Your Questions About Fitness

John asks…

Lifting weights to build muscle and help with weight loss?

Well, I’m planning on starting a diet/workout routine, and I’ve heard that if you lift weights and build some muscle first, you burn calories faster and more efficiently. We have an elliptical, so I’ll be doing cardio on that, and I believe my mom has some of those little one arm weights hanging around somewhere. For someone who’s never done this sort of exercise, what weight should I start with, how should I do my workout, for how long, and how often? I’m 15 and about 40 lbs overweight for my height, and any advice is appreciated!

The Expert answers:

Don’t listen to the first girl.

It’s an awesome way. Just start with 5 lbs and use them with lunges and what not too..(makes it tons harder) you will see results.

After 5lbs get too hard…go to 10 lbs weights.

5 lbs in each hand…you think it’s not too much…but it’s good til you get used to it.

Good Luck! Enjoy the muscles and tone 🙂

Laura asks…

How to build muscle and tone?

Im a 15 year old male,skinny and i want to build muscle and muscle tone. I do not eat any fruit but i eat all my vegetables, i want to know what would be good for building muscle at my age apart fron using weights because that would stump my growth. Please answer this it would be much appreciated.

The Expert answers:

First up, weightlifting will not stunt your growth – it’s a myth, and anyone who says different really has no idea what they’re talking about.

All that aside, if you’re just up for getting healthier and adding a little muscle, and don’t fancy the gym, try ‘You are your own Gym’ by Mark Lauren. There’s a book, available at Amazon and other book sellers, and apps for most smartphones too. It’ll get you exercising progressively. If you’re really out of shape, even the basic workouts will be hard going, but stick with it and it’ll get easier. Only 25-40 minutes or so of your time, 4-5 times a week, so not too much commitment, too soon. There’s a website with a forum too, to answer questions and help motivate you.

All bodyweight exercises throughout, using a few basic items – you might find one of those telescopic pull up bars useful for ‘let me ups’ if you don’t have a handy desk or similar you can use(and the bar is utilised for ordinary pullups too, of course!).

There are four ten week programs of increasing difficulty, and the workouts are nice and varied too, so boredom doesn’t really enter into it. Well worth a try, in my opinion (I’m still using the book and app, really enjoy it).

Paul asks…

What is the best diet for female bodybuilding?

I am trying to bodybuild but it is more like figure building rather than building muscle. I have been told to eat about 40% of my body weight in protein and no more thatn 25 grams of fat a day. Any suggestions on suppliments or food options?

The Expert answers:

Pick up one of those body building magazines, they have lots of articles on diet and vitamins.

Mary asks…

So they say you need 40 minutes of exercise before you begin to burn fat?

Can you give me more detail on this?

How long during your exercise are you burning fat after the initial weight loss?

If you eat a lot of carbs before exercise, do you burn carbs longer than the usual 40 minutes?

Are you burnig muscle after a certain period of time or building muscle if you do a high intensity exercise?

The Expert answers:

Most answers you will get here are not from experts. I would suggest that you go download Mike Geary’s acclaimed weight loss and abs getting ebook at .

Sandy asks…

What are the reps and sets I should be doing to build muscle?

Im 16 5’11” and weigh 141 lbs. I want to build muscle but am not sure what types of reps and sets I should be doing. I can bench around 115 lbs. Any help works…

The Expert answers:

All depends but just go to and look at workout plans. I would do 3 sets 8-12 reps per set. Split your workouts up, here is how mine goes:

monday – chest tri
tuesday – legs
wed – back bicep
thurs shoulders / trap
fri – cardio abs

sat sunday off

everyday i do cardio and abs.. The days I have workouts, example, monday, I do about 20 mins cardio. So M-TH 20mins cardio. Friday is all cardio / abs so 40 mins cardio

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Your Questions About Fitness

Linda asks…

Has anyone with poly cystic ovarian syndrome ever tried the south beach diet?

I have pcos and was wondering if this diet was successful for anyone with my same issues? Any thing you can tell me that helped for you would be a big help. I am struggling with my weight and trying to find something that works.

The Expert answers:

The “south beach diet” designed by cardiologist Arthur Agatston, is a version/modification of the “low glycemic index diet” (or low GI diet) developed by Dr. David J. Jenkins, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto. It is the low GI element of the south beach diet which makes it effective in controlling PCOS, the other parts of the diet are aimed at heart health rather than PCOS.

So both of these diets have been shown to be effective at controlling PCOS, and the associated weight gain. The reason is this: PCOS is caused by something called insulin resistance. This means that your body doesn’t respond to insulin quite the way it should, and so insulin levels are elevated (especially after eating). It is elevated insulin that causes the tendency to put on weight easily. Alas the elevated insulin also messes with your ovaries, preventing follicles to launch their eggs properly and thereby reducing progesterone levels. Your body tries to fix this by raising the levels of a hormone called luteinising hormone (LH), but this causes the ovaries to make too much testosterone (which causes most of the other typical PCOS symptoms).

A low GI diet (or diets like the south beach diet which include this) helps to reduce insulin levels by avoiding those carbs which lead to insulin spikes/elevated insulin. When insulin levels return to normal, then PCOS symptoms go away. Note that to keep PCOS under control, you need to remain permanently on the diet.

Another dietary element that can be combined with a low GI diet is a diet rich in d chiro inositol or DCI. This natural substance also reduces insulin levels. Hummus is my recommendation, because chick peas have a low GI and are high in DCI. And because hummus is yummy 🙂

Failing the diet approach, and depending on your body mass index, a drug called metformin can also be used to reduce insulin levels and hence control PCOS. Many women on metformin lose a lot of weight very rapidly.

Donald asks…

What size clothes would you say are really skinny~skinny~slim and so on?

what clothes sizes would you say are;
really skinny

and what size do you think is the best ?

(for women)

The Expert answers:

Really skinny – Sizes 00 – 2
Skinny – Sizes 2 – 6
Slim – Sizes 6 – 8
Okay – Sizes 8 – 10
“Average” – 10 – 12
Over-weight – 14+ ( based on a 5″5 height )

I would say for someone who is the average height a size 9 is the perfect & healthy size. People have different bone shapes though & some might have bigger hips than others. The best way to determine if you are a healthy size for your height is to check your BMI ( Body Mass Index )

Chris asks…

What is the normal weight for a thirteen year old girl?

I’m a little over five foot.
118 pounds…just weighed myself.
No! I would never starve myself. That’s horrible. I just wanted to know if I need MORE excersize.

The Expert answers:

Your weight depend on your muscle mass. Muscle weighs 2x more than fat. What is most important is your B.M.I (body mass index) For a women Your body B.M.I. Should not exceed 25% or be under 10%.

If you are in good shape and workout 110-130lbs is a good range, but remember there is no such thing as normal it’s what ever is right for you and how you feel.

