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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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How will muscle mass affect metabolic rate and weight gain?

How will muscle mass affect metabolic rate and weight gain?

Increases metab rate: Muscle and fat weigh the same (pound of fat weighs same as pound of muscle); muscle is denser, so clothes fit better if one is leaner at the same weight. Muscle burns more calories than does fat. Leaner body burns more calories, even at rest, because there is more metabolically active tissue. Often w/ crash diets, there is xs loss of muscle, so you get more flabby w/lower weight. ...Read more

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Doses of L-carnitine for weight loss(with exercise)? Weight 91kg , height 174 cm

Doses of L-carnitine for weight loss(with exercise)? Weight 91kg , height 174 cm

Carnitine: L carnitine is an Amino Acid that helps the body build protein, muscle. So working out with muscles and taking a protein supplement can help build muscle. Muscle dictates metabolism and helps burn calories. ...Read more

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Crossfit vs olympic weightlifting vs regular weight lifting, what is better?

Crossfit vs olympic weightlifting vs regular weight lifting, what is better?

Wrong question.: Depends on your goals: Crossfit= strength endurance - you will get lean. Olympic lifts= technical exercise that requires good coaching to prevent injury. Power and strength emphasis - often used as part of program to enhance performance in power sports. Regular weight lifting - this is a general term and rep/rest/weight/exercise schemes varied depending on goals and training experience ...Read more

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Weight lifting versus cardio, which is better for losing weight quickly?

Weight lifting versus cardio, which is better for losing weight quickly?

Weight loss: Cardio. However rapid weight loss is usually not desirable. Better to have a healthy life style and loss excess weight more slowly and then keep it off. ...Read more

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What is a good diet to gain weight muscle weight?

Proper exercise&prot: Weight training builds muscle with fewer reps and more resistance faster! however more injuries occur. A 7/4/3. Max rep is ideal. Finally you need one gran per lb of body weight. This is higher if your protein intake is heavily plant protein base because of a lower protein efficiency index. Read my chapter in freddy fu's "sports medicine" on "powerlifting & weightlifting.". ...Read more

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How to gain body mass for muscular workouts?

How to gain body mass for muscular workouts?

Resistance training: To build mass, do 3 sets of 10 reps of the maximum you can handle on a training day. For abs, do this daily. For other muscles, 3-4x/week. Creatine and (if okay with your physician) an electronic muscle stimulator can help. If you've considering trying anabolic steroids, don't do it. I've known many guys who have and all of them were sorry. Almost all women prefer a natural-looking, fit man. ...Read more

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Is it possible to gain muscle mass and weight on pancreatitis low fat diet?

Is it possible to gain muscle mass and weight on pancreatitis low fat diet?

Sure: depending on your specific metabolism, gaining weight and muscle mass is just a function of working out, combined with proper nutrition- in a lot of ways a pancreas friendly diet is the same as a good balanced diet that is recommended for diabetics, heart patients, obese patients, etc.go to a certified dietitian they will be able to help design a diet for you to achieve your goals and be healthy ...Read more

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How to lose weight instead of gain muscle?

Caloric restriction: Caloric restriction without exercising will cause weight loss without muscle gain. For it to be effective you will need to reduce your intake by about 30% or more. ...Read more

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I'm trying to lose weight and also gain muscle. What is best for muscle gains and weight loss?

I'm trying to lose weight and also gain muscle. What is best for muscle gains and weight loss?

Weight loss: Exercise and diet is the best way to both gain muscle and loose weight. If you attack this properly you will be much improved over time. It will take some time but you will jump for joy when your friends tell you how much you have changed. Go for it! ...Read more

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Is getting ripped more about weight loss or muscle gain?

Is getting ripped more about weight loss or muscle gain?

Both: You need both, plus even if you lose weight and gain muscle, you may still have sagging skin from when you were heavier. But, it's worth the effort. ...Read more

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Does muscle weigh less than fat?

Does muscle weigh less than fat?

No: Muscle has a greater density than fat. Weight is a relative term, but i know what you mean. Muscle would sink in water and fat would float. ...Read more

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What would be an ideal endomorph bulking diet to gain lean muscle?

What would be an ideal endomorph bulking diet to gain lean muscle?

Sensible diet: "endomorph" is an old subscientific term for a person who at the present time has notably more bodyfat than most peers. The key to your weight loss is educating yourself about calories and getting into the habit of aerobic fitness and restricting carbs & fats. While building muscle, try for 1 gm/pound of body weight of lean protein. Beyond this, restrict carbs & fats as you are able. Glad for you. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly gain muscle mass without gaining flab?

Could someone possibly gain muscle mass without gaining flab?

