Found this shot from my first fitness shoot! As you can see, lifting heavy weights, drinking protein shakes and eating every 2 hours, every day for months made me super manly and bulky (sarcasm).
Women do not have the levels of testosterone necessary to bulk up the way men do. As much as I’d LIKE to have bigger muscles, it’s VERY difficult and takes a long time! The women you see with huge, shredded muscles… they take steroids, train and eat massive amounts of food for YEARS to look like that! It does NOT happen by accident and it does NOT happen overnight.
Building muscle will actually make you look SMALLER. Muscle is MUCH denser than fat (smaller and more compact)… so when you change your body composition by losing fat and building muscle, you will actually appear smaller. Even though I weighed only 105 pounds in high school, I look WAY smaller now at 115 pounds!!! Remember.. TONE IS MUSCLE. It’s a LOT harder to “tone” than most girls think.
I eat clean, I lift weights and I do cardio on occasion. 80% diet, 20% training! I make sure to have a lean protein source at each meal.. I also eat a variety of veggies and healthy fats like olive oil and natural nut butters. I lift weights 5-6 days a week (splitting it up so I train different bodyparts on different days).
Get out there and chase your health and fitness goals! =)