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Preparing Women for Lifting Heavier Weight

December 24, 2010
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Want to be LEAN… and avoid getting bulky? You need muscle mass in order to burn fat, and light weights won’t do the trick.  Go heavier.

Many women refuse to lift heavy weights — or lift weights at all — for fear that they’ll get bulky.  If you have this fear, lay it to rest because women don’t put on muscle the way men do unless steroids are involved.  It’s physically impossible for women to put on muscle like men because women don’t produce enough testosterone. Lifting heavier weights will stimulate the growth of testosterone and the lean hormones needed to build the muscle that will incinerate the fat you want to get rid of.

Now… how to avoid puffiness. You will put on muscle faster than you will burn fat, so in order to not look puffy you have to eat clean.  Lean muscle mass is made as much in the kitchen than it is in the gym. In addition to heavy lifting and clean eatin’, these things will help you with your goals:

Are you drinking enough water? If you’re not consistent with your water intake, you’ll retain more water on the days you consume more. Basically, if you don’t drink enough water, the body holds on to every drop.

Are you eating too much salt? Your body will retain water if you prepare and/or eat foods with too much salt.

If you feel like you have the Puffies… consider eliminating gluten and dairy; both are inflammatory in many people, and neither is a great “weight loss food.”

Heavier. Clean. Heavier. Clean. Repeat.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 24, 2010 11:17 pm

    Great read! I used to be afraid of bulking up until I learned lean muscle is needed to burn that fat!!! Burn, baby, burn!

  2. December 24, 2010 11:25 pm

    oooooooooooooh NO FAIR, Shaune!! That should have been the title of the post: Burn, baby, burn!

    I’m lifting heavy this year, baby.

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