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How to lower one's overall mass. Questions are about diets and training programs that improve body composition.

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Is there a best time of the day to exercise for weight loss?

For weight loss results is there a time of day that is most beneficial to exercise?
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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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What exercises should I perform to reduce fat on a specific area of my body?

I have had a couple of lower back surgeries in the past but I'm okay to do any activity. During the last 10 years I have gained a little more weight around the mid section but have been actively ...
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Are video games like Wii Fit Plus actually any good for losing weight?

Does anyone have an sources on this? I love the idea of playing video games to lose weight, just not sure how effective it is. At the end of my exercises it tells me your burned x calories, but not ...
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Are calories the only important aspect of a diet? [closed]

I've recently started using apps like MyFitnessPal to calculate the amount of energy and nutrients I consume and do some simple number crunching for me. However, all these apps seem to be focused on ...
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How to lose weight when morbidly obese

I am a very overweight man at 400lbs (181 kg). I've been told by several doctors that I need to lose weight or else my health will get worse and worse. What exercises are safe for a large person? For ...
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Tricks to lose weight in 48 hours

In the past 3 months I've lost 12.5kg/28 pounds doing it the "right" way: Regular exercise with regular small low-fat meals. I'm 178cm/5.84 feet and now weigh 73.5kg/162 pounds. The biggest ...
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What is a reasonable rate of weight loss to work towards?

I often like to set short term goals that don't really work for weight loss. I'm wondering if there is a general principle I should obey like 'lose 1 kilogram per two weeks' - what sort of rate 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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What are good cardio exercises for a one legged man?

I am a right leg amputee. I am trying to lose weight. With success. But I want to vary my workouts. Right now I do the following: Long Walks (with crutches or my 15 lb artificial leg); Sit-ups; ...
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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 many calories to burn daily to see a change in weight within a month

My BMI is 26.8, which means that I am in the overweight category. When one hits a gym regularly every day, what is the minimum amount of calories that he should burn in order to see a change in his ...
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How do I stop drinking soda?

I am trying it for years now and can't free myself from drinking products like Coca Cola (or Red Bull). I just love the taste and the feeling while drinking it. It wakes me up and makes me feel better ...
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Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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How does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss?

How does bicycling compare to other exercises when it comes to fat loss? I'm thinking about getting a single speed bike and riding to Uni which is about 10 minutes away by car. There is a nice trail ...
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How to lose fat fast and healthily?

I want to lose some belly fat, get six-pack abs and look good naked. I want my muscles to show. Im of an average build, a bit too chubby to my liking. What can I do to achieve my goal? What pitfalls ...
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Is weight loss possible without cardio?

I have been advised by my doctor not to do any running, dancing type of exercise which puts stress on my legs due to a leg condition. Being on bed rest for nearly a month and a very sedentary ...
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What is the best way to train at the gym for weight loss purposes?

I joined a gym 2 months ago, and have exercised almost daily. In the first 2-3 weeks I went to the gym almost daily exercising for about 45 mins (treadmill, weights etc) but I realised this was not ...
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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 can I strengthen my lower back

I was diagnosed for "Muscle Spasm" a while ago for my lower back pain. The pain went away for about a year and then came back again. I had a blood test taken and found out that I am deficient in ...
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Pushing past a weight plateau?

My girlfriend has been on Weight Watchers for quite awhile and although she's lost a considerable amount of weight, she's still over 60 lbs away from her final goal. The problem is that for over the ...
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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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Should I exercise when my muscles are aching?

I exercised for the first time in a long time yesterday. This is what I did: 500 jumping jacks at moderate pace 100 jumping jacks at fast pace 10 min of running in place at moderate pace 100 ...
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What is the most effective way to improve a saggy belly?

I used to have a fairly flat stomach but I had a baby 4 months ago by c-section and my lower abdomen is quite saggy. What can I do to lose the extra weight there and get it taut?
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How to lose fat only in your thigh?

Let's say I am a pretty skinny guy with a fat thigh. Is it possible to lose fat exclusively in some part of the body? For example, is it possible to lose thigh fat while not losing any weight in my ...
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Is having a "normal" BMI a healthy target?

I always see BMI charts posted in various health related places, and I know life insurance companies use it for assessing risk. I've heard the normal range of the index is supposedly based on what ...
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Should an 18-year-old overweight woman take supplements?

