Why do most women fear effort?

Women tend to want to look like other famous women. Unfortunately, most famous women are celebrities and some of them don’t portray healthy physiques. The pictures you see in magazines do not reveal the full extent of the ‘beautifying’ process that is involved towards the ‘perfect’ look that many women would die for. They will also subconsciously hop on the ‘latest diet bandwagon’; especially if they know a celebrity is on the same bandwagon.

Let me give you my definition of the word, diet. It is not cutting down on food, neither is it a fixed way of eating. It is simply the food I eat.

Most women don’t understand that a lot of dedication and consistency is required just to look good naked. In my experience, women cannot differentiate between emotional hunger and real hunger. They are further confused by the media and social circles, influencing them on nutritional habits. They listen to everyone else, at the expense of the single most important person they should be listening to, themselves! No one knows your body like you do.

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The single most effective parameter of measuring fat-loss or muscle gain (notice I don’t use the word lean or tone) is the mirror. The second best one being your clothes. Most people tend to judge their weight on weighing scales. It makes complete sense right? WRONG! Don’t be too obsessed with numbers because your bodyweight will fluctuate but the mirror will never lie.

Most people fear what they don’t know. Females are not the first thing that comes to mind when one mentions the word ‘Gym’. This is because most of them have a pre-conceived notion that when they do strength training, they will automatically bulk up to monstrous proportion (which is entirely untrue by the way).  It is as good as saying they don’t want to try sprinting because they don’t want to look like Marion Jones.

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Females have far lesser testosterone than males; therefore it takes a longer time to grow muscles compared to males. However, females think the moment they lift ‘heavy’ dumbbells or barbells, they are going to look like female bodybuilders. Care to venture what changed the thought process of most females? The mainstream media are the sole perpetrators of this phenomenon.

Most females also think spot-reducing still works. Let me tell you it has never worked. Your body is smarter than you think. A few sets of triceps pushdowns coupled with crunches will never eliminate fats from those respective areas. Fat-loss does not work that way. Everyone has abdominals; it is just covered with layers of fats. Abdominals are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.

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“The myth that women should not lift heavy is advanced only by women who fear effort and men who fear women.” Eric Midkiff, Olympic Weightlifter

Everyone should learn to train like athletes. The most prominent example would be the Olympics. The common denominator from the female athletes is that they have very low body fat percentages and enough muscle required for their particular sport. I’m not saying everyone should train twice a day and follow a strict diet. I’m saying we should adopt the mindset required to achieve what many think may seem impossible.

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So what’s stopping you from achieving your goals?

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    • i want to lose weight!
    • August 27th, 2012

    In your opinion, what is the few ways to lose fats, especially to those who are fat but wants to lose fats and be lean?

    • Eat proper food, include fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Make it taste nice, that is the key to compliance. Train hard, or more precisely, learn how to train efficiently. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Lastly, do everything above consistently and I am sure fats will melt away.

        • i want to lose weight!
        • August 27th, 2012

        What about exercise wise? What exercise should i do? running? swimming? weights?

      • Very simple. Anything that makes you happy, keeps you injury free. Learn to do what you are not good at. Seek out coaches, sources such as books and youtube.

    • anonymous
    • August 27th, 2012

    Brilliant article. Some of the notions about women are a little stereotypical but it doesn’t take away the essence of what you’re trying to get at. Training is for everyone and this has inspired me to start. For the first time in my life.

    • Thanks for the kind words, really appreciate it. Share it with the people you care about too!

  1. I like the advice you are giving to your commenters. Nice work, Daniel

  2. Thanks for taking the time to read my work, Daniel. Love your articles too!

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