I recently came across a post in one of the fitness groups that I follow on Social Media, bashing Kayla Itsines (of the famous Bikini Guide Workout the "sweat with Kayla" movement or Team BBG) blog post about getting in shape without bulking. The author of the post bash was basically saying how irritated she was that people have this perception that getting bulky as a woman is a BAD thing! I recalled some recent conversations with guy friends in which they told me they did not think "buff" chicks were attractive. I felt they may be more intimitaded by a woman who was stronger than themselves and were probably just in their feelings to protect their manhood. I also thought of the several female body competitors that I follow on social media and that I am actually really great friends with. They are beautiful women inside and outside. Although I don't necessarily aspire to look like a competitor, I do admire strong women. Most of these women are married too! So obviously many men DO THINK "BUFF is Beautiful!".
I decided what it really comes down to is what the mind tells us each time we look in the mirror. The media would have us think that skinny photoshopped women are what we must aspire to be to be attractive. We try to look like Jennifer Lopez in the back and Angelina Jolie in the front with the arms of Michelle Obama and the feet of the Kardashins. We try diet after diet and get frustrated when they don't work. So we starve ourselves and spend 2 hours a day running on a treadmill to try and get results. But starving yourself and drinking meal replacement shakes everyday isn't the answer. You will burn fat, but you will also shed muscle due to the protein deficiency, and you’ll probably cause the one area you’re trying the hardest to tone up to blow up and make you feel worse about yourself!
I read a article that really nailed it simply for me and I want to share what "Food for Fuel" wrote:
"The only way for a woman to look toned up is to either be hit by the genetics stick or get their diet under control and do resistance training. The reason for that is that women naturally have a higher body fat percentage and because they can’t build big muscles, the easiest way to get around genetics is to increase your body’s overall lean muscle mass while attacking body fat through nutrition."
I believe in the power of exercise, but I think the harder part is nutrition. I recently tried RSP Nutrition and recommend it for both ends of the spectrum. (Whether you want to be bulky or not!) Why?! Because they have a range of products that meets every need from assistance with weight loss to muscle recovery. Also, because the effects are fast acting and you can see results quickly!) RSP ingredients help you break down body fat and cut fat cell count. So your results are longer lasting. Counting calories isn't the ultimate fix. Your body has needs. Fuel yourself correctly so that your body can do what it needs to help you!
Having muscle is a good thing! Since 5 lbs of muscles weighs as much as 5 lbs of fat...but looks different obviously...which one would you choose to have? Bulky is beautiful. Strong is beautiful. So if yoga or running is your thing...power to ya! But let's also take a second to appreciate the beauty of the rugby players and cross fit warriors. Just because you can bench press your husband, doesn't make you any less of a unique and beautiful female than the rest of them. So today we are celebrating all bodies whether they be bulky or thin! Because the body is a amazing and beautiful thing!
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