Another stupid idiotic male response to an honest female's question.
Originally Posted by TheFastCat
My experience is that yes, the squats do make your legs bigger.
When I started the Primal Blueprint a pair of cargo pants that I have were getting tight. Out of the drier, I had to do deep knee bends to make them comfortable. As I lost weight on the diet, the pants became loose right out of the drier. I had to wear a belt. The legs became embarrassingly loose and they started to look pretty sloppy. I considered donating them to the thrift store.
Then I began to lift weights. Linear progression, heavy squats to below parallel. Heavy deadlifts. Sets of 5. Those same pants are now snug out of the drier but only in the thighs. In the waist, I need a belt.
Not only those pants, but some of my hiking pants with the zip-off legs are pretty unbearable where the zipper is.
Some of us women DO gain muscle size. I actually like it that my muscles are getting larger. One nice thing about my waist size not changing is that I have a lot more muscle now on my back so a lot of my waist size is from my bigger back, which means overall I have a slightly better hourglass shape. Not dramatic, but I can see it.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.