Are you making mistakes that will prevent you from losing body fat, and make your body firmer? Are you frustrated with every new diet that hits the market, since you still are trying to drop 20 pounds or more? Today, I want to speak of the mistakes women make when trying to lose weight.
I have spent over 20 years talking to women about fat loss. They still think that to have a fit body, you need to do MORE cardio, and eat less.
Simply put, you need to build muscle. Not only does muscle burn calories while you are in the gym, but while you are sitting on the couch watching TV. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS MY FOLLOW ALONG WORKOUT VIDEO PROGRAM FOR WOMEN.
Most women love cardio machines. I see the “skinny” girl running for her life, and I see the overweight woman walking, or slowly running for an hour.
Let’s discuss why strength training, and adding muscle will benefit your fat loss goals.
They are both waiting for their body to drop fat, and look fit.
Muscle is metabolically active tissue. That means for every pound of muscle that you add to your frame, you will burn calories faster.
You might have heard the term, BMR. That stands for basal metabolic rate. Your BMR is your resting metabolic rate, or how many calories your body burns while at rest.
What that means to you,
How do you do that? Adding muscle by strength training. The bigger the muscles, the higher the resting metabolism. Which explains why a 200-pound bodybuilder that has about 6% body fat, needs to consume around 7000 calories daily. The most incredible part of this is that his metabolism runs so fast and hard, that if he doesn’t consume enough calories, he will lose muscle!
Which also brings up the fact that if all you do is cardio, and you have very little muscle on your body, you can end up burning through precious muscle tissue. Most girls run their asses off (literally) and have no shape. Ever see the girls in the fitness magazines? They are curvy, shapely, feminine and STRONG.
Sure maybe they have clean dietary practices, but they all lift weights.
One of the other biggest problems with cardio only is that it sets you up for overuse injuries. Repetitive movements from cycling, spinning, and running work hard on joints, and tendons.
Numerous studies have been done to prove that a body that has a strength and conditioning program mixed in with cardio builds the fastest, strongest athletes.
You need power to get you to the finish line. Power comes from building muscle.
One of the biggest problems we have as an aging society is that we are not strong enough to take care of ourselves in our later years.
Sure, we live longer, but…do we live stronger? Not unless you have a plan for your body to make this happen. This means actually pushing your body to build muscle buy putting a demand on your body that it is not used to.
Sure, it will be a bit tough in the beginning, but the most amazing thing happens when women lift weights. With the right coaching, the right form and a bit of repetition, you WILL begin to reshape your body in a few weeks.
Progressively adapting to a “load” of work is the body’s amazing natural skill. All you have to do is put it up to the challenge. It doesn’t matter if you are 20, or 60. YOU WILL GET STRONGER. So it’s up to you to stop making mistakes that women make when trying to lose
This is also how you will strengthen your core, firm up your butt, and stand straighter with more confidence.
Make this the year that cardio is the add on, and strength training is the focus! Make this the year that your body changes without stepping on the scale!
Get ready to feel energized, confident and strong as you lift, push and pull weights every week. See how your body starts to feel tighter and firmer.
Don’t worry about getting too big. (Women don’t have the testosterone to get too bulky.) Those women athletes that look like men have devoted years, hours, supplements and sometimes steroids to have muscles like men.