to quit. I'd ...
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I missed a Starting Strength workout and squats are getting intense - should I change my schedule?

As recommended by SS (Starting Strength) I am running workouts A and B, alternating every other day. However, with only a two day break in between squats I feel like I haven't fully recovered most of ...
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Aerobic VS Aerobic + Weight lifting

I've been doing lots of aerobic exercise to lose weight: almost 2 hours of vigorous boxing three times a week. I now want to dedicate more time to my regimen: should I complement that exercise with ...
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Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running

I've primarily been a long distance runner, but I have recently started incorporating swimming and upper body exercises into my weekly exercise program. My latest addition is compound exercises like ...
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neck pain vs. head orientation

I'm wondering if looking slightly down and to the left puts more strain on the left or right side of my neck. For a little background, I use two enormous monitors and I think I use the on on the left ...
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Pain in the top of my foot

I'm having some minor (uncomfortable) pain in the outside top of my right foot (think around the inferior peroneal retinaculum or the inferior extensor retinaculum near the external malleolus). It ...
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5000mg Taurine bad?

I just got my new Whey/Caseine/Egg protein supplement which also contains 5000 mg Taurine per 100gram. I am planning to take this supplement on a daily basis (as breakfast with some milk and cereals) ...
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Pre-spinning suggestions

I have recently started Spinning on a regular basis (once a week). However I seem to become very dehydrated afterwards and this causes me to have a very bad headache for most of the day. I've tried ...
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Best way of doing a Negative Split

Last weekend, I ran a 13K competition and repeated an old mistake, starting out too fast and getting hit with the hammer after 5km, making the last 8km very slow and painful. At the time, I felt like ...
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How many carbs before a run?

What's the best form to get carbohydrates in prior to running, and how much should one take in, and how long before the workout? I know I had an easier time running when I had some breaded and fried ...
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Carbohydrates prior to running

I know that a lot of runners stock up on carbs before a run. What is the benefit of this? I've heard some people say that you'll "hit a wall" if you don't take in some carbs before running. I'm ...
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Need to gain strength to gain muscle?

I've been strength training 4 days a week for about 8 months. My goal is to increase mass. The usual recommendation for this is to do three sets of 8-12 repetitions for most exercises, and that's what ...
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Gaining weight - carbohydrate and proteins?

I would like to gain some more weight before the summer. How would I achieve that the most effectively? My current diet is something along the lines of: 7:00 AM Yoghurt and muesli Banana Protein ...
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Can I run barefeet on asphalt?

Can I run barefoot on asphalt concrete to the nearest park (1km) without damaging my feet? I'd do this every other day. I've been running 2-5km three times a week for a year running barefeet, except ...
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Using a rowing machine for abdominal muscles

I was used to doing running and cycling but now I want to work more on my abdominal muscles. I had read from some sources that a rowing machine is good for that. From other sources I have read ...
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Is there any benefit to using a recumbent over a stationary bike or vice versa?

Using the recumbent bike is a lot more comfortable but it also feels a lot more "lazy".
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How do I know what a good resting heart rate is?

I know that resting heart rate is talked about as an important indicator of your fitness level. But, how do I know what a good resting heart rate is for me? Is RHR consistent enough across similar ...
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How can I improve my vertical?

I have been playing basketball a lot lately and I'd like to improve my vertical. Currently it's not terribly bad, but I'm guessing below the average competitive basketball player (somewhere around ...
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Is it necessary to eat fewer carbs in order to lose weight?

I'm using DailyBurn.com as my guide/tracking system for losing weight and I always seem to hit my recommended carb limit for the day really easily. I really like eating rice, pasta and bread. To put ...
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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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When will muscle be cannibalized?

Can you tell me what are all the cases when muscle would be cannibalized? I've heard the two following cases will cannibalize muscle, but I still don't quite understand. Aerobic Exercise Arnold ...
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What's at your Home Gym? [closed]

If your focus is on strength training and your only means was working out at home (Home Gym), what equipment would you purchase, at what cost and how would it provide assistance for a complete ...
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How can I train to run a sub-45 minute 10k?

I have joined a charity race in 1 and a half month's time. (I have 7 weeks before the race) My PB for 10k is 48:45. I have been running on and off since then but I can still run a 26 min 5k if I ...
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What is the best way to cool down after a workout?

It takes me 10-15 minutes to cool down - body temp wise - after a work out, this is after a 'cool down' in the gym and a cold'ish shower. It becomes an issue when I workout at lunch time. Does ...
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How do I determine what a paleo diet is?

Prior to the invention of agriculture, humans lived in numerous climates, ecosystems and environments. So, exactly what is a "paleo" diet? For example, at some point in time before the origin of ...
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Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?

I have read a lot of stuff that says the brain is one of the parts of the body that consume the most oxygen. Is this true? Does that mean when you're thinking hard, you're actually burning a lot of ...
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How to lose fat only in your thigh?

Let's say I am a pretty skinny guy with a fat thigh. Is it possible to lose fat exclusively in some part of the body? For example, is it possible to lose thigh fat while not losing any weight in my ...
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biceps gaining slower than the rest

I've been going to the gym since august 2010 now after a long break ( 2 years ), and I am changing my workout programmes regularly to not have any plateauing or adaptation. I must say that I do not ...
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Am I missing exercises for a balanced total body workout in a 3 day split?

I'm working on a 3-day split routine, about 5(+1 support) exercises per day. It's the first time I'm putting something together for myself, so I was hoping you'd be able to put in some comments. I ...
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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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556 views

Vitamin B toxicity? [closed]

I understand the B Vitamins are water-soluble, so it is more difficult to take too much -- you flush them out of your system (as opposed to fat-soluble vitamins, which can stay with you for a long ...
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Taking multivitamin tablets without workout , will it cause any problems ?

I was doing workout last year and was regularly taking multivitamins and whey protein. But now, I am resting after a bone fracture, So I am no regular to Gym. I am not taking meat and heavy foods now ...
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Isolating the lower and upper pecs?

For the past six months I have been working on my pecs using seated cable fly and machine fly. With the seated cable fly I push downward slightly on the cables to isolate the pecs from the delts. So ...
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What's the difference between calories and kcal

What are the differences between Calories, calories, and kcals? Why do we have different terms to describe the same concept? In what cases is it useful to use one unit of measurement over the other? ...
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What is a good way to estimate percentage of body fat?

I've seen various techniques for this, I have hear everything from pinching yourself, to simply comparing yourself to photos of other people with varying degrees of body fat. Does anyone have any ...
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Should I eat more calories when working out even though I'm trying to lose weight?

For example, if I use one of these calculators that tells me how many calories to eat, if I put in that I am sedentary it tells me to eat (for example) 2000 calories. If I put in that I'm moderately ...
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725 views

What causes side stitches?

From time to time during aerobic workouts such as running or heavy cycling, I get side stitches that force me to slow down my effort. What causes side stitches? I know that reducing your effort ...
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Quinoa: red or white, which is healthier? [closed]

What is the healthier quinoa (assuming they are different)? What are the various health benefits of each?

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