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Jul
22
comment Why is it important to recuperate between workouts?
The importance of recovery has already been largely addressed in this question fitness.stackexchange.com/q/96/501.
Jul
21
comment Constantly feeling tired despite sufficient sleep and regular exercises.
+1 Insufficient recover (overtraining) after exercise could definitely be the cause. Be sure to check out fitness.stackexchange.com/q/96/501 for a more detailed synopsis on recovery.
Jul
21
comment Constantly feeling tired despite sufficient sleep and regular exercises.
+1 Good answer.
Jul
21
answered Theory to burn Calories with muscle
Jul
15
comment Where can I go to research the Glycemic index of specific foods
This is the first time I've seen nutritiondata.self.com referenced. What a great resource.
Jul
15
accepted Where can I go to research the Glycemic index of specific foods
Jul
15
comment What is a recovery meal, and of what should it consist?
On a side-note, the original Gatorade that became so famous was basically water with potassium, salt, lemon juice, and a little sugar added to replace electrolytes and give a little energy boost. It also supposedly tasted terrible. The stuff you see in stores is not the same formula. Store-bought Gatorade is nothing but non-carbonated soda with some potassium and sodium added. You can make your own homemade gatorade using Morton's Lite Salt (potassium chloride), sugar, lemon juice (or Kool-aid), and regular salt, just be careful about how much potassium/salt you add.
Jul
15
comment What should I eat or drink before jogging?
+1 good answer.
Jul
15
comment What is a recovery meal, and of what should it consist?
+1 good answer. I'd also put emphasis on the 'how much' of each type of nutrient. For instance, more emphasis on protein after anaerobic or weight lifting and more emphasis on carbs after long duration aerobic. Also, don't forget to replenish your electrolytes (potassium, sodium). Most sports drinks supplement these but also contain a ton of sugar (bad for weight loss). A healthy alternative would include eating a banana and food with some salt, or drinking some pickle juice. Electrolytes are the key to avoid the workout-hangover feeling the morning after a hard workout.
Jul
15
comment Recommended amount of cardio exercise
(cont) There are disadvantages to both types of workouts too. For instance, if you focus mostly on aerobic cardio, you'll find that it becomes increasingly difficult to increase intensity above your normal range. Conversely, while anaerobic cardio is also good for endurance it's not so good for long range endurance. While your cardiovascular system will become really good at recovering from high intensity exercises, you'll also increase muscle mass (which requires more energy). That means you'll run out of energy a lot faster and have to eat more often to avoid hitting an energy trough.
Jul
15
comment Recommended amount of cardio exercise
Intensity and duration depend on your goals. If you want endurance, jogging (or other aerobic exercises) for long distance/duration is what you're looking for. Basically, aerobic exercise (moderate heart rate) forces your body to adjust itself to maximize it's resources. If you want sheer power and/or ability to more quickly recover from hard short bursts then an anaerobic (which is still considered cardio) workout is what you're looking for. Ie. 'hard exercise' like sprinting, running stairs, etc but not lifting weights (that's a different class of exercise altogether).
Jul
15
comment Recommended amount of cardio exercise
+1 good answer. The word 'fitness' itself is just a simplified term for VO2 Max; which is basically your body's max threshold for oxygen utilization during strenuous effort. It's counterproductive to try do any other sort of strenuous exercise without building cardio first. It's like going to war without first establishing a supply chain.
Jul
15
comment Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)
@Berin So you're saying it's reasonable to expect that a person can maintain their BMR even on a severe calorie deficit as long as there's enough protein intake? I'm not saying I don't believe you but I'd be very interested to see a study that proves the direct protein->muscle mass->BMR relationship. The point of my comment was to prove that thermodynamics alone isn't sufficient enough to explain the relationship between exercise and weight loss. See fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/644/… for a more detailed breakdown.
Jul
6
revised Strength training after back injury
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Jul
6
comment Exercise for six pack abs
@michael Yea... I wish somebody would finally do a conclusive study on the relationship between consumption of dietary fat and body fat%. Especially since the conventional stance toward cholesterol has been dis-proved. Unfortunately, no such study exists (that I know of). I say lean protein to play it safe and because it has worked for me in the past.
Jul
6
comment Exercise for six pack abs
@michael Let me clear that up. I'm not saying all fat is bad. Fat is a great source of energy and healthy fats are good for the heart and circulatory system. I was only trying to say that lean protein works better for cutting down your fat%. Personally, I would have a nice six pack right now (without any crunches) but I recently switched to consuming more whole cottage cheese and whole milk to maintain my fat%. Why? because it's easier to build muscle when you have a little fat. I don't like the energy troughs from cutting too much.
Jul
6
comment Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)
@VPeric Not really. It isn't a motivation factor. Your metabolism (daily caloric expenditure) will actually go down. So, if you had a 2000 kcal BMR before it may drop to 1600. Basically, once you go off of the diet you'll get fat again much faster. That's why most calorie cutting diets fail miserably. The law of thermodynamics is not the only factor to dieting.
Jul
6
comment Tips to lose fat without running, jogging etc (have bad knee)
@VPeric A 1000 deficit is too much. Too much of a drop in caloric intake and you tank your metabolism into 'survival' mode. A very low metabolism will make you gain fat not lose fat.
Jul
6
comment Exercise for six pack abs
@Chris The key is finding sources of lean protein. Eggs, tuna, edamame, beans (not refried), chicken. The key I use is to look at the fat/protein ratio. You can also cut fat out of otherwise fatty foods. For instance, with beef, drain off the fat after browning hamburger and make your own beef jerky by dehydrating lean cuts. Of course, you also need to consider cutting carbs and processed food out of your diet as much as possible. A high carb diet will set you back more than anything.
Jul
6
answered Strength training after back injury