Ask any woman why she’s going to the gym, and losing weight is probably what you’ll hear most often. While this is a good goal, we’ve got a more specific, healthier goal in mind: you want to get lean. Being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy.
The Quick Guide To Getting Lean For Ladies
The ideal goal is to become more muscular, to shed fat, and gain strength. Although bodybuilding is admirable, most women are interested in getting lean rather than bulked up. In this article, we’ll focus on lifestyle choices, diet, and exercise for becoming a leaner lady.
1. Go For Cardio
While lifting weights helps with muscle gain and fat loss, if you want to become truly lean, you’re going to need some tough exercise.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts in particular help shed fat fast, without muscle degradation.
HIIT exercises combine short bursts of high-intensity work with lower-intensity rest periods, like 1 minute of sprinting followed by 1 minute of jogging or walking.
2. Lift Heavy
One of the greatest mistakes women make is lifting light weights, thinking this will help them avoid bulking up.
The truth is, bulking up is difficult for women without supplements – we are low on testosterone, and testosterone is what makes men much more muscular than women, on average. Go for heavy weights with about 10 repetitions for 4 to 5 sets to build muscle and burn fat.
3. Stop Eating When You’re Full
It sounds so simple, but it can be so hard. If you’re looking to get lean, you’re going to need to keep your daily calories in check.
Eat slowly, drink water, and focus on enjoying your food rather than shoveling it down. Your body will thank you.
4. Calculate Your Calories
You always need to be careful when it comes to calorie counting, as you don’t want to go overboard or turn it into an uncomfortable obsession. That being said, if you’re just starting to adjust your lifestyle to get lean, try calculating just how much you need.
After a week or so of counting calories, you’ll be able to estimate just how much you need to eat per day to reach your weight loss or maintenance goals.
5. Don’t Over-Train
When getting lean is your goal, it’s easy to overwork yourself and end up with an injury or in bed so sore you can’t work out for days. Don’t make this mistake. Listen to your body and stop when you need to stop.
Don’t feel like you need to run for hours – thirty minutes of cardio a few times a week will suffice for most.
6. Find Exercises You Love
The key to getting lean and staying lean is finding a way to enjoy working out. If you don’t like running, try cycling, swimming, kayaking, or some other aerobic activity.
Whatever you do, get your heart rate up.
7. Make It Last
The most important tip we have is to find a way to make healthy eating and exercise enjoyable for you.
You can’t just build a lean body and then quit (if only, right?). Find ways to make these tips work long-term, because that’s real success.
Have any extra tips? We’d love to hear from you.