5. Thinking You’ve Done Enough
Exercising is an intense and exhausting process when first starting out. Fitness junkies however, constantly craves the endorphins, the feeling of accomplishment, as all the happy chemicals kicks in, forcing them to exercise harder the next day.
Not everyone likes to exercise however, some dread it, so they don’t bother working out hard, while thinking they are, which causes weight gain. What needs to be realized is that you need to work out hard at all times, but most don’t do enough, such as working out just once a week.
Don’t just adopt the “concept” of working out, giving yourself a pat on the back that you exercised, then use that excuse to down a pint of ice cream. Most think working out once a week, earns them the right to eat anything they want, which only packs on the pounds.
4. Not Properly Stretching
It’s not “stretching” itself that causes weight gain, but what improper stretching does, is causes muscle pain, discomfort and at times injury, this during your workouts, which forces you to not perform your workout properly.
Many will get sore or hurt from not stretching properly, as it’s a mandatory process. Then once you miss a few days because of an injury, is when you gain weight. Missing a few days, also makes it difficult to get back into routine.
All this can be avoided, by properly stretching before and after workouts, this to preserve and train your muscles. What proper moderate stretching such as leg lifts does, is soothes out tense muscles, knots, and pressure points. You’ll then begin to notice that stretching has a positive effect.
3. Not Drinking Enough Water
Dehydration is one of the most common issues for those who work out, not realizing how it affects their physical ability and fitness goals, along with developing potential serious health risks. The body sweats out a lot of water during a workout, and it needs to be replaced.
What’s known, is that not re-hydrating post-workout with plenty of water, can actually cause weight gain. What water does is affects how the muscles function. Not drinking enough water, causes fat to be stored instead of it being burnt off.
Being thirsty is also confused with being hungry, so what happens is you end up eating more post workout, which also causes weight gain. Feeling hungry can linger when you’re not hydrated. The best way of staying hydrated at all times, is by drinking water before, during, and after workouts.
2. Overloading On Calories
What you eat along with how much, right after your workout does matter. Most know that protein and carbs are needed. What many think is that they need to overload on calories directly after their workout, this to refuel the body when their metabolism is still high.
What can result, is calorie overload when attempting to refuel. Working out doesn’t allow you, to consume as many calories as you want. What’s recommended instead, is eating the same amount of calories that you just burnt off from the workout, this with low-fat snacks that’s loaded with carbs and protein.
Also choose foods that contain fiber, this to help you stay and feel full for longer, which also refuels your body. What you don’t need is a full meal immediately after your workout, but eat fortified nutritional snacks instead.
1. Not Eating Enough
While eating too much food can cause weight gain after a workout, what many don’t realize is that not eating enough, can cause weight gain as well. This may be difficult for some to understand, because to lose weight, what you’re doing is burning off calories, so why should you replace those calories.
What’s known, is that not eating enough does is actually increases fat storage, as the muscles become deprived. What eating carbs and protein after a workout does, is helps the muscles develop. Muscles play a key role in losing weight, because they increase metabolism.
The more muscle you develop, the higher your metabolism becomes. Feeding your muscles what they need right after a workout, encourages healing and refueling, which helps in weight loss, provided you refuel with the proper nutrients.