Eat right/exercise.: A 34 year old should have no problems gaining muscle mass if otherwise healthy. The key is to watch your calories, increase your baseline metabolism by working out, increasing muscle mass and you'll burn more calories. Don;t expect miracles overnight, but set a reasonable goal to look better in a month and go from there. ...Read more

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Which one cardio or weight training better for weight loss?

Which one cardio or weight training better for weight loss?

Cardiovascular: For burning calories, increasing your basal metabolic rate, and increasing endurance, cardiovascular activity is the answer for weight loss. Resistance training can of course be combined with cardio, but does not burn as many calories, tends to increase lean muscle, and tone your appearance. Since muscle weights more than fat, you may actually experience an increase in weight with weight training. ...Read more

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Can I lose stomach fat and still increase muscle mass by restricting calories? Or is a calorie surplus needed to gain muscle?

Can I lose stomach fat and still increase muscle mass by restricting calories? Or is a calorie surplus needed to gain muscle?

Paleo: Not sure but I personally lost a lot of belly fat by eating very little carbs and mostly eating meats and veges (paleo) It made a huge difference for me. ...Read more

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Which is better for weight loss? Cardio or weight training?

Which is better for weight loss? Cardio or weight training?

Trick question.: They're both important. Cardiovascular exercise burns calories and weight training builds metabolically active muscle. ...Read more

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Is rapid weight gain or slow weight gain better for Anorexic recovery? Current BMI at 17.7. Had BMI of 15 around early March...

Slow and steady: It sounds like you are making good progress. Slow weight gain will not tax your body and is more likely,to become a healthy way,of,eating. Rapid weight gain is more likely to overly tax your,body,which can be dangerous. Manage your exercise as well. Keep it moderate if you have been exercising. It is important to be followed by your doc, a nutritionist, and,therapist during,this process. ...Read more

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Why does BMI increase when one starts weight training and replacing fat with muscle mass? Weight increases while becoming leaner, but BMI increases?

Not perfect!: Bmi only takes into account weight and height. That is good enough for most people but for people that exercise a lot and have a lot of muscle it is not a good reflection of their actual fitness. Muscle weighs more than fat so the bmi can increase even though you are in better shape. Most pro athletes have bmis that are in the "wrong" range. Worry about your overall health and not the number. ...Read more

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Is BMI a good way to determine proper weight? I've heard body fat % is morene accurate. A 5-6 solid muscle guy could be over 200 lbs& considered obese

Is BMI a good way to determine proper weight? I've heard body fat % is morene accurate. A 5-6 solid muscle guy could be over 200 lbs& considered obese

Both would be best.: The BMI reflects your weight with respect to your height, but as you suggested does not reflect body composition. People who are very muscular could have a higher BMI that would not be truly reflective of their fitness and health. Combining the BMI with a body fat percentage would greatly increase its accuracy. ...Read more

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I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

I am gaining weight after anorexia for the past month (BMI reaching 17 after being at 15). Any chance I could build up muscle? If so, how can I do it?

Requires using them: Muscle cells respond to both intensity & frequency of use. Without use the atrophy away, as in polio victims. Polio virus damage nerves, not muscles. But if muscles get no nerve orders, they rarely contract & waste away. Thus focus on all opportunities to use muscles to do actions which require/challenge your strength, hopefully without overdoing & creating damage. Athletes say: No Pain, No Gain. ...Read more

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I am 19-year-old female. My height 158 CM weight 39 kg BMI 15.89. I eat a ton everytime but still skinny. I wnna build mass muscles. Wht should i do?

I am 19-year-old female. My height 158 CM weight 39 kg BMI 15.89. I eat a ton everytime but still skinny. I wnna build mass muscles. Wht should i do?

Medical evaluation: You need to make sure you don't have a medical reason for not absorbing the food(proteins and fats) you consume. You may have a high metabolism in addition, for which your thyroid function or diabetes etc need to be checked. Once you rule medical issues, you can work to develop a plan to start regular,are exercise and protein supplementation to gain weight. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am under weight, and my BMI is low so should I start strength training to gain muscles? ( I am also have an eating disorder)

I am under weight, and my BMI is low so should I start strength training to gain muscles? ( I am also have an eating disorder)

Strength training: and eating disorder. It is important to have a balanced diet while doing strength training. Your muscles need good nutrition to develop. Take care not to over-exercise - limit your strength training to no more than an hour a day. ...Read more

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I weigh 230. I have 100lbs muscle, large frame, and BMI of 38.9% @ 5'5". Is a weight loss of 90lbs healthy or too aggressive?

I weigh 230. I have 100lbs muscle, large frame, and BMI of 38.9% @ 5'5". Is a weight loss of 90lbs healthy or too aggressive?

Need weight loss: Remember that any significant weight loss will reduce your risk of cad, dm, cancer, arthritis, HTN and alzhmiers even if you do not loss the whole 90lbs. ...Read more

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BMI & ideal weight are quite confusing!I do strength training.I have lots of muscles huge chest n biceps.My BMI is 34.Is bodybuilding bad for health?

