In truth, this statment isn't completely inaccurate. If an individual trains with heavy weights and continues to eat a poor diet that is low in protein and/or high in unfriendly carbohydrates and sugars, that person will appear bulkier. This however is not due to a huge surge in muscle mass, but the layer of fat that continues to sit between the improved muscle mass and the skin itself.
Other benefits of working with weights -
* You become stronger! This makes day to day activities a lot easier and as we get older, the more this will enhance our ability to remain independent in our own home.
* Improved body composition - as mentioned before, muscle burns fat. 1lb of muscle burns 35-75 calories per day in comparison to 8 calories from 1lb of fat. So more muscle and less fat leads to a tighther, smaller and more toned physique.
* Improved performance - not just in the gym but in any activity!
* Decreased risk of osteoporosis - this isn't selective to just women. Weight training has been shown to not only slow the onset of this disease but help boost and rebuild bone density.
So you're putting in the hard work with your training and not seeing the results you crave for. How DO you lose the layer of fat between your wonderfully sculpted muscles and your skin?
Food. Plain and simple.
The majority of people will claim to say that they eat a healthy diet, but eating healthily and eating for fat loss are two completely different stories. If you fail to fuel your body correctly, you are not going to see the results so many of us crave for, women and men alike.
Top tips for a better diet -
* Eat more green, leafy vegetables; broccoli, spinach, kale, brussel sprouts, asparagus. All of these could become your main source of carbohydrates, as well as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, courgette and aubergines.
* Eat protein with every meal; protein helps aid in the recovery and repair process of the body and will boost the body's potential to build more muscle
* Drink plenty of water; improves the vast majority of all bodily functions and reduces water rentention (which can make you look puffy)
So ladies, please don't shy away from the weights section the next time you work out for fear of bulking up. Look at the bigger picture and just remember that Rome wasn't built in a day - if you want to see fantastic results, you need to do more than others are willing to do, both in your training regime and eating regime.