Mary asks…

How many pounds should you gain when your are pregnant?

I feel like am gaining more than ever, I am around 28 weeks before I was pregnant I was 170 now i am 230 really bad. hey but my husband still loves me (lol!)
i gain most of the weight on my breasts
nop no twins for me but am 8 months
170 is not overweight i mean i don’t think it is.

The Expert answers:

Weight Gain During Pregnancy
You’re pregnant, right? So you get to eat as many french fries as you want, right? Wrong! Be careful about how much weight you gain during your pregnancy. Gaining too much or too little can be harmful to you and your baby. How many pounds you need to add depends on how much you weigh when you become pregnant.

Gaining the right amount of weight helps protect the health of your baby. Women who gain too little are at increased risk of having a small baby (less than 5 1/2 pounds). Women who gain too much are at increased risk of having an early baby or a large baby. They may also have health problems themselves such as diabetes, high blood pressure and varicose veins.

If you began pregnancy at a normal weight, you should gain 25–35 pounds over the nine months. Adding about 300 extra calories a day to your diet will help you reach this goal. (One extra healthy snack, such as four fig bars and a glass of skim milk, will provide these calories.) Most women gain four to six pounds in the first trimester, and then average a pound a week in the second and third trimesters.

If you began pregnancy underweight, you should probably gain a little more. That’s because underweight women are more likely to have small babies. A 28- to 40-pound gain is usually recommended. Try to gain slightly over a pound a week in the second and third trimesters.

If you began pregnancy overweight, you should gain only 15–25 pounds. This means you should put on one pound every two weeks in the second and third trimesters. While you don’t want to gain too much weight, you should never try to lose weight during pregnancy because that could harm your baby.
If you’re expecting twins, you should probably gain a total of 35–45 pounds. That translates into about 1 1/2 pounds a week in the last two trimesters.

To find out if you were underweight or overweight before pregnancy, learn your Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

Putting on weight slowly and steadily is best. But don’t worry if you gain less than four pounds in the first trimester, and make up for it later, or vice versa. Also, many women have one or two “growth spurts” during which they gain several pounds in a short time period, then level off. Again, this is not worrisome unless it becomes a pattern. The important thing is to keep an eye on your overall gain. You can use the weight-gain tracking chart to follow your progress.

Where does it all go?
Approximate breakdown of a weight gain of 29 pounds

Blood 3 pounds
Breasts 2 pounds
Womb 2 pounds
Baby 7.5 pounds
Placenta 1.5 pounds
Amniotic fluid 2 pounds
Fat, protein & other nutrients 7 pounds
Retained water 4 pounds

George asks…

How many calories am I suppose to consume?

Hey, I am kind of confuse because some pages say I am suppose to consume 1,200 calories others go as far as 2,000calories…I am 16, 5’2 and weight 95 pounds, as you can tell I don’t wish to lose anymore weight but I run in a machine for 20 min each day and I don’t know how many calories that burns either, besides the fact that I am always active…could you tell me how many calories should I eat?

The Expert answers:

At 16 I honestly don’t know but you may want to check out a site like

Methods of determining caloric needs

There are many different formulas you can use to determine your caloric maintenance level by taking into account the factors of age, sex, height, weight, lean body mass, and activity level. Any formula that takes into account your lean body mass (LBM) will give you the most accurate determination of your energy expenditure, but even without LBM you can still get a reasonably close estimate.

The “quick” method (based on total bodyweight)

A fast and easy method to determine calorie needs is to use total current body weight times a multiplier.

Fat loss = 12 – 13 calories per lb. Of bodyweight
Maintenance (TDEE) = 15 – 16 calories per lb. Of bodyweight
Weight gain: = 18 – 19 calories per lb. Of bodyweight

This is a very easy way to estimate caloric needs, but there are obvious drawbacks to this method because it doesn’t take into account activity levels or body composition. Extremely active individuals may require far more calories than this formula indicates. In addition, the more lean body mass one has, the higher the TDEE will be. Because body fatness is not accounted for, this formula may greatly overestimate the caloric needs if someone is extremely overfat. For example, a lightly active 50 year old woman who weighs 235 lbs. And has 34% body fat will not lose weight on 3000 calories per day (255 X 13 as per the “quick” formula for fat loss).
There is more about this at

As for how many calories you are burning you may want to check out one of the sites that allows you to put in the activity, your weight and such and it will tell you how many calories a specific activity will burn.

Some of those sites are:

There are tons of sites out there with online calculators to figure out how many calories you are burning with a specific activity.

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Your Questions About Fitness

David asks…

What kinds of workouts can I perform at home?

I don’t own a threadmill or an elliptical machine, and because I have a young baby at home, it is very difficult for me to get to the gym. What are some sorts of exercises/workouts that I can perform at home with just my ipod and floor to burn some calories?

The Expert answers:

Hi I work for a health video website called which has thousands of videos on a wide variety of health topics. Here are the links to two videos on our site that demonstrate home exercise programs:

Hope this helps!

Donald asks…

How can I get a good strenght and agility workout at home?

Im 14, 6’0, and 156 lbs. I started doing pushups 3 weeks ago and my arms have been getting bigger but i dont know any other excersises but Situps and Pushups. How can I get a good full body workout at home. Also, how can i become more agile.
– I only have a yoga mat at home.
– Does agility help your speed? If not than what does and how can I get faster?

The Expert answers:

Go to www . Bodyrock . Tv (remove spaces) it has daily exercise routines, fitness/diet tips, and its very effective! 🙂

Robert asks…

What are some strength exercises I can do at home, with out equipment?

I don’t currently have a gym membership, but I still want to workout at home. What are some good exercises I can do at home without equipment (or very inexpensive equipment.) Things like squats, lunges, push ups, sit ups/crunches. What else can I do?
I’m not concerned about cardio, I can go running or biking outside. I’m wondering more about strength training.

The Expert answers:

Get a fitness/exercise magazine. They usually have really good tips and show u what to do. Good luck!!

Paul asks…

What fitness equipment should I get?

I would like to lose 50 lbs. I’ve already got my diet changed and have been sticking with that for the past 2 months or so and it seems to be working. Now I am looking into buying some fitness equipment so I can get in good workouts at home (I have no intention of joining a gym) and I would like to know which stuff works best. Treadmill, elliptical, jump rope? Whatever is the most effective for weight loss really. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

The Expert answers:


The honest answer to this question is very dependent upon you. There is no one size fits all equipment option that best suits you needs.

For the intro user I would highly suggest cardio equipment. While a treadmill can help you lose weight quickly, the impact on your joints (knees, hips, and lower back) can be more substantial versus an elliptical trainer, or a recumbent bike.

For the most intense workout and to shed weight the most effective way I would recommend products that incorporate total body movement to allow parts of your body to be exercised and all your muscles to burn fat.

