1) Women and weight training.
This one pisses me off the most! There are SO many of you girls out there that will not touch iron because you're scared of mutating into some looming she-hulk.
I will not judge you too harshly on this belief as it seems to be a recurring concern for women; myself included when I was first starting out on my own fitness journey back in the day.
I don't know who started the rumour, that's irrelevant at this stage however I have to 'educate you' so to speak because if I see one more bunny wander into the gym, run on the treadmill for an hour and then leave again, I will pull my own hair out.
Firstly; it's important that you girls understand from the get go that it is IMPOSSIBLE (again, IMPOSSIBLE) for your body to replicate the physique of the babe'n body builder you eyeball whilst racking up your KMs.
The difference between the boys and your build is hormones. Women simply do not naturally possess the levels of testosterone required to build the same amount of muscle as the grainier sex. It just won't happen.
And those rare women you do see on your Insta feed that look like they bench press The Hulk himself, I guarentee you they are aided by a certain nameless drug to be able to mosey up that kind of muscle.
The average girl boss (you) who picks up some weight heavier than her hand bag will never look like that, this I promise you.
What WILL happen is you will start shedding those layers of fat and that "toned" look you bang on about all the time, that WILL happen. "Toned" is just the girl was of saying "building muscle"
And guess what, BECAUSE you have more lean muscle, your body will begin to burn fat all on its own! Without the need for MORE cardio.
Incorporate weight training with HIIT sessions 3-4 times a week; followed by a balanced diet and I PROMISE YOU; you will love your reflection so much, you'll want to be naked 24:7!
I don't demonise cardio, I LOVE clocking the KMs; I identify as a runner but experience and time has taught me that if you don't incorporate some strength training too; you're just going to be skinny, with NO tone. We already looked like 12 year old boys before puberty, do you really want to look like again?!
Pick up those Dumbbells girlfriend; you look sexy as fuck holding them and you'll look sexy as fuck when you're done with them xx
2) CARBS are NOT evil!
Ugh. Ok. Let me break this down for you. Your body NEEDS carbs. And they are everywhere and in just about everything; cutting them out is not only un-necessary but also incredibly difficult. And I mean, WHY?! What about pasta go-go?!
I could bang on for ages about the varying levels of carbs and what they do for your body both good and bad but I won't because that needs a whole separate blog post.
Just like fats, there are both good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs fuel your body and give it the energy levels it needs to function at various levels. For example, I used to carb load intentionally to fuel my long distance runs (AND because I liked doing it!), my body required more of them. Since transitioning to weight training I now need less carbs and more protein to repair the muscle I just smashed doing deaddies.
Your individual requirements are going to vary depending on your goals and lifestyle but what I want you to realise is that
"If I cut carbs; I'll lose weight"
Is utter bullshit. Much like my next point....
3) "But I went for a walk today..."
I'm going to try not rant here. Yes you need to get your steps in, that admirable; and yes, it's hard for some people.
But I hate to break it to you; I really do wish it was this simple, BUT, going to the gym, walking on th Le treadmill or cross trainer for an hour is going to do jack shit.
For exercise to be effective, you need to break a sweat.
Again, the exact need of each person varies but if you're not pushing yourself; why even bother? I tell you fact: you're going to burn more than triple the amount of calories engaging in a 20 min HIIT session than an hour of power walking. Once you've done your HIIT, yeah cool, get on the treadmill and go for your walk...AS A COOL DOWN method.
Which leads me to my next point:
Slim pills, fat burners, Skinny teas, waist trainers, vibrating boards DO NOT make you lose weight. Some of these things are designed to ASSIST with a regular training program, like fat burners for example but simply taking them on their own... the only thing you burned was a hole in your wallet kid, sorry.
Don't be gullible. And please, stop being sold on a fantasy. If this shit worked, EVERYONE would be wandering out with their kit off, rigs out.. And please stop kidding yourself, you're just over complicating something that is basic math really.
Caloric intake VS Calorie expenditure. If you're using more than you consume, you lose weight, if you eat more than you burn; you gain weight. Simple.
KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)
I say it all out of love, I promise.