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Do people carry around up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of poop?

No. According to the chapter "Carbohydrate Metabolism in the Colon" in Human Colonic Bacteria (1995) : The large intestine contains about 220 g wet weight of contents (range circa 60–900 g),...
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Do people carry around up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of poop?

Those Ads were popular on TV years ago. They all claim some permanent build-up of "extra poop" which only a cleanse can remove. I found a lovely 2018 quote from a skeptic medical office of ...
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Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

This is a difficult question to directly answer, for a number of reasons. Some people tried to address it in previous answers (since deleted) by pointing out that honey and lemon are not alkaline. ...
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Can a person lose weight by being cold?

Energy metabolism in humans at a lowered ambient temperature European Journal of Clinical Nutrition April 2002, Volume 56, pages 288-296 does confirm that men dressed identically at 16 degrees C do ...
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Does increasing water intake during a diet help with weight loss?

There's some evidence that drinking a large amount before eating a meal will help because it makes you feel more full, thus leading to eating less food, but sipping it during your meal doesn't help ...
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Do fitness trackers make you fatter?

No. Using a tracker does not make you fatter, and that is not what this study claims. Lets start with the participants: Among young adults with a BMI between 25 and less than 40 (so no already ...
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Is weight-loss almost always temporary?

Disclaimer: I practice Health At Every Size myself, which is why I have these studies on hand. Mann and Tomiyama performed a review of studies on weight loss: These studies show that one third to ...
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Are slow metabolisms to blame for obesity?

Excluding rare and serious metabolic conditions, which should be diagnosed by a doctor, people's metabolisms tend to be within 200-300 calories of each other. This examine.com meta-analysis explains ...
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Are those claims from Linda Bacon's Health at Every Size accurate?

Interesting claim(s) indeed coming from PhD graduate Linda Bacon. Here they are: Claim 1: On average "overweight" people live longer than "normal" weight people. True or false? ...
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Is weight-loss almost always temporary?

I would place these claims inaccurate, due to improper representation of the study that the Cracked article itself supplied. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/74/5/579.full Conclusion: "Five years ...
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Did Kali Muscle weigh 99 pounds when he was 16 years old?

Chuck "Kali Muscle" Kirkendall, Jr. writes in XCON TO ICON - The Kali Muscle Story [referring to the summer before his first year of high school, 9th grade, at Castlemont High School] Luckly I made ...
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Can a person lose weight by being cold?

Dave already provided the scientific source that does confirm that men use up more energy when staying in a colder environment. Nevertheless, your question puts this question into the specific ...
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Can weight gain be due to underlying health conditions?

Obesity might be caused very rarely by underlying medical conditions as mentioned below. Hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid): Condition in which the thyroid gland cannot produce optimum levels of ...
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Does ghee help burn body fat?

The short version is that it might have an effect, but there is no evidence to date. I was surprised to find that there are actually quite a few scientific studies on this subject. There's an even ...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

It's completely commonplace to increase muscle mass while reducing body fat. It's trivial to find 1000s of articles and papers on this, random examples https://health.usnews.com/wellness/fitness/...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

The solution of the apparent contradiction may be in the scales of time: At any point in time, you can either slim down (catabolic, during excercise) or build muscle (anabolic, during rest after ...
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Can weight gain be due to underlying health conditions?

I have done a bit more research on my own question and I think I can answer the question now. Specifically I was interested in: Is it true that most people put on weight because they consume more ...
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Are slow metabolisms to blame for obesity?

No. It can be argued from an evolutionary standpoint that there shouldn't be much difference in metabolism rate among humans. (Except rare diseases). Because over an evolutionary scale, humans nearly ...
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Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

At this point we don't have any studies to confirm the benefit of lemon juice with honey on reducing visceral fat. There are a couple of studies on using honey alone including this one which found ...
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Does eating slower make you lose weight?

The mechanism behind the "eating slower" claim is because of hunger. Whether one is hungry or satiated/full is communicated through the endocrine system, not directly through signals in the ...
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Do saunas affect your health?

There is some evidence that saunas provide a health benefit. This systematic review of 13 randomized control trials found most studies reported health benefits . This review of evidence states: ...
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Is cryolipolisis effective as a fat reduction method?

Yes, it is effective and safe. Both preclinical and clinical studies have established the safety and efficacy of cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring [1]. Cryolipolysis has demonstrated ...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

Yes. That's the normal state for beginners with more than enough body fat and no physical excercise. Yes, different people get different tips on how to improve, it totally depends on your current ...
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Do fitness trackers make you fatter?

"The idea of using a fitness tracker is that you should pay more attention to the amount of exercise you get and, therefore, be more likely to get enough. This should support weight loss in people who ...
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Does increasing water intake during a diet help with weight loss?

YES Good analysis by Sean Duggan. I would like to take a look at Thermogenesis a bit closer. Let's start with Metabolism Metabolism refers to biochemical processes that occur with any living ...
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Do fenugreek tablets increase stamina and assist in weight loss?

No, there is not enough evidence for this claim, according to the NIH: What the Science Says A few small studies have found that fenugreek may help lower blood sugar levels in people with ...
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