One of the biggest myths surrounding female strength training is the idea that we will end up looking like a body builder within a few sessions! Women simply don’t produce enough testosterone to gain muscle in the same way as men do. That doesn’t make strength training a lost cause though… There are so many benefits to picking up those dumbbells, including increases in strength, bone density, energy and confidence!
Unfortunately it is scientifically impossible to spot reduce fat from certain areas. Your body stores fat in certain areas due to genetic disposition, so the best way to reduce this is by doing big compound movements and having a look at your diet.
We all have an ideal body type that we aspire to look like when exercising, but sometimes we need to be kinder to ourselves by being more realistic with our expectations. If the person you aspire to look like has a very different skeletal make up to you then chances are you’re going to look completely different! That’s never a bad thing though, we all come in different shapes and sizes and that’s what makes us so unique. Instead of comparing yourself to others, try to focus on your own progress and congratulate yourself!
Just as we can’t spot reduce fat; we also can’t produce sustainable weight loss by eliminating whole food groups. Low carb diets often produce good initial results on the scales because we lose a huge amount of water from our muscles as opposed to losing fat! This weight will go straight back on the moment we start to eat normally again. We need carbohydrates for energy, especially if we are exercising – eating carbs and protein together actually helps the muscle absorb the protein for a more efficient recovery. Rather than demonise particular foods, it’s much better to look at overall calories in our diets if we want to lose weight.