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Where does fat go when you lose it?

Fat cells make up adipose tissues. Most fat in our body is stored in adipose tissue. It is true that we do not lose fat cells. Fat cells would only shrink in size. We do respiration all the time, ...
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How many Calories Deficit Equals 1 KG Loss, approximately

Burning 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of weight loss. To lose 1 kilogram of body weight, you would need to create a deficit of about 7,700 calories. As stated above, 3,500 calories equals about 1 ...
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How to reduce weight-caused man boobs (psuedogynaecomastia)?

No, gynecomastia is a hormonal condition in which mammary tissue develops and enlarges in a male. Pseudogynecomastia is the word for what you're describing. How do you know what you have is only ...
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Would excess body fat provide a significant survival/longevity advantage in a situation of sudden starvation?

Assuming no underlying health problems and similar muscle stores, the obese person would survive significantly longer. When eating normally, the body gets most of its energy from free glucose and ...
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Am I overweight? Bad self image...?

No, you are not overweight at all, and whoever told you it was a good idea to even consider a "diet" was very mistaken. Don't listen to them. At 120 pounds and 5'5", your Body Mass Index is 20.0, ...
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Considering obesity using BMI

All models are wrong, but some are useful. The same is true for the body mass index. In general, people with a higher BMI have a higher chance of getting obesity-related illnesses than those with a ...
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How does poor sleep cause circles under one's eyes?

These dark circles can likely be attributed to vascular network prominence caused by hollowing of the contents of the orbital rim, pigmentary changes in the periorbital area caused by extravasated ...
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Are there health risks associated with dropping to very low fat levels, as athletes often do?

There is a well documented association between strenuous exercise and menstrual irregularities in women. Some authors have argued this should not be considered pathological since the effect is ...
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What is the error on various body fat percentages?

Frankenfield and colleagues [1] reported an immense variation between BMI and BFP below a BMI of 30 (obese, or 25% BFP in men and 30% in women according to the same study). The r^2 value for ...
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Human body density statistics

Insulin Resistance, Body Weight, Obesity, Body Composition, and the Menopausal Transition (ScienceDirect, 2000) Because bone and muscle have greater density than water, a person with a larger ...
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Would a person with high body fat survive longer without food?

Scientific studies of individuals who have died of starvation are thankfully uncommon. However, an analysis of the literature published in 2001 provides evidence of a sort of "minimum BMI" ...
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What is the error on various body fat percentages?

I don't know if there are canonical references for these measurements. I've found a couple references that seem good enough for an order-of-magnitude estimate, though. Latour, A. W., Peterson, D. D., &...
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How efficient is the human metabolism at converting macronutrients to fat

In short, 1,000 excessive calories from food does not translate into 1,000 calories of body fat. The conversion rate is highest for fats and lowest for proteins and may greatly depend on genetics. 1) ...
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What is the impact of electrolyte intake on weight loss?

You asked for any evidence, and we have this paper, Increased salt consumption induces body water conservation and decreases fluid intake which is interpreted in this newspaper article. Essentially, ...
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Where does fat go when you lose it?

Does not really answer your question regarding where fat cells go when you lose weight as it has been already discussed previously by the previous posts, but I had to share the link to the video on "...
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Why omega-3/6 ratio is important?

The book Living a Century or More by William Cortvriendt MD, which has a lot of scientific sources that I don't have the expertise to judge but seem reliable, says in the subchapter "Omega-3 PUFAs and ...
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How does gallbladder removal affects fat digestion?

The bile is produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. After a meal, fats trigger gallbladder contraction, which results in the release of the bile into the small intestine. The bile helps ...
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Wearing a corset

1. Does wearing a corset have any disadvantages? Yes. The wearing of a corset for extended periods of time to maintain or reduce waist size is called tightlacing. It is commented (though nowhere I can ...
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Would excess body fat provide a significant survival/longevity advantage in a situation of sudden starvation?

Yes ... unless the fit person uses their advantage to kill and eat the other. This is probably the evolutionary cause of obesity: if you have an irregular food supply, it is sensible to build up a ...
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Is high metabolism a problem?

Home Bioimpediance First, let me start this answer by saying that available evidence suggests that home bioimpediance devices are wildly inaccurate. This study from Consumer Reports notes: Rating a ...
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Does caffeine reduce mass gaining by accelerating metabolism?

Answer: No Summary Metabolic effects of caffeine may vary depending on whether one is 'naive' to caffeine (infrequent user) or 'accustomed' to caffeine (daily user). Metabolic effects may also vary ...
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Benefits of tea in weight loss

So with everything related with diet there are two effects: whether a particularly diet affects what macronutrients you eat, and the effect of the food itself. According to NHS advice green tea in ...
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Can Protein and low calories vegetables(kale, spinach) be used as sole source of energy?

Going on such a diet (one that is void of fat) for sustained periods of time is simply not possible. Fat is an essential macronutrient your body needs. Never go on a diet that is void of fat. Fat is ...
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Does tightening abdominal muscles reduce abdominal fat?

conscious tighten abdominal muscles would help me reduce abdominal fat. No it wont. Does tightening abdominal muscles all the time not harm my body? To build muscle you essentially need to damage ...
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Exercise vs Fasting: Which is better for weight loss?

A mathematical model has been created to examine the relationship between diet and exercise with respect to weight loss; Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight. The NIH has ...
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Which kind of muscle has greatest resting metabolic rate; big muscle, or strong muscle?

Background: Basal Metabolic Rate is the minimal rate of energy expenditure per unit time by endothermic animals at rest. Several BMR equations exist but the most notable one was the Harris-Benedict ...
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Considering obesity using BMI

Let's not conflate two different problems with BMI here. One the one hand you can have a low body fat percentage and still have a high BMI, but that only applies to body builders who exercise at a ...
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Disadvantages of Running in Night after dinner

Immediately after dinner - No. The body is re-directing a significant amount of blood to your stomach region to deal with the dinner you just had. Therefore, a run would not be advisable. You ...
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What to eat when you are a skinny fat?

More physical activity would very probably be a good idea. Body fat distribution has genetic determinants, and you cannot really target a body area for fat reduction. Conversely, exercising can have ...
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What is the mechanism of action of tamoxifen and other SERMs on Gynecomastia?

According to this review article: Estradiol and, to lesser degree, other estrogens, increase proliferation of breast epithelium and stroma and, consequently, increase the chances of mutation in ...
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