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Calories is an energy measurement of the amount of energy obtained from food that is available through cellular respiration.

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How does exhaustion impact calorie expenditure?

While answering this question, I researched some formulas for energy expenditure when running. None of the formulas I found took into account the factor of exhaustion when calculating calories burned. ...
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Should I include refeeding after 48h fasts while in maintenance phase?

I've been training in the gym for several years and decided to go on a longer maintenance phase, as I am really happy with my current body composition. I've been in maintenance for over half a year by ...
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How does being in a calorie surplus prevent muscle breakdown?

From my knowledge, being in a calorie deficit causes more muscle breakdown because your body requires protein which it gets from the muscle. However, being in a calorie surplus regardless of how much ...
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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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Exercise bike / ergometer - calories burned, or calories produced?

Exercise bikes / ergometers normally display figures including cadence, power and calories. Cadence and power are pretty explicit, but I'm not really sure what the calories figure refers to. Is it ...
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help with planning my diet for my specific goals [duplicate]

I have a few goals right now which are... get to and maintain my bodyweight at 150 lbs. and achieve a 5-10% fat content. I'm doing this by multiplying my current weight by 15 then subtracting 20% of ...
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Help planning diet for weight loss and lowering cholesterol

help planning nutrition I have a few goals right now which are... get to and maintain my bodyweight at 150 lbs. and achieve a 5-10% fat content. I'm doing this by multiplying my current weight by 15 ...
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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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Is vigorous drumming an effective exercise?

From the "any exercise is better than no exercise" perspective, I'd imagine that playing drums at high tempo would be considered effective - it certainly can work up a sweat and obviously must burn ...
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Accuracy of calorie measurements

When I use a Concept2 indoor rower, I also start a Workout on my Apple Watch. Both devices have a heart rate monitor, and both are measuring my calories. Yet there is a wide difference between the ...
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What is the flat ground distance equivalent of 500 metres running uphill with an incline of 10%?

To explain the question: I ran 500 meters uphill. This costs energy, which can be measured in Joules etc. My question is: how far should I run on flat ground to expend the same amount of energy?
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High intensity with/without breaks

Say I am following a workout routine with approximately 20high intensity exercises (some probably what you define as HIIT and some a bit lower intensity, but still decently high intensity), lasting ...
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How does running speed correlate to burnt calories?

I'm thinking of something like, say, a line diagram. The horizontal axis would be "running speed" and the vertical axis something like "calories per minute". Has this matter ever been scientifically ...
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Is it possible to measure calorie burn from heart rate alone?

I have a Polar heart rate monitor chest strap, and a compatible Android phone on which I can run a number of different apps for recording my heart rate. My primary interest is in how many calories I ...
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Is caloric surplus necessary to gain muscle

My body fat is about 21.5% and my aim is to gain lean muscle. I have started performing body weight exercises since the past 3-4 months and am making good progress with strength training (intensity at ...
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How much carbohydrate intake can exercise offset on a ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet advises keeping carb intake under 50 grams per day, and ideally under 20 grams. Assuming that a person performs intense cardio exercise (e.g. crossfit), burning, say, 400 calories ...
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Are many short trainings per day on elliptical training machine somehow effective?

I work at home and I bought an elliptical training machine. So I can train as many times per day as I want. It would be comfortable for me to work for about 30 minutes and then make 5 minutes break ...
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Which gym is ideal? A gym with warm temperature or a cooler one

It's been about more than a month that I have been going to a gym to lose some weight and build some strength. In general, we have AC in a gym, but in my gym they don't have AC and no ceiling fan, ...
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How to calculate calorie burned walking steps?

I need the formula to make a step count application. I need the formula to calculate 1 step of calories without a GPS. I have variables (sex,age,weight,height,step) I have found this formula : ...
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How should I feed my wife?

My wife is frequently very busy with school, so I end up doing the cooking mostly. Problem is that I am the kind of guy who can lose weight very easily and my appetite usually scales with my activity ...
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How to calculate how much Macros, fibre and calories I need per day

I'm 18 years, 5'6, 151 lbs - 154 lbs, 17.2% body fat (bio impedance scale). As you might have possible guessed, I'm looking to get lean, add some muscle, reach a 9% body fat and get to 155 lbs. If I ...
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Math for Calorie Deficit and Exercise

Is my math right? Current Weight: 158 Resting Energy: 1850 (roughly) Lose 1.4lbs a week) 1850-750 = 1,100 So I should eat 1,100 + my total active energy recorded by Apple watch worn from wake to ...
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Does faster heart rate always mean burn of calories?

Let's say I drink a cup of coffee which has strong effect on me my heart rate increases noticeably. Does that mean I would be burning fat even I'm just sitting? Does faster heart rate always equal to ...
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my three minute planks do they work?

I am a 65 yr old female. I can hold my planks for nearly 3 min with a quick 10 sec rest in between. Why is my stomach still pouching out.
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Are standing desks good for one's sedentary career? [duplicate]

Say I'm a professional coder / data scientist / banker, and I spend most of Monday - Friday sitting at my desk, doing stressful work on a couple of computer screens. If I switch to a standing desk, ...
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Increase body fat before multi day endurance event?