In my personal option you should take a look at indoor rowers, Jacobs Ladder, and possibly a VersaClimber.
P.S. If you want the most intense workout at home, you can invest in a StairMaster Stepmill – depending on your cardio level 15-30 minutes will be enough to make you cry 🙂

Sharon asks…

How can someone get a good workout from home when they dont have money to buy exercise equiment and videos?

You see I have just started a diet and need to workout but I dont have anyway of getting to a gym or buying equiment to work out on. I also dont have a way of getting videos to workout by either.

The Expert answers:

Buying some free weights is a good idea and if you are just looking to tone they do not have to be heavy. 3 to 5 pounds each is enough. This will be great for your upper body. For lower body squats and lunges are wonderful for your thighs and butt. Deadlifts are great for your hamstrings. Stand with knees slightly bent, hold one weight in each hand and bend over from the waist keeping your back very straight. Bend as far as you can letting weights hang towards the floor. Slowly come up and repeat 12 to 15 times. On the last one hold the weights down there and do ten tiny pulses up and down. Do two to three sets like that and you will feel it in the backs of your thighs the next day.
There are many things to do for your legs that don’t require equipment but it would take so much room to explain them all. Try reading fitness magazines, they always have great ideas.

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Your Questions About Fitness

John asks…

running plan from fitness magazine, october 2006?

i saw a running schedule in the october issue of fitness magazine at my gym, and when i went to purchase the magazine, there were none left! if anyone could tell me what this plan is, i would be greatly apreciative! i am against shopping online. if you plan to poke fun at this, dont bother leaving a comment. thanks for all your help!! 🙂

The Expert answers:

The Fitness Magazine website has a section on running. I’m not sure if it is the same as the issue you saw, but hopefully it is helpful for you:;jsessionid=TYKVMYMC2VLNLQFIBQSCCAQ?categoryid=/templatedata/fitness/category/data/1156343516987.xml

Mandy asks…

Help! URGENT! how do you cancel Fitness Magazine order?

i really need help! i accidentally ordered this magazine and i cant figuree out how to cancel that order!!!!!!!!!!!!! i really need your help!
the magazine is called Fitness Magazine

this is the website:

The Expert answers:

Email them and tell them you want to cancel. Or see if there is an 800# and call them.

William asks…

Can anyone tell me which Fitness Magazine brings schedule for weekly work out to lose weight???

It could also be a good website….


The Expert answers:

Fitness Mag has a new one every month and they work! I have done them and saw excellent results.

Betty asks…

Men’s fitness/health magazine?

Hi Guys,

Please suggest me good fitness magazine which covers, diet, workouts,repetitions,sets,protein intake,fast mass building tips etc. The reason why I am asking is : I am working out since 6 months ,,no gains at all. I really appreciate for providing the magazines names which really helped you to get good shape.

Thanks and Regards,

The Expert answers:

Keep in mind that these magazines exist for the purpose of selling advertising.

Daniel asks…

how can i purchase an older Muscle & Fitness magazine?

The Expert answers:

Call the publisher to see if they have any back issues many do and will sell them to you. Else search ebay or body building forums

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Your Questions About Fitness

Donald asks…

Teenager in search for good fitness tips?

I’m 16 and I am really looking forward to changing my “look” over the summer and have done a lot of things to improve my overall fitness. I joined a gym, Planet Fitness, and have been going a lot to work on most of the muscles in my body. I’m not overweight, nor do I have much excess fat but I do have parts of the body which I’d like to reduce and/or improve;

One being my butt, for a guy, I have a pretty big one (not Beyonce big but bigger than average), but I have a thin, slim waist which looks somewhat funny. I also have fat in my chest area, hence the objects which I know aren’t but I still consider as “man boobs.” I don’t have A cups, less than that but enough for me to notice.

I’d like to know if my current exercise is good enough. I eat about 800 calories a day. 200 breakfast, 300 school lunch. I burn off 600 calories right after school. I’m wondering if its good to burn more than you eat. And what else can you recommend me to do with my exercise that will improve such things?

The Expert answers:

Do sit ups

Robert asks…

I really need some diet and fitness tips? Even small tips are welcome.?

First off I guess I should give you a few bits of key information about my body shape etc.
Height: 5’4ft.
Weight: 119 pounds.
Bust/Waist/Hip: 35/26/34

I’m really not happy with my body at the moment, I know I’m smack in the middle of a healthy BMI but my body is seriously making me miserable. I really want to loose some weight and am aiming for 110 pounds, thing is I am really stuck. I drink loads of water, eight glasses a day on average, and have cut out any fizzy drinks or binge foods. (Though I do allow myself one day where I can treat myself). I’ve started a new exercise routine of going for a 20 minute run every week-day and then doing 20 sit-ups and the bridge for 60 seconds. But at the moment I am not seeing results and would really like some quick tips on how to tone up my body and loose some extra-weight. It’s really getting me down right now and even though I’m not over weight I feel fat and ugly. I start college in September and would like to be at my desired weight by then.
Any tips will be welcome and five stars for the chosen answer. Thanks 🙂

The Expert answers:

Try adding some mild weight training. That’ll increase your metabolism and help you burn more calories when you run/jog. Also try to eliminate that treat-day. You probably don’t realize how bad those days hurt your overall progress. By eating sugar you raise your insulin levels and lower your glucagon levels. Insulin is used to store sugar as fat and glucagon is used to do the opposite. Each time you nibble on a sugary-treat you’re basically telling your body to go into “build-fat” mode, which is counter productive for your goals.

Water = good
Cardio = good
Ab workouts = good

Results do take a while, just be patient you’ll start seeing them soon enough.

Betty asks…

looking for some fitness tips?

looking for some exercises to tone and strengthen arms, chest and abs by just using my own body weight (i dont have time to go to the gym regularly).
my cardio is okay, cuz usually i jog.
and i dont have a chinup bar or any equiptment.
any suggestions? reps? times per week? time?

The Expert answers:

Arms and chest –
Push-ups (vary incline by placing feet on a chair or by leaning on something. This works different parts of the body).
Reps- Start with 3 reps of 30 for the standard ones and then whatever you can do of the inclines.

Lower Arm –
Use broom handle or hammer etc. Hold in hand as you would a hammer, keep arm straight down by side and bending only at the wrist raise and lower. Reverse the grip to work different muscles.
Reps- As many as you can do on each arm and each muscle.

Sit-ups-Use lounge or cupboard to secure feet. Keep knees bent approx 90 degrees. Place outstretched hands on thighs and raise til your wrists are on top of your knees.
Reps- Again start with 3 x 30 and adjust to suit.

