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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How to lose manboobs?

Well this one is embarrassing as hell to ask, but its a real issue for me. I do dips often, as people say that's good, but different people say different things - that bench press will make them more ...
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How can I calculate my body fat percentage?

What methods can I use to calculate my body fat percentage?
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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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Am I gaining fat or muscle - how can I tell?

I've been attempting to do a high-protein calorie-restricted diet, while working out with the Stronglifts 5x5 program since early February. My follow-through for the Stronglifts part has been "decent"....
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Recomposition vs weight loss

I understand recomposition to be about trading away fat for new muscle. How is it different than weight loss as a goal? Would it ever be recommended to focus on purely weight loss first, and then ...
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How accurate is the Navy Body Fat Calculator?

I've been using the Navy Body Fat Calculation method for about two months in conjunction with an exercise regimen. It's done it's job as far as telling me that I'm loosing body fat and gaining lean ...
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Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...
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Naturally increasing my Metabolism

I see all kinds of commercials on the TV about how to lose X amount of weight in Y amount of time, and how this old guy looks surprisingly like this younger guy, even though he's not supposed to. My ...
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Is it normal to have a belly when I relax?

This is what I look like if I flex: But if I relax, my belly actually sticks out quite a bit: Is this normal? Should I try to lose some fat? EDIT: admittedly in the second picture I was purposely ...
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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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Are there any advantages of being an ectomorph?

It can be on fitness, sports or just plain daily life. Everything I hear and know about ectomorphs is: They struggle to gain weight (be it fat or muscle) and they tend to lose the gains easily. They ...
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Is body fat monitor worth buying?

I would prefer to measure my body fat, rather than weigh myself. Is monitor like this: worth its money or should I look for something else?
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How much does body fat affect body temperature?

I'm currently about 30 lbs overweight. I'm also generally much warmer than many others around me, and am constantly seeking ways to cool off. I'm already working on slimming down, but I'm wondering - ...
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Is there any way I can convince companies I'm in great shape, despite my BMI results?

I'm currently 5'9", 262.8 at last weight in (about 10 days ago). I'm still cutting, by no means am I 'obese', although that's what my BMI says. I have plenty muscle mass, but to be honest I could ...
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How celebrities can shed/gain so much of fat in such short time and abstinence?

Christian Bale for the "The Machinist" and Hugh Jackman for "The Wolverine". These two celebrities went too far to reach perfection in their role. Has anyone this community happened to be with these ...
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Is it possible to lose weight on some special parts of body?

I'm 165 cm tall and I weigh 56 kg. I'm the ideal weight for my height now, but don't like my body and what it looks like! I'd love to be skinny but I don't know how. Fat tummy, belly, leg .. I am, ...
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What's the best way to begin cutting down to lower (and even single) body fat percentages for an active, healthy father with a standard work schedule?

I'm a long-time reader, first-time poster. Some brief background info: I'm between 5'11 and 6' tall. I used to be a long distance runner in my 20s. I ran half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, regularly for ...
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What doctor/specialist can assess fat and body composition?

Question: what kind of doctor should I see to assess whether or not my body fat can be reduced through further diet and exercise? Background: I've been an avid CrossFitter for over 2 years. I work ...
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Why does the body burn muscles instead of fat in a calorie deficit body?

Assumption There have been many articles and answers (even on this site) that exercising while on a calorie-deficit diet (or weightlifting/exercising for more than an hour) will not result in bigger ...
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Does possession of a certain quantity of bodyfat effect the body’s capacity to build muscle?

Does possession of a certain quantity of bodyfat effect the body’s capacity to build muscle? Or is it an irrelevant factor? In order to build muscle, which adds weight to the body, a caloric surplus ...
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What is the difference between swimming and running?

I'm 25 years old. For the past years, I've been running every day. I dont like running. I like swimming. Which one is good for maintaining your body and reducing your belly? What is the main ...
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As a hardgainer, how do I get the right balance of calories to add size without adding fat?

I am a prototypical hardgainer, 23 years old and never weighed over 10 stone until recently when I started lifting weights again (lifted in the past and never saw any noticeable gains). I read in an ...
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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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Most accurate home body fat test?

My girlfriend was looking at getting some body fat scales, but I told her these are inaccurate. What is the best way to measure body fat at home? By best I'm looking for a trade off between ...
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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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How much time does it take to reduce belly fat?

