Four Post-Workout Mistakes that Make You Gain Weight
Regular workouts are crucial to shedding pounds and maintaining a healthy weight. But what you do in the hours following your workout also is critical. Some common post-workout mistakes can actually cause you to gain weight. Metabolic Research Center offers tips for avoiding these four common culprits.
- Skipping your next meal: We all know that gorging out after a workout defeats the purpose. But don't be tempted to forego a post-workout meal altogether, thinking it will boost your weight loss. The truth is that after exertion, your body needs protein to help repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Whey protein is particularly beneficial. Research shows it helps to improve muscle mass and increase fat loss. Enjoy a small meal 15 to 45 minutes after working out.
- Skipping your cool-down: If you're in a rush, you may be tempted to skip the cool-down portion of your exercise session and squeeze out more time on the machines instead. Big mistake, experts say. Cooling down and stretching helps to promote flexibility and ease muscle soreness. Skipping this step boosts your chances of sustaining an injury that can take weeks off your workout routine, impeding your weight loss progress. It's well worth the five extra minutes.
- Not recording your progress: Sometimes, it can seem that reaching your weight loss goals is taking forever. But sustainable results happen gradually, and having visible, written reminders of your progress can help keep you encouraged, motivated and on track. Set small, weekly goals and record your progress towards each.
- Overdoing rewards: Hitting each of those goals is cause for celebration. Unfortunately, some choose to celebrate in ways that can undo measures of your progress. Rather than rewarding yourself with a slice of French silk pie or a cocktail, choose a non-caloric reward such as a new haircut, relaxing pedicure or a day out with your best friends.
For more exercise and nutrition tips designed to help you lose weight, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation at your nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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