I talk to a lot of ladies who are unsatisifed with their bodies but are scared to start lifting weights because they don’t want to be any bigger than they already are. I know the way that feels because I was you. I’ve had those fears and those concerns.
But here’s the thing:
Muscles require energy to upkeep. The more muscle you have, the more energy/fat your body can burn during the day. But if you aren’t using your muscle, the energy your body used to put into those muscles will be stored in your fat stores instead. Consistent resistance training helps bump your muscles up higher on your body’s energy priority list so you will be able to maintain the muscles you have an maybe even build them a bit to increase your daily energy expenditure.
Muscles don’t just appear out of nothing. They require some building blocks that you get from your food. In order to build muscle, you have to be supplying your body with excess building blocks. If you don’t want to build muscle, then don’t eat past full and don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
Eat balanced meals that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables or fruits when you feel hungry and eat until you feel comfortably satisfied.
I hope you recognize that your body is an incredible gift. I hope that you love your body, not because of what it looks like, but because of the things you can do because you have a body. I hope you respect your body and show it appreciation by feeding it healthy food and that you stay physically active so your body and mind can be healthy and high functioning. I hope that as you see people who have bodies with more or less fat, or more or less muscle, or who have more or less physical capacity than you, that you do not idolize them or look down on them for their physical state, but that you appreciate that each of us will have our own state of ideal health that won’t look the same as anyone else’s. I hope you never diet, but instead that you adopt healthy lifestyle patterns that help you to feel your very best. I hope you stop chasing skinny and start chasing healthy and start being happy with wherever you’re at.