Crunches-Lay on floor with your calves on lounge/chair etc. So that your upper legs are perpendicular to your body. Inhale and hold the breath (this helps support your spine). Lift your head and shoulders in a rolling method pushing your chin into your chest. At the same time squeeze all the muscles in your abs and hold this for approx. 6 seconds. Release, lay back and relax all your muscles for approx. 10 seconds and repeat.
Reps- Do after situps so your muscles are warm. Do as many as you can.

As far as how often, try to stagger your training through the week. You need to give the muscles time to recover. An example is – Monday = Abs, Tuesday = Arms and chest, Wed = Cardio (jogging etc.) Thursday = rest.

Hope this helps.

Jenny asks…

A question to all mtf transexuals about fitness?

What are some exercises or fitness/nutrition tips/regimes that you used to get a more feminine body and shape?

The Expert answers:

Actually I have lucked out and my body looks pretty female on its own. I eat healthy though, avoid snack foods, eat 3 times a day, and get exercise by walking mostly. Just look up female exercises online and do what regular women do, its the most effective thing. If your not on hormone replacement therapy it will take longer, but is still very doable.

Nancy asks…

Y!A Fitness tips!?

If you’ve got some good
Tips and tricks on fitness, post them here!
Whether it’s to do with exercising or
Eating healthy, share your stuff!

Once lot’s of people have added their own tips and tricks,
This will be a big long thread full of tips and advice!

*Star if you think this is a good idea*

The Expert answers:


I advise you to drink green tea 1-3 glasses per day
green tea speeds up your metabolism
drink lots and lots of water 8 glasses each day.
Do not snack
go on the half off diet only eat half of what you would usually eat and give or throw the rest away
if you are really hungry and you’ve had all your daily meals snack on fruits ( oranges, apples, bananas )
exercise more try and run for at least 30 minutes a day
get more active
get more sleep it prepares your body
stretch, yes it works and it doesn’t just help you lose weight it helps with you’re growing to make you a little taller
count your calories try to stay under the amount of 1300 calories per day
change you’re lifestyle it makes a difference
do not eat candy or chips eat more greens or protein bars
avoid fast food and cut out fried food when you cook your meal oven cook your food do not fry it
chew gum because when you chew gum you do not pick at food for example if theres some chips in you’re cupboard you go to them a think good damn they look good then you would say no i cant pick at them because i dont wanna throw my gum away
do not eat after 6pm because before 6pm you can burn all you’re food off and if you eat after six it will lay on you’re stomach as you eat.
Do not eat before you go to sleep
drink a glass of water before you go to sleep
eat spicy food, if you can because it speeds up you’re metabolism
do not weigh you’re self everyday because it torments you,weight you’re self once a week ( every Monday )
good luck!
You can safley lose 2 to 3 lbs. A week

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Your Questions About Fitness

Ken asks…

what’s the best way to burn calories without building muscle?

am trying to lose weight through healthy food and my exercise bike, but am worried i might be building muscles in my legs, cuz every woman in my family who used to do sports and built muscles looks fat just cuz of the muscles left
so how do i burn my calories without getting buffed?

The Expert answers:


it helped me no muscles were built but did burn calories

Sharon asks…

Can working out and building muscle make it harder to skateboard?

I like to skateboard and skate a lot. I like to do tricks and grinds and all that since I was younger. The onyl thing I am worried about is this. I want to work out and build some muscle mass. Will this make it harder to skate?

The Expert answers:

Who cares about skateboarding? Instead of grinding rails and stairs, grind sexy women in the club, Short answer, YES< and you will be happy to lose interest in skatboarding.

Betty asks…

Can women not get bulky without horomone supplements?

Heard women can’t build much muscle naturally, ever proportion for size compared to men because of lack of testerone. Maybe thats why alot of strongwomen tend to be 160-185lbs. Strongmen tend to be 290-300 lbs.

The Expert answers:

No, women can not get bulky without hormone supplements, since Testosterone is required to build muscle, of which women have very low levels naturally….

Donna asks…

Is it true that muscles and bones weight more then fat?

I thought that building muscle made you lose weight? I heard for every so much muscle you build you lose a pound or something. Can someone clear this up for me?
I meant to put weighs sorry.

The Expert answers:

Muscles are twice as dense as fat. One cup of muscle weighs twice as much as one cup of fat. So you can also see that if you had 10 pounds of muscle that would be twice as lean/thin as 10 pounds of fat. One cup of fat weighs the same as a half cup of muscle.

The number on the scale means nothing, your body fat percentage is the only number that matters. If you lower your body fat percentage, you get thinner and healthier – even if your weight is the same.

It makes sense that bone would weigh more than fat as well, but I don’t know that ratio.

So many people don’t understand the basic ways our body functions. Please share this information with others . . .

Muscle is your body’s engine. Fat and calories are your body’s fuel.

When you build more muscle you increase the size of your engine, which will then consume more fuel. Think of a 4 cylinder engine in a Honda Civic versus an 8 or 10 cylinder engine in a large truck. Which burns more gas/fuel?

When you crash diet the first thing you lose is muscle. Your body thinks there is a famine (lack of available food), so it reduces the size of your engine to conserve fuel.

This means that when you go back to eating normally you will gain more fat more quickly, because your body has less capacity to burn fuel. It has less muscle than before, it has a smaller engine.

This also means that the next time you crash diet you will see less weight loss. (Your body doesn’t have excess muscle to shed, and you have less muscle to consume fat to start with)

When you do resistance training you will often gain weight at first. Most women get discouraged when they see this and use it as an excuse to quit. But that weight you are gaining is muscle. That new muscle will then begin to burn fuel (fat and calories).

Again body fat percentage is the only number that matters. You can get home scales that will tell you this number. Gyms have a couple of ways to get this number for you.

What you want to do is reduce your size. Do this by building a bigger engine to burn more fat and calories. You will be healthier, thinner, and happier (yes, brain chemistry even improves). If you are the same weight, or even a couple pounds heavier – that does not matter.

The fascination with weight that our culture has is counter productive and ill informed. We should pay much more attention to body fat percentage.

As you can see you don’t “turn fat into muscle” (another line I hate), what you do is build muscle, which will then need to consume fuel (fat).

Hope this helps you understand.

Thomas asks…

What are the best machines at the gym for women?

First off, I’m not trying to lose weight. I only weigh like 110 and I’m 22 years old. However, I’m not in shape at all just blessed with good genes and I eat healthy. I want to build muscle and just get in better shape so that I don’t feel worn out just by doing simple activities. I would also like to know the best way to tone arms, without turning into a female body builder, if anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it!

The Expert answers:

The best for what your saying is to ride the stationary bikes and use light dumbells. To entertain the men, hit the treadmill so you bounce a little :))

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Your Questions About Fitness

Nancy asks…

Why do many fat girls have an irrational sense of entitlement?

