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6 Tips for Successful Weight-Lifting Workouts

Training techniques that will help you get results.

Rule No. 6: Chow Down to Build Up

While good nutrition is vital to getting the most out of any exercise program, it's especially important for weight training. And if you're thinking fruits and vegetables, you're only partly right. Muscles also require protein. 

"You need protein for your muscle to recover," says Bryant, who advises everyone doing weight training to have a snack containing both protein and carbohydrates after every workout. 

Ryan says that adding some extra protein to your diet, while cutting down on refined carbohydrates, sugars, and "bad" fats like saturated and trans fats can help you see results sooner.

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Reviewed on March 11, 2008

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