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How can I lose weight but have an athletic body build?

I want to lose weight and be skinnier but I’m scared I’ll end up looking anorexic and have all my bones poking out. How can I lose weight and have a flat stomach, but not look sick?
What should my diet look like and what sorts of exercises should I do?

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3 Responses to “How can I lose weight but have an athletic body build?”

  1. Frank said :

    A safe amount of weight to lose per week is 1-4 pounds. If you are extremely overweight, then losing 3 or 4 pounds a week is common. If you are somewhat closer to your goals then losing 1-2 pounds per week is appropriate. One thing you should keep in mind is that your body is only capable of removing a certain amount of fat in a given time frame. If you go on a reckless crash diet you may lose weight, but it may not all be fat. You will lose some water weight for sure and you may compromise your muscle mass by too large a margin. When people lose weight they tend to lose muscle in most cases, but you could potentially make that muscle loss worse by being too careless in diet choices. There’s some good info for making fat loss go quicker at

    An important aspect of losing fat is understanding calories. One thing holds true across all weight loss methods: you need to maintain a calorie deficit in order to lose fat. Knowing what your calorie needs are is crucial to the weight loss process. This formula is the most accurate. RMR (resting metabolic rate) is the base amount of calories your body needs to maintain its functions. Take the end result and increase it by at least 20%. Any exercise you do must be added on top of that.

    Men: (10 x weight in kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) – (5 x age) + 5

    Women: (10 x weight in kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) – (5 x age) – 161

  2. houdini said :

    I would suggest that you eat out at a restaurant called “Burger King”.

  3. Healthy said :

    If you want to lose weight, you need to two things: eat less and exercise more. Weight gain happens when you create a calorie surplus (eat more than you burn). Your body takes the excess calories and converts them to fat which get stored around your stomach, arms and thighs. The longer you remain in a calorie surplus, the more weight you’ll gain. To lose that weight, you need to do the opposite. You need to create a calorie deficit (start eating less than you burn).

    Your first step is to figure out how many calories you burn on a daily basis. Use a calorie calculator – The number you get from this tool is what your body burns on a daily basis. To lose weight, simply eat less. It sounds a lot easier than it is but making small changes helps you adjust to a new lifestyle. Don’t think of this as a diet, think of it as a new life. Instead of eating foods high in sugars, white flour and saturated fat, go with fruits, vegetables, whole wheats, fish, lean meats, nuts and beans. In addition to eating less, you also need to exercise more. Start off at 1-2 times per week and work your way up to 3-5 times per week.

    Don’t make all of these changes at once or you won’t be able to properly adjust to them. Generally, eating healthier foods will decrease your calorie intake. Compare a doughnut to an apple and you’ll see that healthy foods are lower in calories. You can find some more information at the Straight Health Forums –


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