Everybody has preferences. That can’t be helped. They say the same thing about being fat — “It’s an addiction, we can’t help it”. Others say they’re proud to be fat and have no regrets. Many have a sense of entitlement and practically *demand* that all men find them attractive. The irony lies in where their preferences for a man doesn’t decrease past the beauty standards that are portrayed by someone such as Ryan Gosling, yet men are called shallow jerks for having preferences of their own. When these fat women are turned down, they and even other women of diverse body mass indexes would immediately shoot him down with claims that he’s little more than a shallow bum who’s not worthy of any woman, fat or not, and they would go as far as making it seem like he went out of his way to antagonize women for being obese, no matter how amicable he tries to be. The shaming tactics they embrace in their well thought out, eloquent arguments seem to be in endless supply. Why so irrational and unaccepting of the fact that all men have different tastes, just as they? Is applying some sense of logic to this subject really so unthinkable?

The Expert answers:

Idk but if you cannot control your habits, or love yourself enough to stop them you’re not respecting yourself. End of story, addictions are not excuses.

Charles asks…

How much protein should I eat to gain weight?

I am a 14 year old, 5’4″, 94 pound girl. I am trying to gain weight, but I don’t want it to be all fat. How many grams of protein should I eat each day (if I am eating around 2,000 calories?)

Also, I have heard that too much protein can remove calcium from your bones. How much protein would be harmful/cause this? Thanks. 🙂

The Expert answers:

Protein will not remove calcium from your bones. The parathyroid hormone along with osteoclasts do this when your calcium levels in your blood are low. A female really only needs 50 grams of protein a day. Eating too much can actually turn to fat in your body. I would not go over 70 grams for you though. 6 oz of meat has 50 grams of protein so about 10oz of meat would probably have 70 grams. If you normally have a small frame chances are you aren’t going to gain much weight by just eating alone. You will also have to do muscle building exercises to gain weight in muscle mass.

Help with mine

according to the person above me I need 81 grams of protein but if I consumed that much it would turn to fat. Hell the average man doesn’t need that much. As a prime example my cousin. He doesn’t really eat unhealthy foods but he eats meat in excess. About 130 grams a day. He’s obese.

Sandra asks…

How to keep our heart healthy from diseases ?

Suggest some vegetables, fruits which are good for heart. Also other ways

The Expert answers:

Myocardial infarction results from atherosclerosis. Risk factors for myocardial infarction include:
* Age.
* Gender: At any given age men are more at risk than women, particularly before the menopause, but because in general women live longer than men ischemic heart disease causes slightly more total deaths in women.
* Diabetes mellitus type 1 or Diabetes mellitus type 2
* High blood pressure.
* Dyslipidemia/hypercholesterolemia (abnormal levels of lipoproteins in the blood), particularly high low-density lipoprotein, low high-density lipoprotein and high triglycerides.
* Tobacco smoking, including secondhand smoke.
* Short term exposure to air pollution including: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide but not ozone.
* Family history of ischaemic heart disease or myocardial infarction particularly if one has a first-degree relative (father, brother, mother, sister) who suffered a ‘premature’ myocardial infarction (defined as occurring at or younger than age 55 years (men) or 65 (women).
* Obesity (defined by a body mass index of more than 30 kg/m², or alternatively by waist circumference or waist-hip ratio).
* Lack of physical activity.
* Psychosocial factors including, low socio-economic status, social isolation, negative emotions and stress increase the risk of myocardial infarction and are associated with worse outcomes after myocardial infarction. Socioeconomic factors such as a shorter education and lower income (particularly in women), and unmarried cohabitation are also correlated with a higher risk of MI.
* Alcohol — Studies show that prolonged exposure to high quantities of alcohol can increase the risk of heart attack.
* Oral contraceptive pill – women who use combined oral contraceptive pills have a modestly increased risk of myocardial infarction, especially in the presence of other risk factors, such as smoking.[39]
* Hyperhomocysteinemia (high homocysteine)in homocysteinuria is associated with premature atherosclerosis, whether elevated homocysteine in the normal range is causal is contentious.

Donald asks…

Question on how heavy is the healthy weight?

If a guy who is 39 years old and five foot nine inches tall, how much should he weigh in kilograms to be healthy?

The Expert answers:

You can use the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a surrogate marker of ideal weight, bearing in mind if you have a high proportion of muscle it will skew you into the ‘overweight’ category.

A normal BMI for a man is 20-25.

BMI = weight in kg / height in centimetres (squared)

Betty asks…

How do i loose atleast 10 lbs before the 27th of august?

okay i want to loose atleast 10 pounds before the 27th because that is when school starts and i am 13 by the way so i need fast and affective ways that really work! thanks

The Expert answers:

Ten days 10 pounds, can be done but, must follow up. Or you will gain 20 pounds in 30 days from to-day.

So try this.
Quick Weight Loss

It is not recommended but it may be required in some rare case. One such case is before going in for some surgery.

So here it is.

1.A doctor must approve it. Or. You had recent physical.
2.You must take vitamin supplement equal to or batter then Multi vitamin for Man or woman, over 50 years, even if you are much younger.
3.Must not be on this diet for more then 1 month without doctor’s permeation.
4.Must know that it is considered a starvation diet.
5.Drink at lest 1 gallon of water but do not drink more then 1 ½ gallon of water per day.
6.Exercise 3 hours per day. One hour of body parts specific exercises.
7.Keep total calorie at 1000 per day, all vegetable and fruits; avoid fat (2% max calorie in fat). Eat 8 meals 125 cal each at equal interval, n 10 hours. No food 4 hours before bed time and 8 hours of rest (sound sleep preferred). Keep total calorie at 1000 per day, all vegetable and fruits; avoid fat (2% max calorie in fat).
8.Make sure you eat vegetarian proteins such as lentils and pulses (American call them cereals, but not break fast type that contains mainly crabs
9.Please note. If you use non vegetarian diet you will use up calorie, and will have hunger prangs. This is the main reason for vegetarian diet. Other then that you can use any thing.

Exercise 2 hours per day:

You do not need to join a gym.
15 minutes walk before each main meal, 15 minutes walk before bed time. Walk any where office, home apartment, side walk, road (if safe). Walk at good clip (fast as fast as you can).

1 hour of other free hand exercises, break it up in 15 minutes, if you can if you like or must.

A.Include free hand upper body exercises.
B.Do seat ups.
C.Do crunches.
D.Do standing bends (try to touch the ground with legs spread to maintain balance)? Make sure you do not tip over. Do not have to touch the ground but must try to go as far as you can.
E.Through the waist tilt your body slightly back, stay close to the wall so you do not fall back ward, be very care full, not to injure the back or back bone at the waist.
F.Do some side bend, by bending at the waist keeping your hand on the side of thighs, may want to spread the legs for balance. Go alternate, do them left, right, left right.
G.Do push ups.
H.Do chin ups (if you can and have a bar available).

