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Sure! Girls, be ambitious. Boys, be audacious. Let's dispel my favorite exercise myth, shall we?
Women need to not be afraid of lifting and full body resistance workouts, just like men shouldn't be afraid of cardio, yoga, and Pilates. The more diverse your workout throughout the week, the more you switch things up and try stuff your body isn't used to, the more you will get out of it.
Lifting will NOT make a woman too bulky looking. It takes years and years for that. You ladies out there will not shred away the pounds to find super-huge, overly-defined muscle underneath. Your bodies just don't work that way. Sorry! You may have some definition, but it takes women a whole lot more to build mass than men.
Cardio will NOT keep a man from building muscle faster and increasing mass. Your body is not going to eat up newly-acquired muscle mass unless your diet is so bad it leaves you severely malnourished. In which case, you won't be building up any muscle mass or strength anyway.
Diet comes first. Above everything else. You won't acquire the muscle gains or fat loss you want without it. And it's not a nasty word, nor should it ever be used as a verb. Don't "diet" as a thing to do sometimes on, sometimes off. Simply eat a healthy diet all the time.
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I've lost 55 lbs in 18 months by tracking my food so that I eat within 1400-1800 calories and use a Fitbit Zip to track my activity to make sure I am burning enough calories. I walk, jog, dance, do low and moderate impact aerobics, pilates, resistance bands, dumbbells, and stability ball workouts. I try to do something every day although a few days a week all I do is walk to give my muscles recovery time from other activities. I also gave up all soda and drink only water 99% of the time.
Of course some days I go over my calorie budget, or I don't get as much exercise as I need to lose weight, but I've made very steady progress in the past 18 months with only 1 month that I weighed a little more at the end than I did at the beginning, but I'd traveled for 4 weeks in a 6 week period including a 5 day cruise and showed a 4 lbs gain. Not bad if I do say so myself.
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