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If you are heavier you will be stronger wether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. On what do you base this? Apart from very few lifts where a bit more body weight helps you, I can't see a scenario that shows having extra fat helps you lift weights. Say there is a version of me of 70kg with 10% body fat and a version of me of ...


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Energy metabolism is not a very well understood system in the sense that while the biochemical reactions are well known, their dynamics is highly variable depending on the individual. I find it disturbing that so many people have their own understanding of how their body work, without any sound reasoning behind it. Below I'll try to give some background ...


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You have to understand two things: A lot of people think fat "spot" reduction can be done, which is false The places where you Start "adding/removing" fat from first are genetically defined. Each person is different, some people start with their abdominal, other with their thighs...etc... so the place you "put" fat first is the last place from where fat ...


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Don't Confuse Size with Genetics and Training My former coach won the genetic lottery as someone who can just naturally get beastly strong. An example of that genetic pool, he took his mother to the weight room and she squatted over 300 lbs on her first day with no prior training. I'm pretty sure she was sore after that. There are several power lifters ...


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Stop Making Excuses Don't tell me that fat doesn't make people stronger because it does. Of course many fat people are strong. Of course people get stronger faster if they aren't trying to stay under a certain weight while training. But there's that key phrase: 'while training'. The examples you cite fight sumo and lift weights. There's no magic here: ...


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A difference of 0.3" (a little more than a quarter of an inch) is within acceptable measurement error on something like this. The answer to your question is: BMI does not matter for individuals A perfect example for the reason why is with the two tickets you included in your question: On Mar 4 2014 you had BF% of 16.2% and BMI 25.5 On Mar 23 2014 you ...


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I will do my best to address this question in a practical manner. Namely, I think the best way to burn fat and spare muscle while training is to construct a hypocaloric diet and workout plan with muscle preservation in mind. Steps I would take: Ensure diet is hypocaloric so that you actually lose weight over time. Continue weight training while dieting. ...


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Bottom line: You can gain weight without exercise, but if you want that weight to be muscle you have to use them. If you don't want to bodybuild I understand. The idea of lifting weights for purely aesthetic reasons doesn't really appeal to me. However, there are several activities you can do that are useful, fun, and accomplish the goal you want. ...


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I've seen you ask and answer questions, so I'm certain you have most of the theoretical answers you seek. Now, to make them realistic (aka broscience that's working for me). Don't eat when you are hungry. Eat when it's appropriate. Don't eat because you feel like it; eat because you don't want your body clinging to the fat you have. It's not just about ...


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Hopefully, I can help you sort through some of the information. I think you have every right to be skeptical of the claims on the Stronglifts site, Medhi does tend to overstate things and not dig deep at all. However, broscience is still useful when actual science doesn't have any information on the subject. The good news is that there is still some ...


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Is It Normal To Have A Belly When You Relax? Absolutely! If you've got a gut, you've got a gut; you can't be tensing your body all day; that will wear and tire you out quickly. Should You Have A Belly When Relaxed? If your goal is to have six pack, it's not acceptable. Apart from any medical issue, I see it as a result of two issues: Your body fat % isn'...


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In short, you can't target fatloss. You can however make some healthy changes to your life, most of which you've already done by the looks of it. Most people have a hard time losing fat on their abdominal area. The only thing you can do is keep living healthy, tracking caloric intake, making sure you get enough rest and working out regularly. Things like ...


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It is possible that if you eat nothing but protein, you may starve even if you're theoretically eating enough calories. The reason being that there is a maximum amount of protein your liver can process for calories per day, and it is below the number of calories you burn per day. This is called Rabbit Starvation Syndrome (after settlers who were starving ...


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It's a fallacy that fat people unleash bigger bolts of strength. Can fat people hurt you? Absolutely! Why? Because Force = mass X acceleration and fat people have a higher mass; with a decent speed, the force generated can hurt you. It's the same reason why a fat person will injure you if they sit on you; the force (weight = mass X gravity) the weight exerts ...


