Strength Training for Women: Big and Bulky or Necessary for Fat Loss?
Let’s talk fat loss for a few minutes. How often to you hear people say they need to lose weight? All the time right? And what is the normal game plan? Eat less and exercise more. I used to do the exact same thing. On the surface, it seems to make sense right? If you reduce your calories and move more, the scale should drop. Simple.
This actually does work for a lot of people (trust me…I’ve been there and done that). But there is a huge difference between losing “weight” and losing “fat.” Most people use these terms interchangeably but they are actually quite different.
Let me give you a personal example. It was my senior year of high school (nearing the end), and I decided I wanted to lose weight. I had never really worked out and had no idea what I was doing. However, this was when the Adkins diet was super popular, and I knew someone who had done it and lost a ton of weight. So I embarked on my weight loss journey with dreams of losing weight and being super sculpted with abs afterwards. I cut out basically all carbs and starting walking (usually 4-5 miles a day).
I lost 20 pounds pretty easily. However, I didn’t achieve the sculpted body I was after. I was still pretty soft all over. I thought I would be lean and muscular. What I didn’t know at the time is was that in order to be lean and muscular, for one, I needed to work on adding muscle to my body and secondly, I didn’t realize that although the scale had gone down I had lost both fat and muscle (the little that I had).
The other thing that happened it that I rebounded hard and gained all the weight back plus some because it’s not really realistic to never again eat carbs (plus carbs are really good, right?).
Fast forward a few years, and I reattempted this whole weight loss thing but this time with a personal trainer. My trainer wanted me to lift weights. My first instinct was that I had no interest in lifting weights because I didn’t want to be big and bulky. I wanted to be “lean and toned.” My trainer proceeded to tell me that I just needed to trust her. It sounded like nonsense to me but I followed her guidance and gave it a try. This is what happened:
Here’s the truth: Strength training is one of the best ways to achieve fat loss when it’s coupled with proper nutrition.
Picking up heavy weight doesn’t cause women to be bulky.
I know you have probably seen pictures of women like the one pictured below and assume this is what happens to you when you lift weights, but this is simply not the case. Women who are bodybuilders develop this physique after years of intentional effort with a lot of help (think lots of testosterone, lots of food, and lots of added supplements).
This is what actually happens when you lift weights:
If you are after the “toned” look, you have to add some muscle and reduce your body fat. Strength training is the perfect way to do that.
And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need hours to do this or a ton of equipment. The combination of some dumbbells, your body weight, and twenty to thirty minutes a few times a week will do the trick.
I love introducing people to strength training.
My goal is to help as many women as possible develop strength and confidence and create stress-free lifestyles through a sustainable and simplistic approach to their nutrition, exercise, and mindset.
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