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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

First, it must be noted that the quantity of protein that is being recommended by the calculator you have found is not supported by science. The literature suggests that optimal recovery occurs with a ...
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What's the deal with those raw eggs eaten by Rocky before training

Eggs, by their nature, have a substantial amount of good protein in them, 6 grams in a large egg, along with the cholesterol and calories needed to sustain exercise. In the 1890s, it was believed that ...
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Is 45 minutes after working out already too late for restocking on protein and carbs?

45 minutes is fine. 2 hours, also fine. The whole "you need to do it RIGHT AFTER YOUR WORKOUT" is a misinterpretation of actual science, propagated by protein shake producers, because a protein shake ...
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Unexplained muscle mass loss

Don't worry about it. My gym has had an InBody scanner for a few years now, so I've had a bit of experience with them. Assuming it's the same model as the one I'm used to, it uses bio-electrical ...
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Mom Losing Her Mobility Because of her Weight Gain

Your mother is in a seriously dangerous place, and this really is in the realm of nutrition and medicine more than physical fitness (as far as priorities go). Her endocrine, cardiovascular, muscular, ...
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Soy Protein and Protein Requirements

This is not really going to be a definitive answer, as you can find studies that support almost any position, so what I'm looking at for this is the trend of the studies that I've reviewed. Overall, ...
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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 is the effect of alcohol on the body?

Alcohol has many detrimental effects in the body, and you cannot replace carbs with it. Lowers Growth Hormone and Testosterone Inhibits recovery Causes dehydration Lowers muscle glycogen Decreases ...
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Why does my belly stick out so much when I am relaxed but have a six pack when I am flexing?

When you relax, all the fat is falling down to your lower belly, and stretching the skin out and away from abdominal muscles. When you flex, the fat gets spread out over a larger surface area, ...
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What will happen if I receive major part of my protein needs from powders rather than foods?

I have no option beside protein powders. Just, because I cannot eat more than [a piece of chicken, 2 eggs, and a serving fish per day]. Yeah, right. There's no reason not to eat six eggs, double the ...
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How can I out-train this bad diet? If I can't, what modifications can I make to my diet to push more weight?

When simultaneously doing body recomposition (losing fat weight) and trying to push your strength lifts, the highest priorities are carefully balanced overall calorie intake, and a high proportion of ...
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Why on Earth do most people enjoy unhealthy food?

We evolved to find calorie-dense foods very tasty, and we don't have taste-receptors for micro-nutrients When humans (and most of their predecessors) did most of our evolving, low-calorie plants were ...
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How to listen to the body during a run?

This is very much an individual question, as everyone has different requirements and reacts in different ways to fluid and food intake when running. It's just very much trial and error to find what ...
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Impact of weekly collossal cheat days

First let's look at what your acquaintance actually does to the diet itself. Suppose that his normal TDEE is 2500 kcal. That means, at his regular activity level given his job and physique, training ...
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Why do bodybuilders need so much protein when 70 % of muscle is water?

There are already some answers that address this, basically tissue is being torn down and needs to be repaired. But it goes further: there are simply a pile of benefits to upping protein (2012 study): ...
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What is the right kind of protein for that job?

Why does it matter how long protein digestion takes? is it because we do not want it to be released faster than body can absorb or needs? From https://redd.it/39xveo (mirror): Article (2014) (...
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Coffee with sugar after cycling (or any cardio)?

Be careful drinking caffine after exercise, particularly if it's a coffee to go. Think about this. You have just exercised and your heart rate is already high, then you have caffine which elevates ...
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Why on Earth do most people enjoy unhealthy food?

There's a 2005 study, and plenty of others, that show a clear dopamine release when sugar is ingested. This one shows that (in rats) it's on par with addictive narcotics. These results suggest ...
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Food a vegan should eat after weight lifting that is intended to build mass muscle?

Your post exercise meal should be a mix of carbs and protein. Fast or slow absorption has not been shown to be an issue for amateur athletes--adequate protein intake is an issue. For a vegan this ...
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Window to utilize protein after weightlifting?

There is a concept called the "anabolic window", which is a belief that directly after a workout our body is primed for optimal muscle protein synthesis (muscle growth) and that this period lasts only ...
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Is drinking a Coca Cola actually a net energy loss?

No. The caffeine content in a normal 330ml coke does promote thermogenesis through metabolic stimulation but the amount it does this is so small that it is negligible. Cold drinks do not cause you ...
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Do people with slow metabolism tend to gain weight (fat) if they stop exercising?

I don't see how walking on a treadmill in a gym is any different than walking outdoors, with respect to caloric expenditure. Since people who join a gym tend to stop exercising entirely if they stop--...
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Adding Whey Protein to fitness goal

Whey protein is used to gain muscle mass fast. Its a supplement and has very little side effects. The Brand is important because some people see more improvement with diffirent brands(needs to be ...
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If a gram of protein is used for muscle repair, does it still provide the body with 4 calories?

I think you're mixing up some essentials. Gluconeogenesis can also be imposed on certain gluconeogenic amino acids, and not just carbohydrates. Additionally, protein stored as muscle mass is still ...
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How far can you get in an ultra before you go from jogging to running?

The amount of milage your run every week is dependant on your age, fitness level, trail vs road, goals and finally the definition of "Run vs Jog". The hard part is that as humans we are all different ...
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What are the benefits to eating immediately after exercising?

What your friend is referring to is commonly called the "Golden hour" or the "Golden Window". It is also dependent on the type of exercise that you are doing. Many studies have shown that for ...
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Is it a good idea to drink whey protein before going out to gym?

There's nothing in particular regarding the timing of your protein consumption that will make any significant difference according to our current understanding. Keep in mind however, that some people ...
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Are BCAA supplements and/or creatine necessary when balancing power and cardio training?

In general I think all the colorful drinks are about marketing. The supplement industry has done a good job of convincing people that products are required pretty much 24/7. A pre-workout before you ...
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Is that really good for the body to eat a lot of small meals instead of three regular meals?

The short answer is, no it's not strictly better, but... While eating 6 meals over 3 meals is technically not a requirement, it's all about the nutritional value you actually consume. What I mean ...
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Unexplained muscle mass loss

Bioelectrical impedance analysis of body composition can give quite variable results, and in particular is known to be affected by water and food intake independent of body composition. So I wouldn't ...
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