How does getting stronger make you leaner? Many of you are thinking: "I don't want to be big and bulky". Don't worry!! You will not become a bodybuilder from training with weights. Bodybuilders are following specific programming with a specific goal and outcome in mind.
Here is how stronger = leaner.
Your muscles require energy, which means you need calories to maintain your muscles. More muscle equates to more calories burned at rest with a leaner physique. Nutrition is now the first part of the equation. In order to feel your best at the gym and throughout your life, you need to be fueling those workouts with enough calories that support positive muscle growth.
Calories matter and yes you should be eating more than 1200 calories! I don't know where society started with the 1200 calorie for weight loss idea but we need to stop thinking that eating less will give you better results long term. So first off is macros, your protein, carb, and fat breakdown. Is this important? Yes it is and it will help you create the physique you want. Yes create! You are in control of your nutrition if you take the time to learn about how to eat for your optimal performance and then build off of that.
Now weight training is the next step. While focusing on strength training, it’s important to bump up the weights you’re using. Choosing your weights is all about listening to your body. A weight that works for you might not work for someone else and vice versa so focus on YOUR body getting stronger. You should strive to focus on form first then add in the weights as you get stronger. It's ok if you can't do 12 reps just yet at a weight, maybe you got 8 this week. Next week focus on getting 10-11 reps. You are also in control of your training. If you complete your sets with little to no fatigue, you are not challenging your muscle to change and grow.
You can also add in some cardio as a TOOL but not as your workout. Both cardio and strength training are key for getting the best results because they work together! Cardio improves your cardiovascular health, reduces stress, burns fat, and helps give you a better night’s sleep. Strength training increases your metabolism, strengthens your bones, and creates shape for your body. Too many times people train with the idea that cardio is the go-to way of losing weight. Here is the pyramid:
Foundation is nutrition, add in weight training, then cardio as a tool!
Don't be scared of the heavy weights, I can assure you with a solid training program you will see positive changes in your body that will create the shape you are looking for. Need some guidance? I can help you with training or nutrition or a combo of both if you are ready to take on the challenge with me!