First, compare for example 1 lb of fat vs 1 lb of muscle:
Originally Posted by VeggieLover
Notice the difference? Pound per pound, more muscle is better in most cases and can't hurt you.
Even look at what 5 lbs of muscle looks like:
Take that and spread it all over your body and it won't even be noticeable.
Anyways, I think you get the point. Muscle weight is generally good. And women typically can't put on too much muscle anyways, in most cases no matter how hard they try.
With that being said, building a little bit of muscle shouldn't hurt you, so you don't have to be afraid of it. But if anything, your main goal with weight training should be to preserve muscle.
As a side benefit, and actually most importantly when working on weight loss, weight training also preserves the metabolism while in a calorie deficit. That's why it should always be the first exercise of choice when dieting.
Cardio on the other hand actually causes a decrease in your metabolism while in a calorie deficit. I wouldn't say that means you should avoid it like the plague, because it still does have its benefits such as improved immune system with low-moderate intensity exercise as well as an elevated mood. Also realize that the decrease in metabolism is actually from the further calorie deficit created by the cardio and not the actual type of exercise in of it'self. In other words, if you were eating enough calories and doing cardio, it shouldn't have a negative affect on your metabolism. Also, even with a reduction in calories and cardio, you still could protect it with weight training. And lastly, you're only really going to have problems with your metabolism if your in a severe calorie deficit anyways.
So I actually do agree with what some of the others said. I would replace a few of your cardio sessions with weight training sessions. My bet is that the yoga is actually pretty good. Also, if you're feeling fine, you're probably not doing too much. I'm also convinced that someone could easily do up to 7 hours of exercise per week, as long as some of it is low-moderate intensity; too much high intensity exercise is no good.
I hope that helps.
Thank you that really really helps and motivates me! I will give it a shot, I posted this because I was concerned I was over doing it. I will keep this all in mind this week and try to incorporate more weight training.
Slow then fast with depletion of glucose stores during the slow part and anaerobic for the fast part. No eating or drinking anything but light water during the at least 1 hour previous and 2 hours post work out.
Slow workout = heavy lifting, yoga, walking, cardio(where you can easily sing call me maybe)
Fast workout = you can barely say the word call
So funny when women say they dont want to get bulky (muscular). I dont think i have ever seen a noticably over-muscular women in my entire life. Internet doesnt count.
Trust me VL, i have trained quite a few women who have worried about that and all are nothing but excited when they start putting on a little muscle. It really does help with body portions and adds curves to the right places.
I think weight training is good. I started seriously doing weights about a year and a half ago. Now I lift twice a week. I like my muscles, and I don't think I've bulked up excessively. It does make it harder to lose weight though (if you're just looking at the number on the scale). Actually, it hasn't really made me lose any body fat either. I'm a weird case. Nothing seems to work for me except running. But I still lift weights because I like the increased strength and the muscle (I'm very proud of my biceps and triceps). I do Rachel Cosgrove's Female Body Breakthrough, which I think is pretty good for a beginner.
Originally Posted by VeggieLover
I'm going to start CrossFit soon though. That's another possibility, if you have the money and think you may enjoy torture.