Does anyone know of any research / literature on increasing body fat before multi day endurance events? Specifically, 1. cycling high on fats and carbs for a month or two then 2. dropping into a ...
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Does 12 10 minute cardio sessions equal one 120 minute session?

If I jump rope and achieve a heart rate of 150 bpm for 10 minutes and I do this 12 times a day is that going to burn an equal number of calories and strengthen my cardio system as much as jumping rope ...
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Greater caloric surplus on training days?

Imagine one being in a slight caloric surplus of roughly 500kcal above their maintenance value every day, but only training four times a week. Is it better to split the eating behavior in training and ...
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how to calculate calorie from pedometer?

How can I convert pedometer steps to calories burned? Can anybody explain this to me? I know there is a lot of variables (sex,age,weight), but, I don't know the heart rate. I need to know how are ...
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Does burning calories by running depend only on distance, and not speed?

So it seems burning calories by jogging/running only depends on the distance covered, and not the speed. http://www.runnersworld.com/tools/calories-burned-calculator Is this correct? Even if I ran ...
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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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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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How to know if eating sufficient calories for muscle growth?

As brief background: years ago I was obsessed with getting a 6-pack. I was possibly the worst body type: skinny but with a flabby midsection. After years of P90X, I didn't quite achieve a 6-pack, but ...
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What should be the caloric value while trying to gain muscles

I have started going to gym and its been 5months. I was not following any particular diet plan but I have now prepared a customized diet plan for myself. My body weight is 80Kgs. I go to gym 5-6 days ...
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Macros seem way too high?

So I'm an 18 year old woman, 5'5 (166cm) and 171lbs (78kg). I want to lose about 10lbs max, I've been working out for about a year so the weight isn't all fat, I also have some muscle. I work out 3-4 ...
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What macros ratio should I follow?

I'm a skinny fat guy. Height: 184 CM, weight: 81 kg, body fat: 15%, Shape: shitty. Right now I started lifting heavy, and I'm following a maintenance calories intake. But, I don't know how to ...
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Do unilateral exercises burn more calories?

I would like to ask if by doing an exercise unilaterally, burn more calories than doing the same exercise bilateral.
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How much of a surplus is reasonable? (Help for a new weight-lifter)

My name is Sean and I am pretty new to weight-lifting. I've been trying to get healthier for the past few months, and for the past month or so I have been trying to get more experience with resistance ...
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Continuous everyday workout and sudden drop in stamina, does it indicate a caloric deficiency?

Good day folks, I have been continuously working out (30-45 Minutes) everyday for the last 3 weeks and noticed a sudden drop in stamina for the last 3 days, i haven't changed my diet significantly. ...
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How do I calculate the necessary calorie intake?

I wanted to calculate my daily calorie intake and I bumped over Harris-Benedict formula, but when I use it I feel like it grossly overestimates what my calories should be (I know that because I ...
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Increasing calories daily

To build muscle is advised to increase my caloric intake by 20%....which to me seems like an extreme jump. I'm thinking about increasing my caloric intake by 10 kilocalories everyday. Once I reach ...
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Gaining weight despite diet

I have been logging my food for past month and have constantly ate 750 cal. less than my resting energy. Despite all of this I am gaining weight! Can anyone decode what could be wrong? I have eaten ...
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Am I eating too much or too little?

Question: I am a 24-year old male. 147 lb. 5’ 11”. 12-14% body fat. I eat about 3315 calories per day. Am I overeating or undereating? Context: I used to be very skinny at around 121 lb. I started ...
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Should I eat a lot of calories while doing musculation if I already have some fat?

Concerning musculation, and as I see some fat on my hips and on chest, should I eat more calories, or my muscles can get calories from my current fat (which can be calories if I am not wrong) ? Is fat ...
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Why is one sleepy/tired after playing basketball but not after running?

One may sleep very well last night. But after playing basketball(40 minutes, mild), he may become very sleepy. That is probably because his brain needs more oxygen. But why is he much better after ...
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strength and mass

''Your nervous system becomes more efficient at delivering electronic signals to your muscles to contract. You are able to recruit more muscle fibres, tense your muscles more and then low and behold ...
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Tuna in brine as a replacement of protein shakes

Firstly, I did read this question, but I do not think it fully answers mine. I recently started some fitness training. My goals are to have a lean body. I am 171cm/68kg and I don't care if I were to ...
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Do you burn more calories walking when you're young or old?

My intuition tells me that as you age, activities like walking should be more calorie intensive. This is because as you age, activities like walking should become more strenuous. You will require a ...
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Assuming a three day fast, what is the percentage of protein burned in the fourth day? [closed]

To give more detail: 100kg male fast with only water (and salts) and/or coffee allowed low activity (computer desk job) I'd like to keep the muscle loss to a minimum by adding only protein to the 7 ...
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Total Fast on Last Day of the Week to Cut Fat and Retain Muscle?

I'm male, 5ft 10in, 187 pounds, unknown fat %, and I've been strength training for a while, and while I've definitely increased in strength, I want a cut aesthetic. I have a bit of fat in my belly (...

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