Once this period is over, or once the weight loss is achieved then go back to other articles for maintaining the weight loss or for further loss as needed per Body Mass Index or at 1500 calorie level. At this level if you are non vegetarian then you can add 500 calorie of non vegetarian food without getting huger prangs or worry about putting on the weight.
Now go on 1500 cal.
Tips for Loosing Weight

You must count calories and at least in initial stages write down what you are going to eat and when then stay on that list. Your total calories for the week must not exceed, 1500 x 7 = 10,500 calories this will give you leave way to indulge at special occasions like wedding and parties, but you must write down what you eat and account for the calories latter and adjust the total intake next week.

Please read my article on this subject and follow them.
While at it build your body too, while reducing by doing body parts specific exercises.

If you are not too old, then best way to reduce your weight is to increase your height.

Vegetarians have a big advantage, in loosing weight, it cost less and they can satisfy the hunger more easily, some vegetables have only a few calories per pound, so they can fill themselves up with it before enjoying each meal, and never go hungry.

Most people should take one a day water soluble multi-vitamins when on this program; they can be purchased at the pharmacy near you.


Life Style Change Program for Loosing Weight

Who needs to loose weight?

Answer is simply not every one, only the over weight person.

Who is over weight?

This is simple, it is easy to find out and it is available on line, it is call Body Mass Index, and calculations are simple. According to this calculation if you find your self say only 10 pounds more, you may not be over weight. Remember every one is slightly different and you can just watch it, on your own and not let it get out of hand.

What is the reason for being over weight?

This is also simple, have doctor check you out for any physical or hormonal abnormalities. The doctor should be advising you of your ideal weight even though you have already figured out the ideal weight and you are seen a doctor because your weight is not where it should be according to BMI.

Basic understanding of loosing weight.

Every one uses calories at all time. There may be some exceptions to this rule, for most of us; the rate of use, even when we are resting, we use 65 calories per hour minimum. This comes to1560 calories per day. The actual range is between 65 and 100 calories per hour. This is consistent with heart rate of 60 to 80 bits per minute.

Simply put any person eating only say 1500 calories a day, and moderately active, will not put on any additional weight. At this level of calories consumption the person should loose some weight over long haul, depending on the individual rate of metabolism.

What is a healthy weight loss?

When one tries to loose weight, one should loose excess fat; there should be a healthy loss of weight. Loosing muscles tissue is unhealthy.

How much is one pound of body fat?

One pound of body fat weight is approximately same as one pound of butter. If you look at a one pound package of butter, you will see it contains between 3200 to 3600 calories. This means that each time a person burns 3600 more calories then what the person takes in, the person will loose one pound.

How many pounds should a person loose in a month?

Any one that is trying to trim down can figure out how long it took to put on the excess pounds. The fact is; it did not happen over night. It usually creeps up, but the person realizes one day suddenly.

This is why a person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Do not wait for New Year.

Taking above in to consideration a person should not loose more then 2 pounds per month. If a person looses any thing more then that, chances are that the person will not be able to maintain the weight loss. It will take extra efforts to loose and it will take extra efforts to keep it off. Remember slow and steady wins the race.

When an overweight person should start loosing weight?

At once. The person should not be in a hurry to loose weight. The person should start at once but go slowly. Again do not wait for New Year.

How does body react to weight lose?

Any time there is depletion of fat beyond certain level, the body reacts by slowing down metabolism, so that it can build up fat. If the body is use to say 2000 calories per day and detects only 1500 calories per day for considerable length of time it reacts to the situation by reducing the rate of metabolism. When this happens one need to help body by increasing activity. Usually takes about four weeks for body to react.

What is the relationship between body and body fat?

Under ideal condition fat act as a reserved energy source for our body. Certain level of fat is good for healthy living and even may save our life in certain life threatening situations. Every one should have minimum required level of fat on their body.

What if there is no weight loss at 1500 calories in take level?

This is a rear occurrence. Do not panic. The body has slowed down the metabolism to such a great extent that you must help it. The only way to help is to increase activities, this means you have to exercise. You do not need to join Gym but you can go on an an half an hour walk every day or batter still engage in a power walk for same duration. Power walk burns 250 calories per mile and walk burns 100 calories per mile approximately.

What is the importance of body fat for a female?

Females require little more body fat then men. In the absence of certain required level of body fat, females are not able to function properly; in particular they may not be able to conceive. You can find lot more about this on internet.

At 1500 calories intake per day what one must drink and eat?


One gallon of liquids most of witch should be in the form of water (zero calories).
Calories should be accounted for all other liquids.

Why water?

Water is a universal solvent, means it dissolves almost every thing at least in very minute quantities. This helps purification of body.


What should be your proportionate in take of fat, Proteins and Complex Carbohydrates?

This depends on what your need are.

1. Need to reduce fat.

Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 30 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
Proteins: 60 percent of 1500 calories per day = 900 calories.

2. Need more energy.

Fat: 10 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 150 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 40 percent of 1500 calories per day = 450 calories.
Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

3. Need to reduce weight only.

Fat: 25 percent of 1500 calorie per day = 375 calories.
Complex Carbohydrates: 25 percent of 1500 calories per day = 375 calories.
Proteins: 50 percent of 1500 calories per day = 750 calories.

4. Need to increase muscles bulk, but

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James asks…

My boyfriend is battling my weight, again…?

My boyfriend and I have been together for over 3 years now, we live together. He is 27, just out of the military, and a fitness junkie. I am 22, have a full-time job & school, and am a bum in comparison to him. Since a few months before our 1 year anniversary spanning through today, he has been having battles with me about my weight. I am 5’4″ and currently 150lbs, I wear a size 29″ loosely, and have a generous bust & bottom.
Our brief history will include me gaining a substantial amount of weight by being careless (weighing in at 175lbs) while he broke up with me for a number of reasons, only to come back and tell me how stupid he was a week later. I lost all that weight and got down to an average of 135, while he was deployed, and shortly after he got back he began complaining again about my weight and how I rarely worked out. (I attribute a majority of weight lost to the stress free environment while he was deployed since I ate like a banshee, and did my daily Total Gym in the morning for my only workouts) It’s been a year now since he’s been back and I’m now at 150lbs, I joined a recreational football league so I could get some exercise and actually enjoy it, I’ve already lost about 5 pounds and it most definitely shows. I thought this whole mess of the battle with my weight had been dealt with, with my commitment to this league (I have not missed a single practice or game despite getting the cr@p beaten out of me every time) I actually really enjoy it! Well today we had to forfeit our game because we didn’t have enough girls to play and the practices for this week were cancelled due to extreme weather. Well today he tried to get me to work out with him, and I just really do not enjoy working out with him because he makes it a chore and it makes me resent him. He knows this already. So because I refused to work out with him he was an ass just like he used to be, and he gave me the silent treatment / cold shoulder, with one word responses… I came home from the store, he had left to work and found these screens up on my computer. ” Google – make my girlfriend work out” and “Effects of being overweight”.