I read lot of questions on reducing belly fat in this forum. I am also suffering from large fat around my abdomen. i have started exercise (weight training + cardio) and leading with healthy food ...
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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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Photos for observing Progress and changes

I am looking for procedures/experiences regarding using a camera to keep track of improvements/changes over time. This can be fat/muscle, posture, general appearance. (Pilates, for example is ...
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Getting fatter with weight training

I am a 32 year old female who started weight training about 1 month ago after doing lots of cardio work. I really enjoy it and am building the weight slowly each week. I am also trying to move to a ...
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How to reduce muscle mass in lower body?

My legs are disproportionately large, and this has been the case since my childhood due to genetics. This is what is known as the t-rex (opposite of chicken legs). Is there a way I can keep training, ...
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Should a recreational fitness user with moderate goals go through bulk/cut phases?

I'm a recreational fitness user. I'm 27, 5'11" tall and weigh 173 lbs. I'm probably around 15-17% body fat now. I'd like to cut it down to about 10%, although I'm a bit unsure of what that would look ...
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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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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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How to effectively determine whether I am losing muscle or not

I am currently on calories deficit and my weight is decreasing. I do some exercises 5-6 days a week (mainly pullups). I try to eat enough protein, but didn't count the exact amount. How can I make ...
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Upper and lower body proportion, gaining muscle losing fat

Let me start by saying that I am a Systems Engineer and have been working professionally for the past 10 years, in a very demanding and stress oriented environment. This has not allowed me to care ...
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Body fat still the same even though losing weight

I've been dieting and losing weight for around 3-4 months now and have been mainly doing cardio but still doing resistance as well. On average, I am losing 9lb a week however I got weighed today and ...
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Body fat loss halted. Anyone have experience getting under 8% body fat?

I have successfully reduced my body fat from 15% to 8.5%. Keep in mind these are pinch tests so the over all body fat calculated percentage might be a bit off. My abdominal skin fold measures 7.1mm. ...
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Do body fat scales get more accurate with price, and if so, how exactly?

I'm currently considering getting a body fat scale that uses electrical impedance for my home. I understand about how body fat scales are a better measure of progress between measurements than ...
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Does sitting for longer hours really have an effect on the body?

After going through this link I am confused about whether to believe what the link claims. If it's true then most of us are affected already because most of us are doing desk jobs from 9-5 or simply ...
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Is there a correlation between a heart risks and high BMI for someone with a low body fat percentage?

While Body-Mass Index isn't the worlds most accurate indicator, it does correlate quite nicely with body fat, as the graph below shows. One of the uses of BMI in this case, is that a high BMI is ...
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What is the benefit of eating excess calories when strength training?

Is there a benefit to eating excess calories while strength training? Programs like Starting Strength suggest that a novice should be eating many calories in excess of what is needed, and that in the ...
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How to calculate body fat using calipers?

One of the trainers in my local gym did my measurements with a fat caliper. He unfortunately has not had time to calculate the fat percentage. I have the numbers and figured might as well do it ...
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Exercises for building strong and well defined abs?

While people are very quick to jump on the adage that "abs are built in the kitchen", there are some people for whom additional help is required. Its generally acknowledged that a healthy, ...
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I exercise daily but my weight is not decreasing

I am a 25 year old female and my weight is 141 lbs (63 kg) and my height 5.3 feet (1.63 m). I want to lose 20 lbs (9 kg). My current traning and eating: I do yoga for one hour in the morning ...
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What should skinny people do to track progress?

Since skinny people, like myself, need to track their progress while building muscle mass and staying feet; what should I be looking at? Right now I'm measuring muscle, weight, and body fat but is ...
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Why bulking and cutting instead of just eating enough?

When reading about gaining muscle mass and losing fat most (almost all) sources seem to recommend an alternating sequence of bulking and then cutting. Wouldn't it be simpler and more convenient to ...
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Why does the suprailliac skinfold body fat method depend on age?

Skinfold measurement charts like the Accumeasure one shown below for suprailliac measurement have the same caliper measurement representing different body fat %s in different age groups. Maybe other ...
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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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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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How to lose fat while lifting weights and not doing any cardio?

I have found that lifting heavy helps with pain in my joints. As such I have no particular goal like muscle gain or endurance, etc. Its just that I don't go for too low reps and rapid progression so ...
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