Questions tagged [body-fat]

Healthy body composition depends on the percentage of body-fat compared to lean mass. Questions are about how to calculate body-fat percentage, healthy body-fat ranges and body fat distribution.

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Is spot accumulation of body fat a myth?

It has been widely stated that spot reduction is a myth. I came across the reverse effect proposed here (starting at 3:43), where a bodybuilder states that, if You train a specific muscle, the body ...
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How to lose weight?

Its been 4 years that i want to lose 6 10 kg... my height is 182 cm and my weight is 82 kg. I want, to start with, loose 5 kg... but i'm patient, i wait and years after years i lost 0. It seems to be ...
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Should I cut/bulk or do body recomp?

I'm 24 years old and I weigh 215 lbs, and I'm 6,2. I think I have a skinny fat body with a lot of belly fat and 41 41-inch waist size. I have been trying to build muscles while losing fat but I'm ...
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Are smart scales consistent in their mistakes?

I'm looking to improve my body composition. Smart scales might help with that since they claim to measure body-fat percentage and more, but I've read several articles claiming that smart scales aren't ...
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Help with planning cut while incorporating bodybuilding and muay thai

I'm eager to get rid of belly fat and love handles while building lean muscle. While I plan to maintain a calorie deficit, I'm curious about the role of cardio. Is it necessary for achieving these ...
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Fitness trainer put me on a muscle building program even though I have a 38 inch waist line

I am a 5'6" 31M and I weigh 165 lbs. My fitness trainer put me on a muscle building program even though I have 38 inch waist line. The Evolt machine said I have 30% body fat and I read that for ...
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Do I eat at maintenance or deficit to achieve my target physique?

I am a 5'6" tall 31M. I weigh approximately 165 lbs. My waist size is 38 inches. According to the Evolt app, my lean muscle mass is 115 lbs and my fat mass is 50 lbs. So appearance wise, I have ...
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Should fat be prioritized over carbs for body recomposition?

Healthy no allergies Male 30 y.o. Trying to recomposition. Lose fat and gain muscle. Current body fat 18%, goal is 13%. Protein intake is stable and maxed out as (1g/1lbs). Option: Protein 30%. ...
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Is it ok to go below basal metabolic rate to lose weight?

I’m really confused. Test case: a 35 y.o. Male 5’10. Healthy. 180 lbs. 26% body fat. Ideal weight should be 160 lbs based on online TDEE calculator. Downloaded this app called “Lose It”. It tells me ...
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How to reduce body fat if we increase the caloric intake

So I'm a 24 M working IT I weigh at 66 Kg , my maintenance calories are 2500 but the thing is before I thought of starting to workout I used to consume around 1200 calories in a day and I didn't used ...
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How do I know if I’m losing fat or muscle mass?

If I work out and do treadmill to become fitter with the goal of losing weight, how do I know if I’m losing muscle mass or fat if I’m losing weight? Thanks.
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Why measure body fat as a percentage and not in kg?

When we measure body fat we usually measure a percentage of fat of the total bodyweight but to me this doesn't seem right and here's why. Say my total bodyweight is 80kg and I measure my body fat ...
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What does FMMI calculator mean with: FMMI athletic, body percentage overweight? [closed]

I've just used a FMMI calculator (https://www.bodybuildingmealplan.com/ffmi-calculator/) which concludes the following: Your Fat Free Mass Index is "Athletic" Your Body Fat Percentage is &...
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Fat Oxidation in relation to MaxHR and V2OMax? Glucose to brain when over range?

It's my understanding that maximum body fat oxidation occurs between 47-75% of V2OMax and 70-80% of Max Heart Rate. I did a test of this theory on the treadmill, using it's metrics, and found that I ...
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Lost a lot of weight ( around 13-15 Kg ) but cannot see any visible difference in my body shape. What's wrong?

Background & History I used to be a fit guy during my childhood till age 11-12 but after that I started gaining weight so much so that about 3 months ago I was 174.5 cm, around 83 Kg (age 18) my ...
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Can you estimate body fat percentage based on a person's physical characteristics?