What is his deal?
It seems like nothing I do is ever good enough, is anyone else dealing with or has dealt with this before? What do I do? I’m just at a loss…

The Expert answers:

It sounds like you two just want different things. Being 5’4 and 150 lbs. Is a little overweight. You should consider that for your own health. However, given that you’ve been up as high as 175, it sounds as though you could never be “tiny” – and it also sounds like this is the type of girl that your boyfriend wants. He’s a fitness junkie (as described by you). He has high standards for his own body, and expects the same in his partner. In fact, most guys who become fitness junkies do so in order to be in the same league as the type of women they hope to get.

You shouldn’t have to feel bad about your weight or feel like it’s a constant battle in your relationship. You need to find a guy who loves you the way you are and isn’t constantly trying to change you. That’s no way to live. You should get your weight down a little for your own health, and live a healthy lifestyle to promote this goal. But to lose weight in order to salvage a relationship like this is not good. You two should part ways so that you can both persue what makes you happy in life.

Mandy asks…

personal trainers for teens?

I am a teen athlete, looking to improve performance and start exercising I want a workout personalized for me, since I am still growing. However, the area around me has no personal trainers, so I was wondering if there were any trainers on-line who I could ask questions to that are good with teen health and fitness. I prefer they be free. Thanks in advance 🙂
I play a multitude of sports: those being volleyball, basketball, softball, and track. I have pretty big legs and I want to slim them down by doing distance running, which would also increase endurance. I want to be faster for track season since I am a sprinter. I want to do workouts and such but I’m not sure which ones will make me bulk up (i already have thunder thighs, something I’m trying to get rid of) so I was wondering if there was a trainer that could tell me how many reps to help me slim down, but still gain speed. I wanted one that was specified for teens because I have learned that some workouts can compress your muscles (as in not letting me grow, and that working out too much can stunt your growth. Summary: i’m looking to slim down and gain speed without bulking up, and stunting my growth whatsoever. Thank you 🙂

The Expert answers:

Just about everyone I’ve seen in this forum who claimed to be a personal trainer provided bad advice or wrong answers. I’ve never met a personal trainer who was good at training and I think the reason it because they can’t make a living wage. Very few people want to pay serious money to support a trainer when there are so many other options. And, few people really do want to do what it takes to get and stay fit anyway.

The best person to teach you how to train is you. Because you’re a teen you can’t reach your adult level of performance anyway because you are growing. So, now is a great time for you to start learning about fitness training, kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, etc. After all, it’s YOUR body and those subjects are sufficiently complex to make learning a serious task and not something you can beg for off the internet.

You get what you pay for.

Unfortunately the internet is full of bad information for the simple reason that anyone can say anything about anything without fear of repercussions. The result is the internet is awash in junk…bad information which spawns myths and misconceptions about all sorts of things.

Always be skeptical. Internet sellers will do anything to get your money including using fake reviews, phony testimonials, bogus science papers, false articles, celebrity whores, scam news reports and more. Never believe advertising without cross checking or confirming the information with valid sources. Advertising cannot be trusted!! Avoid websites with cool looking graphics and lots of advertising and those at the top of the search results should be suspect. Don’t just the websites at the top of your search results. Check page 2 or 3 or more to see if you can’t find some dot GOV or dot EDU sites. On the internet, bad information is easy to find. The good information is hard to find. The stuff at the top of your search results will be the most popular websites and those are usually not where you get the best information. Popular does not mean good, it means mediocre.

Here’s a fake website as an example –> . This one, however, is a good one because it was designed to help you understand how scammers work. Click the “Submit Answers” button and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s a bad website loaded with bad information –> . They have a ton of bad information with cool pics and all designed to attract the naive buyer so they can sell supplements. Go here to see what they’ve been selling –> . More here –>

Don’t forget about bookstores and libraries. They’re still more pristine places to go for information unpolluted by the junk information which is so prevalent on the internet. Anyone can put up a website for cheap but publishing a book take some serious money.

I would offer some suggestions but you didn’t even say what kind of athlete you are or what you want to accomplish with your workouts. So, you’re on your own.

Good luck and good health!!


Donna asks…

Does this sound like a good all around workout.?

Usually everyday (or every other day) I start my morning with a stretch and a 3.0 mile bike ride to the gym. Once i get to the gym i start off with a 1.0 mile jog/run then i hit the weights, usually i dont lift heavy, instead i usually do multiple exercise for the same muscle group. starting with free weights and moving to machine, i usually just workout out my upper body depending on the days. then i got a 3.0 mile bike ride back home. As soon as i get home I try to find something to eat (bagel, meatballs, pasta) and knock back a protein shake that only has about 20g of protein as well as other shit, mixed with milk of course. I know hardly anything about fitness really, all I know is what I see other people doing. My main goal now is to try to bulk up a little more so i was wondering if you guys had some suggestions on how i can change up my workout to get there.

The Expert answers:

Your best gains won’t come from exercises that “single out” the muscles (bicep curls and other exercises alike).

Google the Wendler 5/3/1 program (the first link is an interview T-nation did with him, he’s talks in detail about the program). You’ll be working out 4 times a week; bench press, shoulder press, deadlift, and squat. Learn the proper form for deadlift and the squat, you’ll save your body and will make better gains.

Cut out your simple carb sources– bagels, pasta… It’s all empty calories and will do nothing but make you fat. Eat tons of meat and lots of good veggies.

Laura asks…

Is there a difference between SF pt and SEAL pt?

i just read on a website the recommended pt for army SF is mostly using free weight exercises like military presses and stuff(slong with running and other cardio) as compared to the SEAL pt which was alot of calisthenics and running and swimming. is this just BS or is it legit? check it out if you want. youll see the navy seal workout in orange. i dont want to become either just have there fitness but cant decide which routine to go for

The Expert answers:

Hmm, that’s news to me, I went to a military academy and I’m not the super hooah live for PT type of guy but have heard / seen a lot of my friends argue about this and from what I understand calisthenics with running and swimming trumps Crossfit / free weight training all the time, but we all commissioned May 2010 so no one has really finished training yet…

But I’ve done both crossfit and long runs, personally I prefer crossfit because i find it easier to measure progress…. Just smoke yourself… Smoke yourself like no other and u’d be fine

Sharon asks…

I’ve Stopped Losing Weight…Help!?

About 1 1/2 months ago, I started a new fitness plan. To be short, here’s a list of what I’m doing:

Diet – drinking a protein shake and eating one whole veggie/fruit with every meal (also eating a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack), consuming no more than 2000 calories a day (maybe less).

