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

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?

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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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 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 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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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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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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How do I build muscle mass without losing wieght and avoid low blood sugars. I am t1 diabetic and have low BMI ?

How do I build muscle mass without losing wieght and avoid low blood sugars. I am t1 diabetic and have low BMI ?

Caloric intake.: This is a very delicate dance, involving the timing of your medications (basal and bolts), timing of exercise and timing and composition of meals before and after exercise. You should certainly eat a good mixed meal right after exercise to avoid hypoglycemia, and you may want to sip on a carbohydrate drink during exercise, too - not a lot, but just to keep some calories in. ...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