Many women believe that resistance exercise causes weight gain and a “bulky appearance.” Yes, strength training can lead to weight gain. You can almost certainly count on that. That is, nevertheless, totally acceptable. If the gains you’re seeing are in Lean Body Mass, your weight may stay the same or even rise, but you’ll appear more lean and toned.
Muscle is denser than fat, meaning it takes up less space on your body. By losing fat and gaining muscle, you can stay the same weight–or even gain some–but actually, be slimmer than you were before. Think of weight training as an investment that pays serious dividends down the road. The more muscle you have, the more visceral fat in your body can burn over time.
“Healthy” is not a number on the scale—it’s how you look and feel. So don’t think in terms of what you want to lose and focus more on what you want to gain, both physically and emotionally. Etch this thought deep into your brain: as long as you’re noticing positive changes in how you look and feel, that arbitrary number on the scale doesn’t make a bit of difference. In fact, the number on the scale is likely to lead you astray.
The first step toward achieving a healthy level of lean body mass is to do a body composition analysis to determine how much you have. Click here to read more about the various types of BIA devices that analyse body composition.