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Yoga and cardio aren’t enough. If you want to build sexy curves, lift heavier weights.

Many girls make believe that weightlifting is a big 'No, No'. They assume that weight lifting will turn them into gargantuan man-ladies. 

I work with lot of girls and many of them make statements to me that:
- “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to be bulky.” 
- “I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder.”

I struggle with these statements because this is one of the biggest myths floating around. 

As a girl who is loyal to her barbell, I can honestly say that, weight lifting has the power to change a women’s life, as it has changed mine. 

If your goals go beyond just losing weight and include things like “looking awesome” and “being strong”, then I am going to ask you to start “strength training”.

Here’re the strong reasons why women should lift heavy weights.

1. You Won’t Get Bulky

Lifting weights won’t make you bulky. In fact, weight lifting can change a women's life. Lifting weights won't make women huge because women simply do not possess the enough testosterone needed to mass up under heavy weight. Men have higher testosterone levels than women. Testosterone is the primary muscle-building hormone in the body. Since women have significantly less testosterone, they cannot put on muscle mass as easily as men. Stop worrying and start lifting weights. You won't turn into ‘The Incredible Hulk’. You may however find yourself with a nicer butt, toned abs, strength, confidence and positive outlook.

2. You Will Burn A Lot More Fat

Weight training improves your BMR so you store less fat and stay lean. When you lift weights, your muscles are broken down, and then rebuilt over the next 24-48 hours. While your body is rebuilding those muscles, it is recruiting more calories and energy to make the process happen. It is called the ‘Afterburn’ effect. What this means is that your metabolism operates at a faster level even while you are resting after a workout. As you increase your BMR, you burn more calories even while you are sitting on the couch. Weight training along with cardio will produce a more efficient weight loss effect than doing only cardio.

3. You Will Get Sexy Curves and Strong Body

Strong is the new sexy. As you build muscle, your body begins to take a nice hourglass shape. Weight training helps you get sculpted, strong and toned body. You can reshape your problem areas by doing targeted exercises along with total body exercises. You cannot change the shape of your body with cardio alone. If you rely on cardio alone, you will be exactly like your current shape, but in a smaller version. Cardio will just help you reduce weight, but weight training will help you get sexy, muscular body.

4. You Will Enjoy Lifter's High And Feel Awesome

When you finish a challenging workout, your body will reward you with a dose of euphoric chemicals called endorphins. These affect us like powerful drugs, but without the nasty side effects. It’s called “Lifter’s High” It’s much easier and faster to achieve. The more intense your workout, the higher you will get. 

5. You will Get Beautiful Skin and Hair

Strength training greatly improves your skin, hair and sleep quality. When you are eating all the nutrients plus you are eating protein rich food plus you are lifting weights plus you are taking enough sleep, ultimately it improves your overall health and you get a glow on your face.

Weight training is one of the smartest things you can do for your body. A complete body transformation cannot take place when you are only relying on diet instead of iron. If you want that complete body transformation, to the point where your family hardly recognizes you, then you need to start lifting weights.

Important Note: 

- Ladies, it’s time to step away from the two pound pink dumbbells: if you want to build sexy curves, lift heavier weights.
- Don't forget to share this article with the women you care for.

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Written by Sapna Vyas Patel , PhD in Nutrition Science and Dietetics
Sapna writes simple, easy to understand articles that are based on pure scientific evidence. She is one of the most popular fitness professionals in India and is followed on social media by fitness enthusiasts, nutritionists, dieticians, doctors, trainers, and professionals.

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