BMI & ideal weight are quite confusing!I do strength training.I have lots of muscles huge chest n biceps.My BMI is 34.Is bodybuilding bad for health?

BMI.: Technically speaking, BMI does not take into account body composition, only weight with respect to height. Muscle is more dense than fat, so thinner muscular people can have elevated BMIs. Your best bet would be to interpret your BMI along with a concurrent body fat analysis. If BMI is a bit high and body fat is low, then it's likely fine. Remember, it's just a number. ...Read more

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How might you know your BMI with muscles?

Bmi and muscles: Well, that's the problem with bmi. It does not take into account muscle mass. If you are fairly muscular, the other test you can do is to measure your body fat composition. If your body fat is between 6-13%, you have the body of an athlete. Average is 18-24%. Above 25% is obese. ...Read more

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Does the BMI chart take muscle into consideration?

Only weight/height: No, the bmi chart only takes into account weight and height, which makes it only a rough guide. It can be especially misleading in men who are muscular and stocky. ...Read more

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How can you understand the BMI when calculating with muscle?

BMI and muscle: The bmi is a good guide for most people, but it is not an indicator of obesity in some groups. Bmi is just weight/height squared. It does not take into account muscle. Muscular men can have a high bmi and be lean. ...Read more

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Is it healthy if my BMI says im overweight but its muscle with low body fat?

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Is it healthy if my BMI says im overweight but its muscle with low body fat?

Yes: Keep it up, so that this muscle mass won't turn into fat. The main idea is to be active and stay active as much as you can, eat healthy, sleep well, avoid alcohol and smoking,and enjoy your health, best wishes ...Read more

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Could it happen that a BMI calculator tell the difference between muscle and fat?

No: Bmi is simply a calculation based on height and weight. Since muscle weighs more than fat, muscular people will have higher bmis than normal. Body builders typically have bmis in the "obese" category (over 30), but they are not obese and many times have very low body fat. ...Read more

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What's your take on bmis? I know people who are more lean/muscle and are in the obesity range whereas im skinnyfat & "healthy" despite minimal muscle

What's your take on bmis? I know people who are more lean/muscle and are in the obesity range whereas im skinnyfat & "healthy" despite minimal muscle

BMI & body fat %.: The BMI reflects your weight with respect to your height, but as you suggested does not reflect body composition. People who are very muscular could have a higher BMI that would not be truly reflective of their fitness and health. Combining the BMI with a body fat percentage would greatly increase its accuracy. ...Read more

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How can I lower my BMI but increase muscle mass?

How can I lower my BMI but increase muscle mass?

High protein: If you decrease your food intake while raising your protein intake and doing high intensity resistance training, you should be able to decrease your weight and increase your lean weight. This is not easy to achieve both at the same time, but it is not impossible. ...Read more

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My BMI is like 24, close to overweight could I have a high BMI from high muscle mass?

Possibly: If you are fit, strong, have a waistline smaller than your hips, and have good eating habits, there is nothing to worry about. If you have been gaining weight and don't know why, don't wait until you are bmi-26, you may benefit from a preventive medical visit with blood work to identify any hormonal or metabolic risks, and a review of your diet. ...Read more

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I have normal BMI (21.9) but want to lose my belly. I'll go to the gym 6 days a week after exams to get fit (all muscles). What to do to slash it?

I have normal BMI (21.9) but want to lose my belly. I'll go to the gym 6 days a week after exams to get fit (all muscles). What to do to slash it?

Try these...: As recently appeared in US News and World Report, some of the best fat-burning foods include oatmeal, apples, almonds, chicken breast, egg whites and asparagus, certified fitness nutrition specialist Obi Obadike writes. He noted that fish oil and garlic also can help burn fat, as can adding brown rice and tomatoes to the menu. Don't forget to watch portions, cut alcohol & keep exercising. ...Read more

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Endura mass gainer builds fat or muscles?how many kgs will it increase? Is it recommended by u and FDA??my BMI s low..17..can I use it??plz answer

Endura mass gainer builds fat or muscles?how many kgs will it increase? Is it recommended by u and FDA??my BMI s low..17..can I use it??plz answer

Skip it: eat real food. per website 100gm supplies 400+ calories, but only 15gm protein,- not a very good ratio for your purposes. Lots of carbohydrates (lactose from milk, mostly maltodextrin, and table sugar). Take it and you will likely gain weight, but... ...Read more

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Bmi doesn't account for waist size and muscle tone. Why is it still used? At 5-9 170, i'd still be considered overweight...Ridiculous.

You're right: It is widely acknowledged that bmi doesn't tell the whole story - it's just a guide. It's particulary wrong in muscular, healthy people who have a high bmi but are not fat. Ignore it. ...Read more

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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more