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Hard belly sticking out(pot belly).Iv always had a belly like that.Its hard&sticks out when standing&flat laying. Visceral fat or weak muscles?

Hard belly sticking out(pot belly).Iv always had a belly like that.Its hard&sticks out when standing&flat laying. Visceral fat or weak muscles?

Belly fat?: Good question. The answer probably depends on your weight, specifically your bmi. The bmi is a calculation based on your weight and height and it its greater than 25 you are considered overweight and your protuberant abdomen is more likely belly fat. If your bmi is less than 25 then the problem may be weak abdominal muscles. Good luck! ...Read more

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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