Somewhere a long the line women were told that the answer to a "fit" body was to diet and do cardio.
Yep. I tried it. You know what it did to me? It made me sad, angry, tired, irritable, anxious, exhausted, and the list goes on.
I would eat as little as possible and use every ounce of energy I could to burn off as much as I could on the treadmill. That is what my life revolved around.
When I look back, I know that it wasn't MY fault. There's a million reasons why I became so obsessed:
An innocent diet turned into a full-blown eating disorder. I couldn't go out to eat with friends. I couldn't leave my room. I hardly left my house. All I thought about was food and cardio.
But if "they" say cardio and dieting is the answer - then why aren't people seeing results. Take a look at this "before and after pic".
I weigh 20lbs MORE in the second picture. That's after years of recovery, fixing my metabolism, finding balance, and learning WTF I was doing.
If I could change one thing about the fitness industry, it's to stop focusing so much on cardio and dieting and to focus on BALANCE, physical and mental STRENGTH.
Women are taught to make themselves smaller. To be little and innocent.
Well let me tell you this - we are STRONG FIGHTERS. We go through a lot of pressure to be and look a certain way and all it does is honestly...ruin our lives.
So ladies, please. Take the first step. Take the step to better your health and happiness. You deserve to feel full of life and energy. Stop wasting your time doing something you hate thinking it's going to get you to your goals.
Try something new. Try lifting weights. Sure, it's going to be scary at first. I won't lie about that. But it WILL make you FEEL powerful, amazing and strong.
Basic Tips on Gaining Muscle
Your life doesn't have to revolve around cutting calories, cutting out food and food groups. You can ENJOY food and still be healthy. If you are jumping on the treadmill for hours a day because you think you HAVE to, know that there are other, more efficient ways to train.
Don't worry about the number on the scale. Focus on physical and mental strength. The number on the scale really doesn't mean much.