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Vibrating belts are worthless. A crock. A sham. A hoax. A useless, insulting, silly doohickey that should be shunned by all right-thinking people. It's proper use is to be smashed underfoot or with a sturdy implement such as an ax or crowbar. Destroy it. Instead, look into proper diet (such as Primal or Paleo eating) and exercise (such as barbells, ...


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Simply put; no. Diet is 80% of the battle when it comes to weight loss. Focus on this before any other area. Also, you cannot 'spot-reduce' fat. Push-ups are a useful exercise but they should not be your only exercise. Too many push-ups (and little else) will lead to posture issues. Consider adding squats, pull-ups, planks etc - these are compound ...


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There are plenty of possible reasons, here are my two best guesses: No. 1 is an anterior pelvic tilt. Modern lifestyles with lots of sitting and shoes with heels lead to tight hip flexors, which lead to a tilted pelvis, a hollow back and a protruding belly. Fixing this requires attack from multiple angles, there are many muscles involved here, not just ...


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Simply: No they're not With ab exercises you train your muscles, the body takes it's energy from every source it got, no matter where it's needed. So you can't specifically burn fat at a particular bodypart. But as you want to reduce your belly fat, why not also define some nice muscles beneath it... It's absolutely true that you cannot burn fat at a ...


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Wrapping your body in plastic sounds very dangerous. Please see this article from livestrong.com that details why you should never do this. Dangers of Excessive Sweating - Sweating too much can lead to dehydration Dangers Of Products Involved - Cling wrap used for wrapping the stomach is made from Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which has been described as one ...


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I would not recommend using plastic foil or any similar type wrap in an attempt to lose fat. It will help burn more calories (not sure how many more) due to additional heat/intensity, but the results people claim to see are all water/liquid reduction and not fat. You're basically short circuiting the body's attempt to cool down by trapping the heat in - ...


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Yes, combining strength workouts with non-strength workouts will reduce the effectiveness of the strength workouts. Of course, that should be acceptable if your goal is broader than pure strength. Per Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training, page 174: Combining strength exercises and endurance exercises in one workout reduces strength gain without ...


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Any conversation that doesn't directly address the overarching signifigance of your diet and nutrition would be incorrect. It is far easier to not eat 200 calories than it is to burn them off. As an example, a 6 minute mile will burn (for a 180lb person) roughly 190 calories: that's a tremendous amount of work for relatively a relatively small caloric drain. ...


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Any time you exercise to the point of increasing your daily caloric burn higher than your caloric intake, you will burn fat. The body alone will decide where to take that fat from. Adding to or toning muscle in an area is not equivalent to losing fat in that same area.


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As an absolute beginner, I highly recommend reading Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength book. It outlines 5 basic lifts that will exercise just about every muscle in your body. Those exercises will make you very strong. The book itself breaks down the lift step by step, and also provides some troubleshooting to help you get it right. I've written an intro ...


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First, I would have a physical to make sure you are healthy enough to start an exercise program. The one statement in your question that concerns me is the "get extreme in a few weeks". Being fit is not a short, one shot deal that you can accomplish in a couple of months and boom, everything is grand. It's a long (hopefully lifelong) process that builds ...


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Spot reduction (i.e., fat loss targeted to a particular of the body) is a myth. The areas from which fat is removed through metabolism are almost exclusively a function of genetics and hormones, and the particular exercise regimen that you employ cannot significantly alter your body's distribution of adipose tissue. Just continue to exercise and maintain a ...


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Some advice: You can do a lot with your dumbbells and zbar, but by far not everything. Some muscle groups will be difficult to work on with only that equipment, which is why most people join a gym. This has nothing to do with beginner vs. advanced; even as a beginner you'll want to work out all major muscles, not just some of them. I strongly recommend ...


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I've heard/read here and elsewhere that I shouldn't be doing cardio if my ultimate goal is to gain weight. Some limited cardio can be good while weight training. Cardio helps with increasing O2 circulation, strengthens your heart, and increases endurance. However, what cardio doesn't do much of is put stress on your muscles to initiate growth. Running ...


