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The 10 Biggest Fitness Mistakes That Are Making You Fat

If you think that the 20 minutes you spent slacking on the elliptical actually burned 250 calories like the machine says, or that lifting weights will make you look like a linebacker (and not in a good way), you need us! We asked top trainers to give us the skinny on all that exercise hype. Here are some major mistakes you might be making.

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Mistake #1: You don’t work out because you’re afraid it will make you super-hungry -- and eat more.

Actually, the opposite is true. Exercise has actually been shown to act as an appetite suppressant. Translation: Regular trips to the gym can actually help you stick to your diet. Yes, seriously intense sweat sessions (think: marathon training) can increase your appetite, but that's because your body is burning an enormous amount of calories and needs lots of nutrients to recover. But few of us train that hard on a regular basis. So if you're hungry all the time, don't blame the gym -- blame your diet. See, your body kinda has a mind of its own, and if you're not feeding it all the nutrients it needs, it will just crave more food (and often bad food) until it gets them. Maybe it's rebelling -- who knows? -- but the point is, as long as you're eating nutritious foods (and you're not using a trip to the gym as an excuse for a junk-food fest), you won't negate your hard work, even if you eat a bit more.

Low-cal meal ideas.

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