Fitness & Nutrition with Andi: Myth Busting on weight training: being fit & firm vs “fat-skinny”

Let’s start this Fitness and Nutrition chapter by getting a few things straight, shall we? We’ve all been exposed to the wide array of fitness and diet fads. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. How do you sift through the mixed-messages to find what really works? Through my next few weeks I’ll give you the facts on some of the most common misconceptions about fitness and nutrition that I hear, starting with one of THE most underutilized methods of fitness training: Weight Training.

FACT OR MYTH: Lifting weights will make you “bulky”

MYTH!

Many women (especially) stay out of the weight room for fear of “looking bulky”, thinking that the key to a lean, sexy body is cardio. Spending hours on a treadmill, stair-master, elliptical machine (whatever your poison) serves a purpose, will burn calories, and in some cases keep you lean, but at what cost? I can’t imagine that many of you are screaming to have LESS time on your hands that you can’t find enough to do with your days. Quite the contrary I’d bet.

Good news!

Resistance training 2-3X/wk will allow you to cut your workout time in half, burn more calories over the long term, and… ready for the best part? Lean muscle takes up less space than fat!

By weight training for muscular toning (keeping your weights light and reps high, 12-15 reps per set) you’ll create a leaner, stronger frame that’s toned and firm, rather than soft and squishy (“fat-skinny”).

More good news.

Lean muscle increases your body’s natural metabolic rate (picture your body as a car). If you were to increase the idle on your car you’d burn more fuel – so is true with your body. By keeping your engine idling at a higher rate you’ll increase your total calorie burn throughout your day and have a steadier energy level. Resistance training (weight training) causes your metabolic rate to stay elevated for hours post-workout, burning more fuel.

And where is the source of energy (‘fuel’) for your body to run found most efficiently? FAT! Compared to protein and carbohydrate, pound for pound, fat is converted to fuel at a higher energy output – providing 9kcal of energy per 1lb of fat, vs only 4kcal per lb of protein or carbohydrate, making it your body’s preferred go-to – unfortunately, because our diets these days are more carbohydrate dominant than protein and (healthy) fat driven, most of us don’t run nearly as efficiently as we could and carry excess unwanted fat.

So, how do you get your body running more efficiently, have more energy through the day, carry more lean muscle and less fat, have shinier hair, clearer skin, healthier joints and tissues, a stronger immune system and stay leaner? Sound like it’s going to be complicated? Getting all of those benefits MUST require a lot of work right? Best news of the day – it can all be accomplished by following just a few simple eating guidelines.

Coming up: “The Skinny on Fat”

If you have any fitness and nutrition questions please leave a comment here or drop me a message at andi@naturalmommie.com  I’d love to hear from you!

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About Andi, Fitness & Nutrition Editor

Andi Gladwin is the Owner and Training Director of Results Oriented Fitness (ROF “rough”) based out of Toronto, ON. Specializing in functional strength and conditioning for athletes (and yes, that means YOU!), ROF Canada was born in 2010. She ventured out to create a company that athletes could be confident knowing they were hiring highly experienced and educated coaches who are fully dedicated to their personal well being and success. As the Natural Mommie Fitness & Nutrition Editor, Andi posts weekly Q&As, tips and vlogs to help mommies and mommies-to-be to rock their health and fitness!

8 thoughts on “Fitness & Nutrition with Andi: Myth Busting on weight training: being fit & firm vs “fat-skinny”

  1. My wife and I both got into running and weight lifting to lose weight and weight lifting was life changing for her she shedded every pound she wanted. I as well gained the strength and bulk I wanted while losing the fat and my running became easier. I hope people will stop doing ab workouts and lift some iron because until they have a washboard stomach there isn’t much use to focusing on those tiny muscles. Better to focus on the legs the back the arms and do core workouts that work out the entire body!

  2. Way to go Samuel (and wife). So great to hear that you’re putting into action the principles of a solid foundation of fitness. And you’re right… it’s a much better plan to focus in large muscle groups and compound exercises to strengthen your body as a whole. Weight training, building lean muscle, can make ALL the difference in your body composition.

    Yes Jennifer, cardiovascular training is also important… stayed tuned. There will more on that in the near future ;) Sounds like you’ve got a great routine with fitness as an important component to your day.
    Especially for beginners, once you get past the first few weeks of starting (or getting back into) a fitness routine, which are usually the hardest, making it a part of your day gets easier.

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