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When I burn off a very large number of calories, where does the weight go?

Yes, the other 8kcal will come from the body. I am not sure if it will only purely be fat, the body can break down other tissue such as muscle tissue if it needs to. But yes it will come from burning ...
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Can you have too little body fat?

Yes, absolutely. Body fat is essential, and not just a form of stored energy. Symptoms of excessively low body fat include hormonal disruption (low testosterone in men, amenorrhea in women), loss of ...
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Can you have too little body fat?

Yes. Bodybuilders frequently aim for body fat percentages in the single digits in order to look "ripped". While it is acceptable for short term (such as a competition), body fat under 5% (...
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Why do athletes often strive to achieve very low body fat levels?

The immediate benefit to having lower bodyfat is you're lighter. Lighter people typically can run faster and longer, jump higher and farther, and corner sharper and easier. This is simply because ...
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How do I know if I’m losing fat or muscle mass?

You're losing both, the only question is in what proportion. You could measure this using DEXA, but it really isn't practical to do so. If you're already moderately lean then you may also be able to ...
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What's up with my body?

Your question is very general, and will therefore only attract general answers, so this will be that. Fixing posture While you don't mention this yourself, C.Lange makes a good point about posture ...
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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 had a very similar problem when I was getting ready for my first bodybuilding competition, I know exactly what you mean. So you're around 185lbs with 12-14% body fat (which is very good, nice job). ...
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Is spot reduction necessarily a myth?

In my opinion, spot reduction is still a myth if you consider how spot reduction has been defined for years. The study as well as another article I found, are both pro-spot-reduction but I don't think ...
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Should I stop doing cardio?

Cardio doesn’t consume fat, muscle, bone, or otherwise. Cardio, like any activity consumes calories and depending on the type it may even help to sustain or potentially even build muscle. The only ...
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When trying to lose body fat, is being in caloric deficit more important than % of calories from fat?

Yes, being in a caloric deficit is what drives fat loss. The proportion of calories coming from fat is unlikely to make any difference to your results, assuming similar protein intake, and assuming ...
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Can breathing more often over the course of the day contribute to weight loss?

No, it wouldn't. Hyperventilation doesn't cause the body to produce more carbon dioxide, instead it just reduces the amount of CO2 in the blood, which reduces the amount of CO2 passed in each breath. ...
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When I burn off a very large number of calories, where does the weight go?

Regarding this bit: I typically find that my appetite is elevated for a couple of days after such a ride, but not during or immediately after. It’s not just your appetite or calorie deficit from the ...
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Cycling vs Gym(Exercise) for weight loss

A few misconceptions here. You will never ever get that "gym body", so don't worry about it It sounds harsh, but it's true for a few different reasons. It's hard to achieve in the first place. You ...
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Arms Workout per Week

Large muscle groups develop in a more obvious way than the smaller ones. That said, you clearly understand how to build muscle through effective diet and exercise. Arms can be trained through a number ...
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strength and mass

Those seem to be several questions at once. Physical strength has both a neurological as well as a morpholocical component (1). It is true that resistance training allows you to activate a higher ...
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Should I stop GYM?

There's a lot to address here, so I will try to do it step-wise. I started gym 1 year and a half ago, and results are no good, as I do not see progression in shoulders and arms for example.. ...
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What are risks of bodybuilding?

I think this is a very broad question as injuries resulting from bodybuilding or strength based exercise can range wildly depending on the intensity that someone does. The typical person that's just ...
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When I burn off a very large number of calories, where does the weight go?

Where does energy come from during ultra-endurance events? Ultra-endurance athletes burn a small amount (about 5-10%) of the required kcal in proteinsKnechtle2018. (If you are interested, you can look ...
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Fitness trainer put me on a muscle building program even though I have a 38 inch waist line

muscle building program Training programs for building muscle are the same regardless of whether or not you are cutting. Cutting training may need to deal with recovery a bit more, but overall the ...
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Are smart scales consistent in their mistakes?

No, they aren't. They have numerous sources of error, but one of the big ones is that their measurements are hugely affected by hydration status, causing your claimed body fat percentage to vary based ...
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Should I cut/bulk or do body recomp?

Firstly, to answer the question in the title, to avoid negative health outcomes, most health authorities recommend that men aim to keep their waist circumference below 40".1 So attempting to ...
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Does protein intake make you fat, especially after stop hitting a gym?

Protein alone won't make you fat. Eating in a caloric surplus makes you fat. Calories are a combination of protein, fat, and carbs (and alcohol but hopefully that's not part of your regular diet). So ...
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How to lose manboobs?

I was also one of those guys that suffered from Gyno / Man boobs / Moobs / Gynecomastia (now we all know what it was). I tried everything that I was told and found that so many people didn't even ...
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Why bulking and cutting instead of just eating enough?

That's called recomposition, and it works to a certain extent. Most people can probably do that for a couple years before it stops working. Then they need to do a bulking/cutting cycle as creating ...
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Why bulking and cutting instead of just eating enough?

For what most bodybuilders are after, you pretty much have to operate within a bulking/cutting cycle. In order to gain muscle mass effectively a bodybuilder (especially one who's been exercising ...
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How delicate is a state of ketogenesis?

It is going to depend on a number of factors. By how big the excess of carbohydrates was, exercise, how long prior to that you were actually in ketosis and protein consumption. Upon depletion of ...
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Ideal BMI / Body & Vicelar fat for my body measurements

What your ideal measurements would be is something noone here can easily answer because, firstly forget BMI as it's very inaccurate and doesnt consider a lot of important factors. And it depends and ...
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Transform body fat in muscle

Your muscles will be more defined if you have less body fat covering them up. Muscles are built by protein and amino acid structures, fat has a role to play in nutrition but it lacks the ability (...
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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? In order to build muscle, which adds weight to the body, a caloric surplus and sufficient protein ...
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