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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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Should an 18-year-old overweight woman take supplements?

Please not. While there might be an argument if she starts serious competitive weight lifting, I guess that the question would've been asked differently then. If she is overweight, she has to relearn ...
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Losing muscle despite doing exercise

Resistance training is the primary preserver of muscle mass while in a caloric deficit. Eating protein alone isn't enough, you need resistance training plus protein. The pushups will be effective at ...
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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

The greatest factor is an elaboration to Thomas' answer. It isn't just downward force, it is also forward. You do reduce your weight if you push down on the bars, but more importantly you produce ...
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How can a obese person with a spine and leg injury lose weight?

TL/DR: Any sport (and swimming is an excellent one) will work, if done consistently, with applied hard effort and together with healthy diet and caloric deficit. No way to do it without clear goals ...
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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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Would wearing a weight vest increase my calorie burn during bike riding?

Depends on the distance you are biking. Always use the physics behind every workout, to calculate the load, or calorie burn. In your example, you are adding 10 kgs to the weight of you bike. When ...
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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

It makes you "weigh" less. The answer here is simple physics. When you run on a treadmill, you still have to propel your body weight up and forward relative to the motion of the belt. When ...
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Diet to loose excess fat that includes raising the metabolism in the morning and fasting until lunch (2pm)?

Both your friend and wife are wrong. Your friend seems to believe that fasted cardio leads to greater fat loss, but it simply doesn’t. Your body might attempt to use more fuel from fat during such a ...
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How do calories work?

Bodypump workouts aren't the only thing you're doing all day right? You walking around your home consumes calories. You cleaning your house consumes calories. You sitting on the computer typing out a ...
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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

In addition to Markov's answer, the bars provide stabilization, requiring less effort to keep yourself aligned properly. It is, in some ways, similar to how someone might be able to lift more weight ...
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Walking to lose weight - what should I expect?

Diet. Don't fall for the BS low-carb, only eat watermelon on a full moon, except when dark chocolate has been conjured by a sorcerer diet. Those diet systems might work, but they're hard to sustain ...
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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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Fullbody vs body split workout for body transformation?

I have read lots of articles but its hard to find an optimal answer for this question It's hard to find an optimal answer, because it's no an optimal question. There is no clear cut right-or-wrong ...
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How do you actually, physically, lose weight?

This is the end result of a fairly complex system of interactions in the body. Your fat cell population is usually defined by adolescence/puberty, and remains relatively stable throughout your life. ...
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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 you lose weight by "training you brain"?

No, there are no brain workouts for weight loss, and the premise you've founded this idea on is a bit rocky. Look at Robert Sapolsky's full-quote from this ESPN article (emphasis mine): Robert ...
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What kind of interesting exercises can I do to lose weight?

As mentioned in yisrael's answer and Aequitas' comment, you're gonna need to track your calorie intake. Combining a caloric deficit by diet with exercise is going to be a lot easier than just doing ...
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Can weight lost be sustained through exercise influenced metabolism changes?

Warning, wall of text incoming. Sorry, but there's a lot to look into. TL;DR at the end. Let's first take a look at what seems to influence (base) metabolic rate the most. For starters, when we look ...
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Weird weight loss pattern

Learn to choose your data Yeah, you shouldn't place too much value in everyday weight measurements, because they are too impacted by small factors like how much water you drank with your last meal, ...
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should I continue weightlifting even though it makes my body bigger?

Your muscles haven't gotten any bigger, they are slightly swollen (or "pumped") after your workout, because of inflammation. This is a standard response of your body to this new challenge you are ...
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Is cardio really effective in fat-burning?

Not only that, but to burn the extra calories from cardio you have to subtract the amount of calories you would burn otherwise not doing anything. So really that 30 minutes of cardio only burns an ...
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How to maximize the benefits of a long time at the gym?

With the best will in the world, having 10 days to work on yourself isn't going to make that much of an impact. Body recomposition, which is what you're after (losing fat, gaining muscle) is a much ...
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my three minute planks do they work?

Ability to hold a plank is determined mainly by the strength and endurance of your abdominal muscles. Having a protruding stomach is determined mainly by your level of body fat. The two are not ...
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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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How to gain muscle whilst losing fat

Contrary to the common myth, a regimen consisting of a mixture of strength and endurance training—as you are doing—will generally lead to a loss of fat mass, and a corresponding gain of fat-free (...
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Hours in gym for bodyfat reduction

If I want to achieve similar results to the guy in the article (who went from 33 to below 10 percent bodyfat in six months), do I necessarily have to, eventually, spend 10'ish hours in the gym every ...
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Losing Stubborn Fat Whilst Building Muscle

There are no magic solutions. Lift heavy, do your cardio (both intense and not), and maintain high protein intake. How much you eat in order to achieve your goal of faster muscle gain is up to you. ...
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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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Is power yoga equivalent to strength training in Gym?

No, power yoga does not offer the same benefits as weight training. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but one thing that is not satisfied by power yoga, is progressive overload by ...
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