Trying to Build Muscle? These 6 Things are Getting in Your Way

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Cutting All Carbs
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Cutting All Carbs

It’s fine if you ditch your soda and chip habit — you should do that anyway — but Chapman points out that high-quality carbs optimize muscle recovery by replenishing muscle glycogen stores between training sessions. “If you’re falling short of carbs, you’ll never get the most from your weight training sessions, ultimately limiting your gains,” she says. Stick to high-quality carbs from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and eat a diet balanced with all three macronutrients: proteins, carbs, and fats. 

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