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The question you should ask yourself is not 'how?' but 'why?' The 'science of eating so much', as you put it, is non-existing. Whatever you put into your body will be digested and used as your body sees fit. Everything your body can't use right away, will be 'queued' and used later on. So it doesn't matter if you eat 8 fistfuls of food each day or if you ...


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In case you are actually really slim, then your condition can also be caused by weak connective tissue or by some kind of food intolerance. The former can be caused by hormones, malnutrition or just simple biological predisposition. You can alleviate it by doing core exercises (both front and back!) but be careful to not create too much abdominal pressure, ...


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IMO you should always eat after exercise to replenish glycogen and protein. Waiting (or not) will not be the gating factor in determining if you lose belly fat. Losing fat is (largely) a matter of math: expend more calories than you consume. Differences caused by specific post-working meal timing will be trivial compared to overall, long-term habits.


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First, a word of advice. Losing weight is not something you do for a while and then stop without reverting back to your once chubby self. I hate when people say they're "going on a diet" because this implies that they will eventually "go off" the diet. Losing weight, staying fit, and keeping healthy is not a temporary thing you can do and have it stick, it's ...


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Reiterating: Your body alone determines where fat is taken from or added. You cannot "target" an area for fat loss or gain. In 10 days, 10 push-ups a day will gain you 100 push-ups worth of tricep and pectoral strength, but will have no bearing on where your body decides to take fat from. I've seen extremely obese people lose weight only on one leg for a ...


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It seems like you have already been doing most of the high intensity interval training with BJJ and Muay Thai, and that is one great way to get rid of your belly fat. However, here are some rules to remember when it comes to losing belly fat and gaining muscle mass at the same time: Watch your diet closely - make sure to cut out as much sugary foods as ...


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There really isn't a way to loose fat in a specific area - despite what commercials want to sell you. Unlike making muscles larger, where you can focus on specific areas, fat is determined by genetics. The only way to remove fat from the area mentioned would be liposuction. That is, you can decrease the fat percentage in your body until this goes away. ...


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First thing to understand is that there's a lot of ways to losing weight and a lot of people here (or anywhere) will make many different recommendations, so here's mine: Find something that will keep you motivated for a LONG LONG TIME - without that, you're very likely to slip back. Motivation could come from a fitness goal like the one you set, a sport ...


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It won't directly, but it can indirectly. You have to have a decent calorie surplus to grow muscle - otherwise your body can't build on what you've done in the gym, and you won't grow any muscles. Running alongside your workout can burn the extra calories that you were going to use to build muscle. This is probably what your friends are referring to. ...


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Losing fat and maintaining weight implies building muscle. Building muscle and losing fat at the same time is difficult, although there is the phenomenon that sometimes works for novices. The only thing you can do is keep on overloading your muscles in order to signal your body not to use muscle protein as an energy source eat enough protein For advanced ...


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The stroke that will burn the most fat in general is the stroke that allows you to get the most vigorous workout. Look up some of these questions and answers to get a better understanding of how to implement your swimming program to meet your goals: Regarding why to use different strokes: Swimming for muscle building and fat burn Regarding swimming and ...


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Assuming that your test is in the fairly near future, you aren't going to be able to do much for your body fat percentage (i.e. the skin-fold test) or your general strength and conditioning. However, the body responds to very specific training. By far the best bang-for-the buck would be to simply practice stages 2-5 as closely to the testing conditions as ...


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You cannot spot reduce fat in a particular area. If you do a great deal of abdominal exercise you will end up with great abs, still hidden under your fat. The way to great visible abs is to reduce overall fat and the way to do that is to eat less calories than you expend. As 'they' say "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym"


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First off, rid yourself of the "I could eat anything in any amount" mindset. You couldn't, and here's why; In order to gain weight, it's a simple case of eating more calories than you spend. A lot of people say "oh, I can eat 4 helpings of taco, and I won't gain any weight". Well, for the trained eye, this resolves into "he ate a lot there and then, but ...



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