Are you a lady that is envious when you watch the slim trim professional Victoria's Secret class models on television as they strut their stuff down the runway? Female fitness models are in shape! Strong, muscular, but still very feminine. Curves are definitely in, provided they are formed of muscle mass and appear soft.
If that's the female fitness model look you're after, and what woman doesn't want sexy curves, heavy weights can be the key. Don't look shocked. You won't get all bulked up looking like a contestant in the Mr. Universe contest. Your body isn't hormonally configured to allow that. You don't have the necessary testosterone. With proper training and proper nutrition, it would be surprising for a woman to gain more than one-half pound muscle each month.
Women are used to using light or "pink" weights in the gym, even though they are not really providing the challenge needed to become female fitness models. Most women would be shocked to find out how strong they really are and how strong they could become with a little effort. Give yourself a challenge the next time you visit your gym for a workout. Start out with the ten pound dumbbells. You'll notice a significant difference in your body in only a few weeks.
Don't panic, if after a while at this level, you notice a weight gain when you step onto your bathroom scale. The weight increase will be muscle, not fat and pound for pound, muscles take up less volume that body fat. You'll be increasing muscle weight, but not getting any fatter.
If you visit a gym, you'll notice that most of the women aspiring to become female fitness models are do cardio exercises. It seems to be the expected workout for women. Truth is, however, that most women don't notice a significant improvement in their bodies from months on the treadmill or Stairmaster. The body quickly adapts to cardio training. You become more efficient at the cardio exercises as you continue to do them. You end up doing the same cardio routine, but burning fewer calories.
Unless you add more and more time to the cardio routine, it ceases to be a tool for fat loss. The next time you go for a workout, do twenty minutes of your cardio exercise at the following rates: thirty seconds as fast as you can followed by one and one-half minutes at a slower pace to recover. It's difficult, I'll admit, but you'll see positive results in a short time.
Now that we understand how improved workouts can be the secret of how to become a female fitness model, let's talk for a moment about carbohydrates. Carbs have been given a reputation of being the enemy to muscle builders and those trying to reduce body fat. There is nothing wrong with eating carbs provided you control the size of the portions and eat at appropriate times. You need carbs both before and after your workouts to provide and replace energy.
You must eat some fat to lose fat. It sounds like a paradox, but it's true. Women, characteristically, have a hormonal makeup that reacts differently to fats than do men, and actually do better on higher fat diets than men.
When you eat carbs, make sure that they are complex not simple carbs. Avoid processed foods that claim to be low-fat or no-fat. These foods may have had most fats removed, but to increase flavor the manufacturers usually add large amounts of salt and sugars to compensate for the missing fat. This sugar is converted by your body's insulin into fats. There is no advantage to low-fat no-fat foods in losing body fat.
Female fitness models are not overly concerned about eating some fat in their diets. It does assuage hunger and does give added flavor to your food. Set a target for no more than 25% of you calories coming from different healthful fats.
A final observation. Women always want to improve their glutes, which, when properly developed, give them a derriere to die for. To achieve the goal of a great butt, focus on adding heavy-weight lunges to your workout. One-legged squats, hamstring curls, and butt to the ground squats will also be of benefit.
If you follow the suggestions and methods described above, you'll see positive changes in your body in a very short time. The female fitness models of Victoria's Secret will be wondering what they must do to look like you!