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No, this is false. You have to understand that when you gain fat, you gain it in all fat deposits on the body. It doesn't fill one deposit first, then move on to another. And on the other side of the coin, the same applies when you lose fat. Now, some fat deposits are larger than others, and more fat will be directed there. That's why you have more fat on ...


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I wouldn't say it's first in/last out, but there are reasons why you may (or may not) put on belly fat first and lose it last. Fat cells receive a number of different hormone signals that tell them whether to store or release fat. Depending on the area of the body, the fat cells will have more or less receptors for the various messages. For example, ...


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It's a somewhat complex question. Let's start with your first sentence: If you are heavier you will be stronger whether this is by fat or by muscle I think we can all agree on that. No, I don't agree. What is true is that in martial arts and boxing lighter fighters have a disadvantage, probably even against heavier fighters who have the same absolute ...


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To answer your question, straight sugar is high in calories but low in fat. Its high in simple carbohydrates. That said, I'm not sure the advice you read was so great. It likely comes from the outdated belief that dietary fat/cholesterol equals fat/cholesterol in your body. Eat too much of any of the 3 macronutrient categories (protein/fat/carbohydrate) and ...


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For a more detailed and scientific explanation, OzmandiasReborn's post on reddit is valuable: When you eat, your body detects the raised levels of glucose and fatty acids in your blood (having been absorbed through your intestine), and your pancreas releases insulin. Insulin essentially signals to your various tissues "WE ARE IN FED STATE, GUYS! EAT UP....


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First, for those unfamiliar with the Sumo wrestler's diet, you can get a rough idea in this article. A main staple of the diet is chanko-nabe. A couple quick points from the first article: Average life expectancy is 60-65 years (10 years younger the average Japanese male) The lifestyle does carry with it increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, ...


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First of all, this all depends on the protein he is taking and some other life style aspects. My initial answer is that this is not a problem because supplements are simply meant to supplement your diet. getting 30 grams of protein from a shake isn't really different than getting 30 grams of protein from chicken or any other source of protein for that ...


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BMI simply measures the relationship between your weight and height and doesn't care if the weight is muscle-based or fat-based. You're focusing on the wrong thing: your body fat in the first measurement was 16.3% and it changed to 13.3% in the second. The second value fell within the range of your ideal body fat. You also lost over 2-kg in body fat, all ...


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Food plus lifting equals get bigger It seems like you're saying that when you walk a lot, eat moderately, and do nothing else that you lose a little bit of weight--likely fat, but perhaps also muscle. It also seems like you're saying that when you add heavy lifting and a lot of eating that you gain weight. Nothing about that is surprising: (Lots of low-...


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To answer your question directly the answer is NO. Now let me detail why and how you can lose fat and maintain muscle in 4 points: I Rate of body fat loss 1 gram of fat is approximately 9 calories. To consume one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of fat you need to create a deficit of 9000 calories. Meaning that if you plan on losing one kilogram of fat in a week you'll ...


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Doing good controlled pushups from the knees is definitely a great way to start, because the use of muscles in the arm, shoulder, chest and core are almost identical to those used in real pushups. However, I would deviate from the other comments by adding that, as soon as you can do even one real pushup, start with that, then complete your set on the knees. ...


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Only proteins or vitamins?No carbohydrates and no fat?? Well the thing is, if you eat more than your body burns, you will become fat, even if you don't eat fat at all. Carbohydrates are very energy dense, so if you eat too much carbohydrates your body will store the extra energy in fat cells. So if your daily energy intake is too big you'll get fat. Also ...


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You can (and I did month after month) burn fat on a calorie surplus. I'm currently on a 150% calorie surplus and since I'm doing heavy weight training, I'm telling my body to put on muscle to adapt to my ever-increasing intensity in the weight room. As for your plea to not talk about food in weights or calories, well you can't really expect to do random ...


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