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This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by RyRyMini My height/weight ratio is (I believe) in the normal range at 5'8/125 pounds, but I'm not ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyRyMini View Post
    My height/weight ratio is (I believe) in the normal range at 5'8/125 pounds, but I'm not happy with my figure, particularly fat around the love handles area. My eating habits admittedly are not the best, though the amount of calories I eat isn't super high - I'd say I average about 1300-1500 daily.

    I've tried adding in various exercises in addition to cutting calories even further, adding protein, etc, but I'm not getting results. Is there any advice you guys have in working to lose this fat? I'm not really looking for a number decrease or increase on the scale, but rather in having my lower back/hips be slimmer. I know the way to lose weight is to burn more calories than one consumes, but I still feel as though I'm missing something...
    At your height and weight, you have a BMI of 19 when the lower of the normal range is 18.5 and higher 24.9. At this point, the best thing you can do is exercise, and don't restrict your calories. Aim to add muscle instead, because your body fat % is probably at good ranges and by adding some muscle you will give better definition and the extra fat will be used up eventually as an energy source for both exercising and having more muscle (muscles need a lot of energy even at rest). Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazoo View Post
    Is there a difference between doing 10 push ups fives times a day vs just doing 50 push ups once a day?

    Does excercising throughout the day rather then all at once matter? Is it bad? Good?
    For awhile I did my pullups in 3 sets of 4 with like a 3 second interval and when I did a straight pullup push to see how many I could do it was rather weak (10). When I started pushing to doing max pullups and eventually all 12 per set at once my straight pullup push jumped to ~20. I felt much stronger pushing my numbers higher.

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    Alright, my question is-

    ls there a reason a person would experience extreme fatigue when attempting to build muscle?


    l've never had this issue after doing cardio, but after my last few times using very light weights on the machines, l've been nearly disoriented for a few hours afterward.

    l considered low blood sugar, which l often have anyway, so l correct that afterward, however it seems to just leave serious strain on my body and even leave me clumsy and unable to walk properly for a day or so afterward

    70 pound weights for lower body, and a 30 pound tricep press (sometimes even 20). The tricep press seems to trigger the fatigue most, at least yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady O.W. Bro View Post
    Alright, my question is-

    ls there a reason a person would experience extreme fatigue when attempting to build muscle?


    l've never had this issue after doing cardio, but after my last few times using very light weights on the machines, l've been nearly disoriented for a few hours afterward.

    l considered low blood sugar, which l often have anyway, so l correct that afterward, however it seems to just leave serious strain on my body and even leave me clumsy and unable to walk properly for a day or so afterward

    70 pound weights for lower body, and a 30 pound tricep press (sometimes even 20). The tricep press seems to trigger the fatigue most, at least yesterday.
    Simplest explanation is you're doing more than your legs can handle atm, fatigue could be from low calories.
    Now the long version, which I typed first. =P

    It could be so many things... Low iron(or other minerals involved in iron transport), low b vitamins, low calories. Remember that building muscle takes more food than you're probably used to. I remember when I went too low on calories a while back, I became clumsy and such as well. Low hemoglobin might be a reason heavier workload could get to you. If you want a quick check just look at your lips: they're supposed to be a nice pretty pink from the blood flow, if you're low you can still see pink but it'll be more pale/ less vibrant. It never hurts to take a b complex since they're water soluble and hard to overdo if you drink enough water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_natrix View Post
    Simplest explanation is you're doing more than your legs can handle atm, fatigue could be from low calories.
    Now the long version, which I typed first. =P

    It could be so many things... Low iron(or other minerals involved in iron transport), low b vitamins, low calories. Remember that building muscle takes more food than you're probably used to. I remember when I went too low on calories a while back, I became clumsy and such as well. Low hemoglobin might be a reason heavier workload could get to you. If you want a quick check just look at your lips: they're supposed to be a nice pretty pink from the blood flow, if you're low you can still see pink but it'll be more pale/ less vibrant. It never hurts to take a b complex since they're water soluble and hard to overdo if you drink enough water.
    Thanks.

