If you’re a woman with a goal of getting fit you need to know this first:
Follow the bulk of mainstream diet and exercise advice and you’re going to wind up skinny fat.
Seriously. It’s that simple.
Popular magazines, bloggers, and trainers, as well as clueless men and ridiculous social standards all want you to work and starve your ass off (literally) until you look like a shivery tree brutalised by a hard winter.
But I don’t want that for you. So heres some truth.
Heavy weightlifting, they say, is strictly out of the equation. Unless, of course, your goal is to look like a Minecraft character. Food is basically your enemy, they say. A necessary evil that must be tamed through living as if you are going through a famine. This is your Stair Master, they say. There are many like it, but this is yours. It is your life. Without your Stair Master, you will be forever flabby.
The bottom line is do exactly as they say and you’ll melt away muscle, sap strength, crash your metabolism, and poleax your hormones.
Heavy Weightlifting Doesn’t Make You “Bulky”–Being Fat Does If there’s one lie that causes more harm to women’s physiques than any other, it’s the warning that heavy weightlifting makes you “bulky.” Well, the first thing you should know it’s very hard for women to build a big, bulky body.
It doesn’t happen by accident or overnight. It takes years of intense training and eating to look like a dyed-in-the-wool weightlifter. Trust me–even if you wanted to get big, bulky muscles, you’d have a hell of a time actually doing it. The key to building muscle and not “bulk,” however, is staying lean. The more muscle you have, the more you have to pay attention to your body composition.
Conquer Your Fear of Food If you think certain foods make you fat… If you feel guilty every time you eat carbs… If you think people that have “cheat meals” just have no willpower… If you think obsessing over eating “clean” is the only way to ever look and feel good…
Imagine this: You have the lean, sexy body you want and you maintain it by eating foods you like every day, including treats normally considered off limits. You never feel starved or deprived and thus rarely feel the urge to binge or even overeat. You do this for the rest of your life and live happily ever after. The end.
My storytelling skills might need some work, but that’s no fairy tale. It’s how millions of women are living their lives, unplugged from the Matrix of mainstream bullshit diet advice, and you can join them right now.
Want to Kill Your Curves? Do a ton of cardio be honest: have you ever seen a marathon runner with an impressive body? Probably not. Sure, you have the outliers, but on the whole, people that do a lot of endurance training look either ill or skinny fat. This is a direct result of their exercise regimen. And it shows you precisely what you don’t want to do in yours.
If you believe sacrificing lots of your valuable time and spending your life on the treadmill is the price you have to pay to look good, allow me to quickly tell you, that you have been misinformed. You Have to Train Like a Man to Look Like a Goddess. You can keep your grace outside of the gym, but if you want to build an awesome physique, you need to know how to get serious in the gym.
Forget the Barbie weights. Don’t worry about looking perfect and don’t give a sh*t what other people might think. Show up every day with one goal in mind–to build muscle and strength–and give every workout everything you’ve got. Yeah, that means you’re going to make some ugly faces when you grind out those last few reps. That’s how progress is made though. One ugly, shaky, sweaty facial contortion at a time.
– Aaron McClelland
Evolve Health & Performance