Now before you ladies jump down my throat, this post is purely based on trying to educate you.
I have been a personal trainer for nearly 7 years and in that time I have trained many women. They have all come to me with their ideas of what they believe is the best way to train and sadly they have all been wrong.
What I have learned to understand and therefore communicate to my clients to help educated them is that how you train and what you do in your training sessions as well as your nutrition is so important.
Your body responds a certain way to how you train and eat.
If you train to just burn the time, chances are you will never achieve the goal/s you want for yourself. If you train with a plan and you have an educated and knowledgeable trainer/program to follow, you will be more inclined to achieve the goal/s you want.
Here are three tips to help you avoid making silly mistakes with your training and nutrition:
1. Drastically Cutting Calories - doing this is one of the worst things that you could do if you want to lose fat. Your body will down regulate your metabolism in order to preserve the fuel stores and you burn fewer calories daily. Oh and this happens fairly quickly!
2. Fearing Dietary Fat - filling your diet with beneficial fats (nuts, seeds, meat, fish, eggs, avocado, coconut oil) provides nutrients so that the body can produce brain transmitters, build bones, repair tissue, and have a healthy metabolism.
3. Focusing on 'getting toned' - getting toned simply requires two things to happen:
Lose excess body fat
Increase the size of muscle cells to provide shape
To lose fat, improve up your nutrition. Try a whole foods nutrition plan that is higher protein and avoids all forms of refined carbs and extra sugar.
Use free weights and incorporate exercises like squats, lunges, step ups, presses, rows, chin ups and deadlifts.
These exercise are what I refer to as BANG FOR YOUR BUCK exercises meaning that for all the effort you put in, you receive a great reward for it in terms of fat burning, strength gaining and overall body composition improvement.
So there you have it!
I hope you enjoyed this post.