Is it possible to "roughly estimate" a person's body fat percentage if you know their physical characteristics, such as their age, height, weight, body measurements and biological sex? And ...
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Can you have too little body fat?

Is there a bottom limit to an optimal body fat range that it would be considered unhealthy to be below? In other words, can you have too little body fat in modern (1st world) living conditions when it ...
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A lightweight program to stay fit in a small space and time

I am 1.72cm and 70 kg. I have limited space in my house, and don't really have time to get out of it to places for exercise. I have very small motivation to put my time into exercising in a day, one ...
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When I burn off a very large number of calories, where does the weight go?

Let's say I ride my bike for 20 hours non-stop with no (significant) breaks, burning 650 kcal/hour. My basal metabolic rate is perhaps 3,000 kcal/day, making a total of 16,000 kcal expended over the ...
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How to lose fat but not muscle? [duplicate]

I am 6' 2", 210LBs, have cut my rice and bread intake in a half(and also removed all unnecessary calories I would eat before). I also take 50-75 grams of ON 100% golden whey protein per day and ...
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Are there health risks associated with dropping to very low fat levels? [closed]

Even lurking just a bit on fitness communities shows that people often talk about single digit body fat levels. Intuitively, this does not seem to be a 'normal' state of the body. People with such low ...
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Why do athletes often strive to achieve very low body fat levels?

Even lurking just a bit on fitness communities shows that people often talk about single digit body fat levels. Why is this wanted? Provided that one is not overweight, what benefits (except for ...
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Would the caloric deficit work? [duplicate]

I've been wondering if someone stores fat more in his legs, and has a skinny upper body, what should he do to lose this fat? should he try a caloric deficit? but since I heard that when you lose fat ...
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Will riding a bike for 2 hours in 30 minute increments, burn roughly the same number of calories as riding 2 hours straight?

This question assumes most other variables are constant. Assume that a bicycle rider rides ("exercise time") the exact same distance over the exact same course for a 2 hour duration. During ...
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Can fasted hiking cause muscle loss?

I'm a long distance hiker and a beginner runner. I crave spending time in the mountains, hiking, occasionally running on the flat and downhill sections of the trail and have even signed up for a ...
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Is there fat that once gained is permanently there (for example: chin)? [closed]

I gained lot of weight in less than 6 months (about 10kg) because I started taking medicine which as a side effect had higher desire to eat. Now I am losing some weight and am getting closer to ...
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Will stomach fat help to create faster muscle growth on biceps/chest than eating right

If we have fat in our body, our system burns that fat and creates muscle. It eats from the body fat we have. In old days (8 years ago), I was very skinny, with very little muscle. Now, I have a little ...
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Understanding the scale of measurement of visceral fat (1 - 59)

I see that many-body composition measurement devices give visceral fat result as an integer between 1 and 59. These are results I got from a body composition analysis. Weight: 87.7 kg Body fat: 19.9 ...
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What is my approximate body fat percentage and at what speed should I cut? (with pics)

Here are my recent pics: https://i.stack.imgur.com/0D0PV.jpg I used an online calculator and it said that I have ~21% body fat. Does that sound okay? Or do I have more? Also, I have cut from 89Kg (...
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What are risks of bodybuilding? [closed]

Are there any risks of bodybuilding? Every exercise has it's features, and bodybuilding has it's too. What are risks that these features could possibly cause? Or risks from other than these features? ...
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Does having muscular areas deter fat buildup in those areas?

My question is mostly stated in the title. Let's say you have particularly muscular abs or arms. Does that mean when fat starts building up, it will not build up in those areas? Much thanks
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Does protein intake make you fat, especially after stop hitting a gym?

These are just anecdotes: My friend's brother stopped going to the gym, and his body went fatter than before. He claimed that it's because the protein shakes. Another friend of mine has a housemate ...
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How to calculate muscle loss during weight loss from body fat over time?

I want to calculate muscle loss during losing weight from body fat recorded over time. Let, during time t1, the recorded weight and body fat percentage are w1 and f1 consecutively, and during time t1,...
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How do the effects of a caloric surplus vary depending on macros?

