I get DMs all of the time. "How can I get a leaner body? I am doing everything right, but I can't seem to lose body fat, especially around my midsection." And when I dig a little deeper, I find out these frustrated women are actually approaching fat loss all wrong.
The truth is if you want to lose body fat, you need to skip the cardio class and wander over to the weight side of the gym. Now, I am not saying cardio isn't great for your heart. And I know as a busy mama, sometimes, I need to get out of the house so I can destress and recharge. And a walk/run is exactly what I need.
But what I am saying is if you want to change the shape of your body, lean out, and improve your overall energy, you need to focus on building lean muscle. You do this by eating the right amounts of the right foods AND by adding resistance training, not cutting calories, and adding more cardio sessions.
4 REASONS TO GIVE STRENGTH TRAINING A TRY
1️⃣ Strength training can improve your mood and mental health. Lifting weights can be an empowering experience for you. As you get stronger you might find your confidence and self-esteem grow too. I see this all of the time with my clients!
2️⃣ Strength training can help you shed fat faster! Lifting weights helps you burn more calories. As you increase your muscle mass, your body burns more calories even at rest, so as you build more muscle you tap into more of your fat stores and you can say bye-bye to stubborn fat.
3️⃣ Strength training can improve your cardiovascular health. A study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found individuals who participated in strength workouts for at least one hour per week had a 40 to 70% lower risk of heart attacks.
4️⃣ Strength training can improve and help you maintain healthy bones, which is super important, especially for women. Studies have shown that lifting weights not only slows bone loss it can help rebuild it too.
If you know long cardio sessions aren't giving you the leaner body you want, download my Macros Made Simple guide. You'll learn how to properly balance your food and work WITH your body instead of against it.
Tired of using the wrong strategies to get a body you feel proud in? Join my next FASTer Way Coaching Group!