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what are good foods to eat if you are trying to reduce fat and enhance muscle tone?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Sensible: This is a great goal for yourself especially at your age. The key is plenty of lean protein (i'm going assume you'd like some muscle mass as well), and avoiding the greasy / salty / sugary stuff that most folks overeat. After a while you'll come to dislike these. Keep it simple like this, and renew your acquaintance with fruits and vegetables. Nobody ever got fat eating apples and oranges.

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What happens to skeletal muscles if you don't exercise?

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How can muscle imbalances keep me from reaching fitness?

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