I would like to better understand how a caloric surplus affects the body composition, mainly fat storage, based on the main macro that generates it. From what I know,a caloric surplus is needed in ...
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Body fat % difference between man and woman setting

I have started my fitness journey a month ago, by not drinking sodas any more and after that I have started to add more exercises to my life and a bit healthier diet. I have started to lose some ...
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Is it possible to gain weight while exercising?

I'm 17, about 5'3 and around 60kg (although I haven't touched a scale since a surgery when I was 15). I look quite skinny, especially as a lot of the fat seems to be concentrated in my thighs. I used ...
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Need suggestion on crucial weight loss

I was 108 kgs, I lost nearly 28 kgs of it in 5-6 months with a lot of learning and errors, got to 80 kgs, I lost it with dieting, and walking and a lot of it. I use to walk 14-18 km every day, had ...
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Is it possible to monitor the actual change of body fats from the apparent readings taken in the morning using BIA?

My weight scale (Tanita UM-070) provides body fat and total water level monitoring feature using Bioelectrical impedance analysis. As body Fat Percentage fluctuates in at the different times of the ...
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How to calculate fat percentage in daily calorie intake from goal body fat percentage?

I was wondering how could one calculate the proportion of fat in daily calorie intake to achieve particular Body Fat Percentage and BMI goals. Let's take my own example, here are some details: Age / ...
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What should I do this quarantine? [closed]

I am 18 years old and trying to reduce my body fat percentage. Unfortunately, while this quarantine has finally given me the chance to, it has also taken out my best means. I used to jog, and often ...
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Skinny fat - does cardio only burn fat up to a point?

My paradigm: weight training and cardio. Each work toward their own ends—that is, building muscle and burning fat, respectively. But if this is the case, why are people who are considered "skinny fat"...
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Does losing 6kg weight and 2.5kg body fat mean you've lost 3.5kg of muscle?

I've recently dropped from 85kg 16.5% body fat to 79kg and 14.5% body fat. Does that mean that I had: 14kg of body fat (16.5% of 85) And now I have: 11.5kg of body fat (14.5% of 79) Meaning that ...
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When you lose weight, what exactly do you lose?

I'm a bit overweight. I acquired some home body impedance scales (not entirely sure how accurate these are) and the app has ranges on it for normal, overweight, etc. Specifically, currently I am 107....
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What's up with my body?

The attached profile images are views of my body from a few angles. I've been living with this body for a while, but it wasn't until a couple of months ago I really started to question myself. "Why is ...
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Calorie timing with workouts

When it comes to gaining, I usually go for a 3500 calorie a day diet, work out four times a week and end up gaining weight as both muscle and fat. I’m working on a plan to calculate my macros more ...
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Is spot reduction necessarily a myth?

I have always known this to be a fact that spot reduction is a myth, but this article tends to claim otherwise. Here is a point, I'd like to highlight from the article: Theoretically, we have a ...
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Is weightlifting without cardio sufficient for for cutting body fat down to 10% or lower

I am currently cutting body fat. I am on a calorie deficit cutting my carbs down to .75 to 1 gram per lb of my bodyweight. I am taking 200 g of protein (I am 200 pounds). I have a baby at the house so ...
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If one is in caloric deficit to lose fat, how will this affect one's muscle building?

I understand to build muscle you need to be in caloric surplus or at least maintenance level, so I'm wondering - assuming I'm getting 1g of protein per lb of body weight - will muscle just build a lot ...
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When trying to lose body fat, is being in caloric deficit more important than % of calories from fat?

I have seen two pieces of advice on losing body fat, one to consistently consume 500 calories below your maintenance threshold (which I read on a post here), the other that no more than 20% of total ...
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Does the source of excess calories affect the nutritional quality of the body's fat stores? [closed]

I've just eaten 3500 calories over maintenance (and for simplicity's sake, I don't excersice so none of this will go to muscle mass). Now I will gain one pound of fat. But let's consider two different ...
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