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Ensuring the body burns fat instead of muscle?

When exercising, our bodies take energy from our blood sugar, then uses glycogen as a source for energy, and finally burns fat or muscle when the glycogen is used up. A nutritionist told me that ...
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When fat is burnt, where is it taken from?

I'm just curious if there is a general pattern of where fat is taken when it is spent during exercise. Is it taken more or less equally from all fat in the body, are some areas used more than others, ...
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Will daily push-ups help to get rid of my belly fat?

I've never made real exercise. Recently i began doing push-ups starting with 1 a day and finally increasing it to 15 day. Sometimes doing it 3-4 times (45-60). If i continue this routine, will it ...
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How to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Firstly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time possible? If it is possible, what is the general nutrition and exercise plan to do it? Secondly, is losing fat and gaining muscle at the ...
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Information overload makes me unsure of how to lose fat weight

Good morning, I am an avid lurker here and I try to answers that I feel confidently knowledgeable about to answer but after much reading between answers to my own questions, other questions, and ...
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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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Benefits to sumo, intentional fat-building

What are the benefits, if any, to the diet, physical conditioning and body-engineering typically associated with sumo? Can an individual intentionally build large amounts of fat in a way that could ...
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Is it true that Diet is far more effective than Exercise for fat loss?

I recently read Lyle MDonald's article here about the relaitve merits of exercise versus dieting for fat loss. He makes the argument (with numbers to back up his case) that in terms of calories lost, ...
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What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats? [closed]

From this answer it was stated saturated don't do you any favors, whereas polyunsaturated fats have been shown to decrease risk of heart disease and stroke Are there any health benefits to ...
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What should I eat to recover from eating only `raw' fruits and vegetables for 6 months?

About 2 years ago I've been eating only fruit and vegetables for 6 months. After that I have chosen to return to regular, diverse food - meat and everything else included. Since I started to eat ...
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Does fat make you fat?

I understand that there are good and bad fats. I'm talking about the good ones, the fat that comes from avocado, flax seed oil, etc. I am obese at the moment and wish to lose body fat quickly. I am ...
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What is dietary fat used for before being converted to adipose tissue?

We know carbohydrates are used for immediate and stored energy (glycogen) before being converted to body fat. We also know protein is used to repair tissue, mainly muscle for bodybuilders, before ...
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Does BMI really matter?

I've been going to the gym around 3 - 5 times a week for 2 solid months now. I do a variety of weight training exercises and up to 20 minutes of running on a treadmill. I have a fairly balanced diet ...
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Does the body store fat in a (First in Last out)FILO order?

I have read in an article that the body stores fat in a FILO format, which means it stores fat in this order: belly, chest, thighs, then arms. When we workout, the fat gets burned in the FILO format, ...
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Is Saturated Fat really as bad for you as people believe? [closed]

So many people say Saturated Fats is bad for you and you shouldn't eat too much fatty meats or dairy because they lead to high cholesterol. Everyone just takes this as fact without asking for proof. ...
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suggest some diet for me as I want to gain muscles and at same time want to reduce belly fat

I workout daily for half an hour to gain some muscles(e.g. chess and weight lifting). I have a nice physic except a little bit belly fat, so for that I daily do some half an hour walking and 15 ...
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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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Alternative push-up methods for sightly fat people

Let's say I'm a little too fat to be doing a real push up. Do you recommend me to push up with my knees supporting my body first and then progress further? OR Do you think it's better if I start ...
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Does not eating fat reduce my chances of getting fat?

If I don't eat fat, and eat only other things, for example protein and vitamins, then does this reduce my chances of getting fat? In other words, I will never be fat even if I don't do exercise?
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Do I lose muscle or fat if I don't eat for 5 days?

Due to an injury followed by a stomach virus, I drank a lot (coke, iced tea, and water) but hardly ate anything for 5 days. Now, my weight has dropped by 3 lbs. I feel like I lost muscle mass. ...
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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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Does bodybuilding make you shorter?

When you lift a lot your intervertebral disks get smaller because of the pressure and destruction caused be too much pressure. Also, you loose the body fat surrounding many of your organs and the fat ...
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Can you aggressively lose fat and maintain muscle?

I heard of an old buddy that claimed he could aggressively lower bodyfat if needed (say he was feeling a teeny-bit chubby and wanted to get as "firm and lean" as quickly as possible, say for beach day)...
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Doing splits for fat people

I am 1.78 metres tall, weighs 125 kg(last I checked) and had a gut size of 46'. Is it possible at all for me to do the splits, and if yes, are there any good methods/advices for me on how to do the ...
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Weight training without putting on fat

History The first time I started a strength program I found I could slowly lose a bit of fat during training. Training partner stopped, so did I and I lost a lot of fat (and bit of muscle). Looked ...
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Is taking protein shakes without exercising beneficial or dangerous?

My 25 year old brother joined a gym two months ago. He does one hour of exercise when he goes to gym. Due to excessive office work, he can't go to the gym regularly. He takes daily, 30 gram protein ...
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Ammonia smell when running?

