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how does the body start using up stored fat/body fat?

how do i make my body start using bodyfat with out starving? is there any particular exercice, diet or any other way besides medical assistance (pills, etc.) ?

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Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which not only slows your metabolism but catabolizes lean tissues as well) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat. The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis). It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter. You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace. The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter – add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.) Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods. The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your calories high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up calories will be gone). The body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food. Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger insulin which can store the calories eaten into fat. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released. Simple carbs are addictive & can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want “something” – have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms & cheese – pork rinds & dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad – steaks – a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone & you can start making healthy choices. High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger & unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase muscle mass with high HGH levels. Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg – let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. Suggested for daily fiber needs. As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar & maintain weight or health.

How do I lose stubborn belly and thigh fat?

Hello, I’m a 24 year old female who is 5’4 and I weighs 108 lbs. I watch what I eat and I exercise daily. I’m having trouble getting my stomach to thighs to become thin. What could be causing this? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Your BMI suggests you are almost underweight (see it here –> http://www.calculator.net/bmi-calculator.html?ctype=standard&cage=24&csex=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=4&cpound=108&cheightmeter=180&ckg=60&x=31&y=16 ) . If you’re going to become a fanatic about fat loss, buy some calipers and measure your bodyfat percent. If you’re trying to get below about 12%, it’s going to be very difficult without starving yourself. You can try amping up the exrecise while eating your BMR (see it here –> http://www.calculator.net/bmr-calculator.html?ctype=standard&cage=24&csex=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=4&cpound=108&cheightmeter=180&ckg=60&cactivity=1&x=38&y=9 ) in calories per day or about 1225 cal/day. You’ll need to watch your macronutrients carefully to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition. For more on that, read my answer about how to eat here —> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlTDB0OPAGPzNFiPDNJ4QZXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111013033752AA48FJG . And, if you still don’t lose some of that fat, it’s not going to happen. If you eat your BMR daily you must be burning something and you don’t want it to be other than fat. For example, you don’t want to burn valuable organ and muscle tissue. And, if you do lose, you may find it too difficult to keep the fat gone because you’ll replace it with considerable ease. Fat is not your enemy. Your brain is…the way it’s been conditioned to think. A reasonable of amount of fat is not only necessary for health but can be very attractive when properly distributed. Check out these videos by a very, very bright 21 year old. –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEKBR9Q39a0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t54qB1ukYvU Good luck and good health!! ♠ PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful. • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/ • BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://riley.nal.usda.gov/ • ALL ABOUT FOOD http://www.mypyramid.gov/ • FOOD DATABASE http://nutritiondata.self.com/

How can a 13 year old get a six pack?

I’m a 13 year old athletic skater. I have 7.5% bodyfat but i’m stretchy(not flabby). How can i get a six pack in 3 weeks to impress my girlfriend at a pool party?

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your going to exercise like crap! do a lot of sit ups, and crunches, anything that targets your stomach. good luck tho! 🙂

I s this a healthy weight?

Weight: 127 lbs Height:5,4 Age: 13 Active all year round (football and triathlon)

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Yes… Bodyfat % is a better indicator than weight tho, especially in athletes like you.

how can i feel my abs?

I’m 5’10 and weigh 10.4 stone. I’ve lost 5 stone in half a year. I’ve read if you flex your abdomen and push on your stomach it should be hard and if it’s hard you have muscle there. Is that true? Yes I still do have a layer of fat but, I’m working on it by doing 100 crunches and situps every night. I forgot to mention when I first started I was 15.1 stone. I’ve been doing 30 minutes of running almost everyday.

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Firstly, you couldn’t of lost 5 stone in half a year, that’s basically impossible. Secondly, everyone has abdominal muscles, you just need to train your body and do muscle exercises for your abs in order to make them stronger and visible. Lastly, situps and crunches alone will NOT get your abdominals visible (depending on how much bodyfat you have). You need to do lots of cardio such as jogging, sprinting, swimming etc – basically any exercise which gets your heart pumping. Cardio will eat your fat away and your abs will become visible. However, diet is much more important than exercise. You need to be eating low fat, low carb and high protein food. You need to reach a caloric deficit which means you must eat under 500kcal each day and do at least 30 mins of cardio each day. You need to be burning more calories than you’re consuming each day. Keep doing abdominal exercises as well as cardio and you’ll see your abs.

How to take weight loss tape measurements?

I already got my height, weight, and bodyfat percentage. How do i take tape measurements? and where to i take them? thanks! 😀 nvmd. your doing it wrong JUST KIDDING HAHA thanks tho

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Watch my video,, i do it in there. And there might also be other things in there you find interesting 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/user/TodayIsTheDayy

How do i reduce bodyfat and not lose muscle?

i can clear around 6 km uphill everytime i run but i feel like i lose muscle everytime when i do it. How can i balance my cardio workout with my weights workout so i build muscle and lose fat? Thanks.

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To begin with, stay away from fats (aka low fat diet). You don’t say how long it takes for you to run 6 km so I can’t have an idea of your energetic expenditures. Try running 30 minutes at 5 mph every day and do workouts twice a week. Workouts aren’t going to build muscle unless you learn to eat strategically though.

What is the best way to get abs when I am doing everything already?

I am a vegetarian, I watch what I eat and I eat in moderation, and I exercise by doing cardio and lifting weights. I am a slim 156, but I have nothing to show for it. I would like to begin to get abs this summer, but I have been working on the classic “six pack” for a while and I have nothing. Please give suggestions or ways to best help me achieve a great physique. THANKS!

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Generally abs only even start to “come in” at very low levels of body fat. Pound per pound, vegetarians tend to have a higher body % percentage than those who are, what, ? Carnivorous? lol This maybe be true for you or it may not. It depends on what you’re eating. Vegetarians can get abs. There are vegetarian competitive body builders. You just have to work harder at the nutrition part. So, it’s impossible to give you a useful answer because I don’t know what your nutrition looks like nor what your bodyfat % is! Abs, and all muscles, are built primarily in the kitchen. You could do the perfect workout perfectly but if you aren’t getting proper nutrition you won’t see the results you’re after! The same thing for fat loss. We are what we eat! I’ll attach a link to a body fat calculator. It’s not entirely accurate but it will give you an idea of where you stand in terms of body fat percentage. Most women won’t see ab definition until around 18% give or take. Men below 11% ish. If your above those numbers – then cardio and a calorie deficit are the only things that will remove any fat covering up ab definition. Also be sure you have good core strength. Planks, deadlifts, squats are all good for developing core strength. You can crunch and run until 2020 but if you aren’t properly activating those muscles (because you can’t) you’ll see little if any change. This applies to all muscles – not just abs.

is creatine necessary for good gains in muscle?

I am a 16 year old male who weighs 120 lbs. I’m light but i have very little bodyfat on me making most of my mass muscle. It’s hard for me to gain muscle so i geuss i would fall under the hardgainers category. Is creatine necessary for me to gain more muscle?

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No, creatine is not necessary for muscle gains. In laymans terms, creatine is going to give you that extra boost to get an extra rep or two out of your workout. It is not in the same arena as steroids or testosterone boosters. The first item that you need to look at very closely is you diet and the timing of your meals. If you don’t feed you body the right foods at the right time, you can make it almost impossible to to put on muscle. Consider the following: — 6 meals per day — for you carbs, stay heavy on the complex and unrefined except for post workout. — make sure that you are taking in enough calories per day. If you are not gaining, increase your calorie coun by about 500 (clean calories) per day and try that for about 2-3 weeks. Check out the e-book: Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle by Tom Venuto. Good Luck!