Workout – for the first month, I did cardio (a combo of running and walking) for 30 minutes every day. Now, starting last week, I do cardio 4 days a week and weight lifting 3 days a week.

From what I’ve read, they say “increase your workouts…” I’m already running a 8.5 minute mile and lifting with as much as 40 lbs. on free weights. I’m not looking to bulk up as I am already short and stocky (5’6″ and 223 lbs.)

I am shooting for 185…PLEASE HELP! I’ve even starting varying my workouts doing “random” exercises so my body doesn’t get used to the same ol’ thing.

I realize I have to be patient. But after melting off about 20 lbs. so far, I want the rate of losing weight to remain constant.

The Expert answers:


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Donna asks…

Did God set up Adam and Eve?

If God is all knowing and all powerful, he must know everything abut the future.
—–>>> Therefore he both knows and controls the future.

Isn’t that a paradox?
—–>>> Therefore, did he not set up Adam and Eve to fail in the first place?
R P – you’re off your fkn chops, mate.

Answer the goddam question.

The Expert answers:

No,it is a freewill thing.God tries to give us choices in life.If he didn’t give us that.We would be just animals.

Carol asks…

In Christian mythology, did god know Adam and Eve would fail before he tempted them?

or was he completely caught off guard by their behavior?
Avatar defender – So, the devil put that tree there? I mean, it serves no other purpose but to tempt those two. Otherwise, why have it there?

The Expert answers:

Samurai Jack… You’re gonna give yourself an aneurysm!

I had asked the same thing, you’d think some of them would say, Hey that’s not right….. Humankind was setup to fail! But no, they attempt some kind of voodoo reasoning to justify the whole event.

David asks…

is god a derelict father, he failed to protect adam and eve from satan,then blamed them for his inadequacy?

it like any of you finding out that your children were molested ,and then saying they invited the pedo to do it by their sick would you be as a parent if you did that
murf…all question seek an answer

darrick who let satan in the garden in the first place
if i said to my children dont go near this guy ,and then invite him in ,then leave my kids alone with him ..who being stupid the kids or me

The Expert answers:

The Adam and Eve fable is just a poor story in the modern context. It makes god look really stupid.

Ken asks…

If God is all-knowing, why did he make Satan, Adam and Eve, knowing they would fail?

This is a question I have asked time and again and have never received acceptable answers. Also, I do not believe faith is a factor in answered prayers. I used to have MEGA faith and never was answered, even though people I loved were dying and had handicaps. Also, if the Bible is the Word of God, why are there so many contradictions. I have studied several translations thoroughly, for more than 35 years, and can no longer believe in it. I can no longer believe in the Christian God or in their religions, for there is so much hypocrisy and hatred spewing out of these religious people.
I now accept people for who they are, not what they do in the bedroom or what their skin color is, or what creed they follow. I am a more loving person being a “Pagan heathen” than when I was a Christian. The truth certainly did set me free.
Well, not many of you actually tried to answer my question, just threw the same old Christian garbage at me. I used to be a lay-minister in a Pentecostal church. I studied religion and different translations of the so-called Holy Bible for over 35 years. I made informed decisions. I don’t need to be told “accept Jesus or you’ll go to hell.” I don’t even need to be preached at, I’ve had my fill of “just have faith and don’t question God.” These are not answers, just phrases given by people who really don’t have an answer. If your religion can’t stand up to being questioned, maybe it doesn’t have ANY answers.
One or two of you did agree with me. Thanks, but that doesn’t give me any answers either.
I am not a young lady, I do not need to just “accept.” I have studied long and hard and much dealings with many religions within the Christian tradition. I do not accept the answers I received.

The Expert answers:

I think you might find interest in the website Start with proof 1, and then you can decide to read the rest based on how that makes you think and feel.

One: God is either NOT as all-knowing as we suspect to make creatures that would fail…or he has low self-esteem. He gives us the “Free Will” to choose him, but we either chose to love him and go to Heaven…or spend forever in hell. He told Moses to KILL his followers that were worshipping a golden calf (if my memory serves). So it seems to me he is a very JEALOUS god.

Two: You can pray to ANYTHING OR ANYONE on the planet and will receive the same results. “Yes, No, Wait”. Most Christians now prayers aren’t answered because GOD IS IMAGINARY. Thusly, all you hear from Christian’s is…to wait. Well, jeez. Didn’t God AND Jesus promise to answer our prayers? They didn’t set a limit, or conditions. “Pray and you will receive”. Out of Yes, No, Wait…you can get it, and say “God heard my prayers and answered them!” You can say, “God heard my prayers and did not answer them” (which would make him a liar AND a jerk)…or you can say, “God heard my prayers and will answer them, I just have to wait…no matter how long that may be.” See? With a Yes, No, Wait system, Christians can never be proven wrong.

Three: Because the Bible was “inspired by God” not written by him, as Christians have told me…and that in the Bible it ACTUALLY SAYS that the Bible can be reproofed and basically rewritten as a religious guid. So an ALL KNOWING AND POWERFUL GOD inspired people to write his legacy, but gives them permission to CHANGE it? And OMIT it? It doesn’t contradict itself because of God. It contradicts itself because foolish and fallible mortal men wrote it. For crying out loud, GOD TELLS MEN HOW MUCH A SLAVE IS WORTH. 30 silver shekels.

Did you also know God “said” that women were supposed to be silent in Church, it was disgraceful for them to speak? And if a matter came up they were interested in or wanted to know more about they had to ask their husbands later in the privacy of home?

Or that you are supposed to take children of yours who are stubborn and rebellious out to the city to be stoned to death?

Sharon asks…

Did God’s punishment for Adam and Eve really fit the crime?

In Genesis, why does God test Adam and Eve using a kind of fruit produce (perhaps apples)?

Adam and Eve could not have understood why God would deny them such healthy, delicious apples, and them so specifically, when it seemed they had been chosen to be forbidden so arbitrarily.

Why didn’t He use some powerful poison, like arsenic, in the test, instead?

If He had done THAT, and Adam and Eve STILL failed the test, they would have dropped dead, and God could have just dangled life out in front of two all-new “lab rats.”

That’s the only way I can think of to bring the element of “free will” into just such a scenario.

The Expert answers:

Back in the 18th and 19th centuries men, women and children were transported from England to the colonies for crimes like stealing an apple.
Today we look at those ‘crimes and their punishments’ and think they were a bit over the top.

On the other hand, God, in all his infinite wisdom and power, created Adam and Eve with a GLITCH in that they knew NOT the difference between good and bad and had NO knowledge of punishment and YET God, in all his infinite wisdom and power, gave them a test he KNEW they would fail and then punished them for doing what he KNEW they would do.

The English were far more enlightened and fair in comparison, huh?

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