    Oh my, l've seen other women around my general size lifting 150-190 lbs for the lower body (it's the hip adductor/abductor machines).

    l really had no ultimate weight lifting goal in mind, mostly just trying to tone so l wasn't expecting the extreme post workout hunger when that first hit, because l guess l just didn't realize how much energy

    it takes. l've been in the habit of eating 6 hard-boiled eggs afterward, and for awhile just loading up on whatever l could because l became so hungry.

    l did start a multi vitamin recently, l think l'm just going to make it a point to to make the workouts after 8 PM or so, so that l have time to uh....let my body do whatever it does until it gets used to it (fall asleep, likely)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    At your height and weight, you have a BMI of 19 when the lower of the normal range is 18.5 and higher 24.9. At this point, the best thing you can do is exercise, and don't restrict your calories. Aim to add muscle instead, because your body fat % is probably at good ranges and by adding some muscle you will give better definition and the extra fat will be used up eventually as an energy source for both exercising and having more muscle (muscles need a lot of energy even at rest). Just my 2 cents.
    I wouldn't place too much faith in those BMI calculators unless they allow for age & several body measurements.

    I tried this site Body-Mass Index, Waist-to-Height Ratio and More... but I think it could be more accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazing grasshopper View Post
    I wouldn't place too much faith in those BMI calculators unless they allow for age & several body measurements.

    I tried this site Body-Mass Index, Waist-to-Height Ratio and More... but I think it could be more accurate.
    BMI doesn't have age and other body measurements though in its equation.
    And the main problem with BMI is that it doesn't account for body composition, but that is usually a problem in higher ranges when someone could have increased muscle mass and be deemed overweight, when he's not. But, that's why BMI is used only as a screening tool and not for diagnosing anything. In the case of BMI 19 it's very unlikely to have so much increased bf% that you'll be overweight in terms of body fat...

    I used this site you linked and it calculated 25% bf for me when I have over 35% because I have slim waist and huge butt and thighs, lol. Of course waist fat is more dangerous but still that's kinda lousy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    BMI doesn't have age and other body measurements though in its equation.
    And the main problem with BMI is that it doesn't account for body composition, but that is usually a problem in higher ranges when someone could have increased muscle mass and be deemed overweight, when he's not. But, that's why BMI is used only as a screening tool and not for diagnosing anything. In the case of BMI 19 it's very unlikely to have so much increased bf% that you'll be overweight in terms of body fat...

    I used this site you linked and it calculated 25% bf for me when I have over 35% because I have slim waist and huge butt and thighs, lol. Of course waist fat is more dangerous but still that's kinda lousy.
    I didn't like that it estimated my BMI as being 28.4

    I located a BMI calculator ( Diet Calculator, Body Fat Calculator ) that includes 4 body measurements but I think the percentage of body fat is on the low side.
    Enter your height, weight, and other information, then click the "Calculate" button.
    English Units Metric Units
    Height feet inches centimeters
    Weight pounds kilograms
    Waist inches centimeters
    Neck inches centimeters
    Hips (Female) inches centimeters
    Sex Male Female
    Level
    of
    Activity
    sedentary Passive activities:
    Watching TV, working on the computer, reading, driving a car
    moderate Lively activities:
    One hour per day walking, swimming, jogging, tennis
    active Vigorous activities:
    Two hours or more per day moving furniture or playing sports


    Last edited by stargazing grasshopper; 06-02-2014 at 01:53 PM. Reason: moved to pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by stargazing grasshopper View Post
    I didn't like that it estimated my BMI as being 28.4

    I located a BMI calculator ( Diet Calculator, Body Fat Calculator ) that includes 4 body measurements but I think the percentage of body fat is on the low side.

    ...
    This site actually got me 35% bf hah. Are you a bodybuilder or athlete? Are you sure you put everything correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Panda View Post
    This site actually got me 35% bf hah. Are you a bodybuilder or athlete? Are you sure you put everything correctly?
    Yes; I double checked my measurements as per that site's recommendations & I'm sure that I entered my measurements correctly.
    I've always been athletic, I workout nearly every other day but I don't consider myself a body builder. Merely a home fitness enthusiast.


     
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