My daughter is 18 years old and overweight. She has decided to join a gym. Would taking any supplements advisable since she has started working out?
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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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Cardio vs. Weight lifting. Which one is better for losing weight?

Cardio burns more calories during the exercise, but weight-lifting builds more muscle which in turn raises your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). I have a little over an hour to workout each day during ...
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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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Are ab exercises more useful to reduce belly fat than other exercises?

I have little bit belly fat which I want to reduce. So I started ab exercises (like sit-ups and crunches) month ago. It's much more difficult to me to do these kind of exercises than other e.g. ...
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Can walking be a way to lose weight

After running my knees will be hurting, I will stop running after that, but still I want to lose weight. When I start running, I mostly alternate between running and walking, it would be 30 minutes ...
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What is the scientific explanation for beginning weightlifters' ability to gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously?

I'm sure you have heard this a million times in bodybuilding articles and forums: Only beginner weightlifters can gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. For intermediate and advanced ...
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How serious are the dangers to rapid weight loss?

I started getting serious about weight loss recently and have reduced my calorie intake somewhat significantly. I've been doing this for about 6 weeks now and the results have been very satisfying. ...
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Would wearing a weight vest increase my calorie burn during bike riding?

I have bought a weight vest, 10kg. I am wondering if it will help me burn more fat during a bike riding? Logically, it makes sense, but someone told me our body would become used to this new body ...
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Aerobic vs anaerobic for better fat loss

I've read in this forum about aerobic and anaerobic training but i can't get an answer for my particular situation. I'm 35 years, male, 175cm , with 79kg, doing 3 or 4 exercises (2xrunning 5km/500 ...
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Is "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" thesis correct? [closed]

Has anyone read "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It"? Here is the book on amazon. His basic argument is this (my words): The author argues that insulin in large part is responsible for ...
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How effective is Zumba in weight-loss and toning?

I have been participating in Zumba lately and I feel more stiff after I do something else rather than Zumba. Is Zumba a good choice to working out or is it more a fun choice if it was Zumba or nothing?...
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How do I lose Weight when I weigh 345lbs?

I am a mother of five children. I have always been a big girl since about the age ten. When I reached the age of 15 I managed to only be 25 lbs overweight. Once I got further along in high school, ...
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Does lactose inhibit fat loss?

In Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Body, the claim is made that lactose intake seems to inhibit fat loss. Note that it is not claimed that it causes fat gain. Like many claims in this book, it is (and the ...
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Can vinegar cause fat loss?

I keep hearing about vinegar being used for weight loss. There is at least one study to back this up. Here's a link to the study: Vinegar Intake Reduces Body Weight, Body Fat Mass, and Serum ...
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Is working out localized muscle going to help burn fat in that area more than building up overall muscle mass?

When different people gain weight, the fat tends to accumulate in different parts of the body based on the individual. Some people gain in their stomach, their buttocks, their thighs, etc. If I am ...
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Treadmill desks - do they work when trying to lose weight, and what are potential problems to look out for?

It's really all in the title... I'm looking for ways to incorporate a bit more exercise into a desk-worker's life, and I recently stumbled over the idea of building a treadmill desk. Wikipedia: ...
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Experience and references about intermittent fasting [closed]

I have read about and tried intermittent fasting in the past few months with some great results. The only hiccup was getting sick for about 3 weeks and losing that will to continue with it, until I ...
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What are some flexible workout routines that don't require a change in diet to be effective?

I know there's plenty of similar questions, but none that answered what I have to ask exactly. Here's my situation. I'm a 23 year old male, about 6'0 ft. tall, and about 180 lbs. I have a gut, and I'...
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What should I do to remove my belly fat?

I saw this question and it is exactly what I am asking. However, there is one issue with me I want to explain. I am only 137 pound. Kind of skinny for a 24 years old guy. But, its been 4-5 years ...
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Are so-called "burst workouts" effective for weight loss?

I just bought a $2.99 Kindle book called Burst Workouts which recommends very short workouts at high intensities. His main program recommends timed interval training using bodyweight exercises of 30 ...
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Exercise ideas for 400 pound double leg amputee

I am a female double leg amputee that weighs about 400lbs. I haven't exercised in about 20 years. I have a whole host of medical problems and have been told that I have to lose weight. I am modifying ...
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How to lose weight and be able to do mental work?

My problem is that when I start losing weight I feel so exausted that: I'm angry I'm dumb and cannot do any mental work I always want to cheat my diet in the end of the day All those ads say that I ...
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