You wouldn’t sleep through an entire semester of classes and expect to pass your finals with flying colors, would you? Well, dragging yourself to the gym without putting much thought into your routine or lifestyle and expecting to lose weight is no different. You’re not going to trim down unless you take the time to study. When we’re talking about your weight loss though, “studying” doesn’t involve opening a book or hitting the library; it’s all about looking at your routine and identifying any possible blunders that could be stalling your progress.
Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a seasoned gym rat, chances are that one (or more) of the factors below is the reason you’re not seeing the results you want. Read on to find out what experts say are the exercise mistakes preventing weight loss and what you can do to get back on track toward ditching that excess flab once and for all.
You know that consuming protein after your workout aids muscle repair and growth, so the more of it you eat, the better—right? Not so much. Researchers say that for those who weigh about 150 pounds, consuming 20 grams of protein within a half-hour of leaving the gym is optimal.
Excerpted from Eat This, Not That!