In my long runs (about 25k) when I finnish the smell of my body is like ammonia, I have read in internet thats because of converting my muscles into energy, so Could I say that my body is not burning ...
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Does the existence of trans fat invalidate years of research on saturated fats?

If only relatively recently trans fats were discovered to be much worse for you then saturated fats, does that have implications on past research on saturated fats? Is that research now outdated? Can ...
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Light workout with cereal diet to reduce fat

I am doing very light workout, e.g. 10 push-ups a day. I want to know that if I keep my diet to cereals with full-cream milk, will it have any effect on my belly fat?
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How long can the work periods in HIIT be?

Usually the recommendations for HIIT workouts involve 20 second high intensity work followed by an equivalent or greater rest period. Or Tabata, which invoves 20 second work followed by a 10 second ...
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Gaining Fat, Losing Muscle?

So I am working out for around 1 and a half years now, about 1 year ago I started tracking my body fat and my muscle percentage. It both was stable at 14% fat and 44.5% muscle. Last two weeks I ...
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Should you eat sugar before a muscle building workout?

Is eating sugar before a muscle building workout a good idea? Eating sugar could boost your energy levels and make you perform better. However, excess sugar turns into fat and if you don't exercise ...
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Do I lose muscle or fat when on a diet and not exercising much?

I am a thin guy (5'6-3/4" - 138 pounds), somewhere between ectomorth and mesomorph (more towards mesomorth I would think) who eats very little. I have been going to the gym to lift weights twice a ...
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Calories to grams

I am trying to work out how much fat, carbs, and protein I should be consuming daily based on my BMR which is around 2025 calories. Apparently you're supposed to have 500 calories less than your BMR ...
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I have about 18.5% body fat. Am I too fat? [closed]

I'm a man, 25 years old. My electronic scale tells me 69 kg and 18.5% body fat, and my fitness seems to be bad when compared to my friends at similar age: I run very slow. Most of my friends run 5 km ...
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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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What is an ideal visceral fat percentage?

I had a review at my gym yesterday, and the trainer measured my body fat percentage, weight, height etc and exclaimed that, my body fat percentage needs improving (it is right now at 8%), he had never ...
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Is it true that more calories give more energy, plain and simple?

I am asking this because I read a post jokingly titled, "Why fat people will hurt you." It mentioned there that, because heavier or obese people tend to eat more, they tend to store more energy. With ...
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How to reduce belly and face fat [duplicate]

I am 26 years old, M, 5'7 height. I have been doing exercise running- 30 mins daily and cycling - 20 mins. I do crunches also in my daily activities. I drink lot of watter like hell, not taking ...
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Does fat actually “harden” or is there something else going on?

I read about subcutaneous and visceral fat and I understand it's the latter that is hard (and therefore cannot really be perceived by a person by touching and feeling around on the skin I assume). ...
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What are the foods that are low in fat but high in calories? [closed]

Can you cite the foods that are low in fat but high in calories? I'm 21, male, around 5'7" tall and I'm kinda skinny. I've read online that one of the things I should consider to gain weight is ...
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Foods I can eat a lot of and still be healthy

Plainly put: I like eating. However, my eating habits lead to me being overweight and adds possibility of health complications later on. I was wondering if there are any healthy foods (low cal, low ...
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Cannot lose weight

for the last 2 months, I've been cycling for about 2 times a week and eating a little bit less. Last month I've been exercising(read cycling, jogging or hiking) for about 3 - 4 times a week and for ...
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Residual fat: can all fat be dealt with?

Is there such a thing as residual fat? That means, fat that will stay there in your belly, thighs or other place? Does your body save fat just for emergencies? It might sound as a silly question, ...
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Is it true that the body gets used to diet and exercise after a while and stops responding?

I am currently reading a book called "The Body Sculpting Bible for Men" by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera. In it the author claims that when you start dieting your body receives a shock from the ...
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Lean body weight protein requirements + GDA

Using the calculator: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/library/blbodyfatcalculator.htm, I've finally had a chance to work this out properly by measuring myself as last time I did it based on guesses. ...
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Diet/exercise plan for lean bulking

I'm currently skinny fat, currently lean-bulking. My age is 16, and I weigh 62kg with 180cm (136.4 lbs, 5'9") Normally, my diet is as follows: On days I workout or if I'm active during the day, I ...
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The truth about calories from alcohol

For the past few weeks, I have been carefully recording my food and drink intake, together with my exercise. I would say that my net calorie intake is accurate to within 100 calories either way. I ...
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Why does sugar get such a bad rap for being empty calories while other carbs don't? [closed]

What does sugar and alcohol have in common? They are empty calories; offer no nutritional value, so avoid them whenever you can. Why haven't I heard anyone ever make the same argument about other ...
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Is it theoretically possible to burn fat without any training only based on diet?

Suppose a person(who doesn't do any sports) changes a diet, so that it has a "right" ratio of protein, carbs and fats, and a small carbs deficit. What will happen next? will he lose fat or muscle or ...