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Keep this in mind when asking for help on r/Fitness – Focus your questions on the problem that you need help solving. Asking "What’s the best way to make a quarter inch hole?" will get you much more useful information than "What is the best quarter inch drill bit?" Thinking in this way will help you avoid getting stuck because of The XY Problem, help you avoid frustration in seeking help, and help avoid wasting time – both yours and the posters trying to help you.

• Include only details about yourself that are directly relevant to the problem you need to solve. Sex, height, weight, and age are always relevant. Succinct details about your current fitness, such as 1RMs, best times, or best distances, may also be relevant.

• Don’t try to treat r/Fitness members like a free personal trainer or nutritionist. Try to find solutions and information on your own first. If you’ve done this and still need help, tell readers of your thread in detail why the existing resources on r/Fitness were not enough to answer your questions so that you stand out from low effort posts.

• Don’t ask unclear, nebulous, or "How long is a piece of string" type questions. Make sure that your questions are stated simply, are specific and easy to interpret, and are answerable. Try putting your questions into a bulleted list or a "TLDR" section at the end of your post. If you find it difficult to do that, this is a good indication that your post needs to be rewritten and your thoughts clarified.

• Estimate your approximate Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) as a starting point for how many calories to eat each day. There are many calculators you can find online – Don’t be concerned with specific numbers or accuracy, this is just an estimate to use as a starting point.

• We strongly recommend the 3-Suns Adaptive TDEE Spreadsheet. It will give you an estimate as a starting point, and as you enter your weight and calories consumed each day, it will calibrate and give you a more accurate picture of your TDEE over time.

• The Recommended Routines Page contains a list of quality, reliable programs of varying types (resistance training, cardio, conditioning, etc) that are commonly recommended by the experienced members of the r/Fitness community, and we strongly suggest that you choose one of them.

• If your goal is to lose weight/fat, any exercise will be beneficial. Resistance/strength training will help spare muscle as you lose weight. If you didn’t already, be sure to include the appropriate activity modifier in your TDEE calculation to capture the calories burned from exercise.

Keep this in mind when asking for help on r/Fitness – Focus your questions on the **problem** that you need help solving. Asking *"What’s the best way to make a quarter inch hole?"* will get you much more useful information than *"What is the best quarter inch drill bit?"* Thinking in this way will help you avoid getting stuck because of [The XY Problem](http://xyproblem.info/), help you avoid frustration in seeking help, and help avoid wasting time – both yours and the posters trying to help you.

– Include only details about yourself that are directly relevant to the problem you need to solve. Sex, height, weight, and age are always relevant. Succinct details about your current fitness, such as 1RMs, best times, or best distances, may also be relevant.

– Don’t try to treat r/Fitness members like a free personal trainer or nutritionist. Try to find solutions and information on your own first. If you’ve done this and still need help, tell readers of your thread in detail why the existing resources on r/Fitness were not enough to answer your questions so that you stand out from low effort posts.

– Don’t ask unclear, nebulous, or "How long is a piece of string" type questions. Make sure that your questions are stated simply, are specific and easy to interpret, and are answerable. Try putting your questions into a bulleted list or a "TLDR" section at the end of your post. If you find it difficult to do that, this is a good indication that your post needs to be rewritten and your thoughts clarified.

– Estimate your approximate Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE) as a starting point for how many calories to eat each day. There are many calculators you can find online – Don’t be concerned with specific numbers or accuracy, this is just an estimate to use as a starting point.

– We strongly recommend the [3-Suns Adaptive TDEE Spreadsheet](https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8EbfzFB0mBrMGJ6V2N5QWNfeTg). It will give you an estimate as a starting point, and as you enter your weight and calories consumed each day, it will calibrate and give you a more accurate picture of your TDEE over time.

– [The Recommended Routines Page](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/recommended_routines) contains a list of quality, reliable programs of varying types (resistance training, cardio, conditioning, etc) that are commonly recommended by the experienced members of the r/Fitness community, and we strongly suggest that you choose one of them.

– The most important points to consider when choosing a routine are [an honest assessment of your goals](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/general_advice#wiki_be_honest_with_yourself), what equipment you have access to, and where you can fit exercise into your schedule.

– [Don’t overthink your choice of routine.](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/general_advice#wiki_don.27t_overthink_things) The specific routine you do is much less important than how much you [stick with it](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/general_advice#wiki_do_not_succumb_to_.27fuckarounditis.27) and work hard at it [for a long enough time to see results](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/general_advice#wiki_be_willing_to_have_patience).

– If your goal is to lose weight/fat, any exercise will be beneficial. Resistance/strength training will help spare muscle as you lose weight. If you didn’t already, be sure to include the appropriate activity modifier in your [TDEE calculation](https://www.reddit.com/r/Fitness/wiki/getting_started#wiki_calories) to capture the calories burned from exercise.