What does ‘strong is the new sexy’ mean anyway? Lately there has been a surge in popularity for body transformation contests (and reality TV shows!) and tabloids were hunting for transformationists from around the country. However, there was a big catch: most tabloids didn’t care how their contestants got slim. They were rather interested in the success story but were least bothered how people lost weight and how much of self-sabotaging was done in the process.
Things are looking different now, thank God, although the craze to get slim at any cost hasn’t gone down completely. Dieticians and health experts were issuing constant warnings about the possible health consequences of losing weight and getting thin by unnatural methods but nobody seemed to bother about the consequences, they were only focused on the outcome. When you focus only on LOOKING THIN, chances are, you are committing these mistakes:
• You are burning your muscle – extreme diet plans can make you slim but that doesn’t mean you are healthy at the same time. Muscle tissues are the building blocks of human body and directly support our bones. Secondly, one pound of muscle needs 5 calories a day wherein 1 pound of fat only needs 2 calories a day to function. Simply put, adding more muscle to your frame means you can eat a lot more than the average person yet stay thin!
• Various Medical Problems – Extreme, unbalanced diets result in various health problems; both short-term and long-term.
Strength Training Won’t Bulk You Up – Cupcakes and Pastry Will!
One of the common complaints of women, when someone suggests strength training to them, is that strength training can ‘bulk them.’ Fortunately, this is untrue: lifting weights can make you healthy, tone your body and build some muscles (remember, more muscle means more calorie expenditure) but it will not bulk you up. Now I have seen people looking bigger after lifting weights, but thats just because they eat more junk when they are hungry and therefore are building the muscle but keeping (and possibly) adding the fat on top.
Strength training was unpopular among lots of women due to this myth. I still hear today from females who are unsure of lifting weights and when they do, they wont lift heavy. There is a reason why ChaleanExtreme did not sell as well as Chalene Johnson’s two other programs, Turbo Jam and Turbo Kick. Chalean Extreme was primarily a resistance (strength) training and it was a tough sell to this old mind set!
While men embrace strength training because of its potential to build muscles, women were reluctant for a very long time. However, if you are looking for a way to burn excess fat and get in shape, strength training is the way to go. Strength training not only burns fat but the fat burning process continues LONG AFTER you are done working out. If you are looking for a consistent increase in metabolism and a healthy body, it is time to grab your dumbbells!
Admit it, we do not want to be skinny with no tone! I for one love to see definition in females. It looks strong! It show confidence! Being strong and sexy is a lot easier than you think. Most strength training exercises can be performed with free weights but there are a lot of bodyweight workouts for people on the go. With women’s awareness on strength training increasing day by day, exclusive workout programs targeting women is no longer a hard thing to find. Holler if you need help deciding on one!