Post-Workout Mistakes That Can Undo Your Weight-Loss Progress
If you're looking to lose weight, getting regular workouts is key to your success. But what you do in the hours following your workout matter, too. In fact, certain common mistakes can not only hinder your weight loss progress, but can actually cause you to pack on extra pounds. Metabolic Research Center offers tips for avoiding four common post-workout blunders.
- Don't skip your end-of-workout cool-down and stretch: If you're in a rush, you may be tempted to skip the cool-down portion of your workout so that you can squeeze in a few more minutes with the weights or on the machines. Big mistake, experts say. Cooling down and stretching allows your body to safely return to its pre-workout state, heart rate and breathing rate. It also promotes flexibility and eases muscle soreness. Skipping the cool-down and stretch increases your chances of sustaining an injury that can take weeks off your workout routine, delaying your weight loss progress. It's well worth the five extra minutes.
- Don't skip your post-workout meal: A great workout is no excuse for gorging out afterward. But eating too little also serves to defeat your purpose. After an exercise session, your body needs protein to help repair and rebuild muscle tissue. Whey protein is particularly beneficial, as research shows it helps to improve muscle mass and increase fat loss. Enjoy a small, high-protein meal 15 to 45 minutes after working out.
- Record your progress: If reaching your weight loss goals is taking longer than you expected, it can prove disheartening and even serve to discourage you from continuing. Remember that sustainable results happen gradually, and having visible, written reminders of your progress can help keep you encouraged, motivated and on track. Set small, weekly or monthly goals, keep track of your progress and celebrate when you hit those goals.
- Reward yourself wisely: Hitting each of those goals is cause for celebration. But too often, people choose to celebrate in ways that can essentially undo their progress. Rather than rewarding yourself with a high-calorie cocktail or dessert, choose a non-caloric reward such as a relaxing pedicure, a new outfit or a day out with your best pals.
For more exercise and nutrition tips designed to help youslim down and keep the weight off, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a weight loss specialist at your nearest Metabolic Research Center.
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