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Ways to Lose Weight While Strength Straining

Ways to Lose Weight While Strength Straining

A high-protein diet combined with strength training may be your way to a slimmer you.

In May 2018, 27-year-old Icelander, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, renowned for his role as “The Mountain,” Gregor Clegane, in Game of Thrones, won the World’s Strongest Man competition. At 6-feet-9-inches and over 390 pounds, Bjornsson eats eight meals a day, while lifting tons of weights.

His meals consist of lean meats, grains, vegetables and healthy-fats found in avocados and peanut butter. He’s said, “I eat quite healthy for a big guy… but you get sick of eating all the time. Today, I was supposed to have chicken with sweet potatoes and greens. Because I didn’t want that, I had salmon. We have very good fish in Iceland.”

It’s true that high-protein foods are good to eat after resistance exercising to encourage muscle-building. But did you know that eating protein after working out—if you eat the right amounts—can also help you lose weight

Re-fueling with protein after your muscle-strengthening activities increases the amount of energy-burning muscle mass you build—and that uses up extra calories. Just make sure you don’t eat even more calories as you exercise more.

To take advantage of muscle-building and weight-loss:

  • Eat protein up to two hours after working out to take advantage of the protein synthesis it fuels.
  • Enjoy protein from salmon, trout and skinless chicken.
  • Eat 20g to 30g of protein (it’s the equivalent of 4 ounces cooked salmon or 3.5 ounces grilled chicken breast).
  • For more details on What to Eat When, check out Dr. Mike’s book to revolutionize your diet.
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