LADIES, IF YOU WANT TO GET LEANER, BUILD MUSCLE
Even if fat loss is your priority, do your best to retain muscle. Why? Because it’s pretty and metabolically expensive (it burns more calories, even at rest). Why would you want to destroy something that eats up calories and makes you look harder and tighter? If you think your hips or legs (or any other body part) are “too big” the worst thing you can do is try to lose muscle (atrophy) that area.
Don’t get so obsessed with losing weight or inches that you make yourself weak, skinny, flabby and metabolically stunted. That is what happens when you obsess on weight loss or inches instead of getting fit.
Don’t misunderstand; nutrition is a priority when you’re trying to get lean. Remember; you can’t out train a bad diet. But resistance training will make your efforts to get rid of the fat and keep it off so much easier.
Sorry, you can’t retain or gain muscle using those cute little pink dumbbells. You have to put in some effort. And it won’t happen with cardio alone. You’ll need to incorporate compound lifts into your workout. Start with body weight if you must-just start!
New to this? Not sure where to start? Ask around for the best trainer you can find in your area. I guarantee you’ll get the trainer’s undivided attention if you tell them you want to build muscle while losing fat.
Or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, here are links to a few prior articles. There are many more.