Four Things Women Should Do Differently
If you’re a female who’s looking to burn off some excess body fat and improve your muscle tone and definition, one thing that you should be considering is what females need to be doing slightly differently than males when it comes to achieving this goal.
While the overall process of building muscle and burning fat are quite similar for both genders, there definitely are a few key elements that will differ that need to be looked at and assessed.
Let’s have a quick peak at what these are so that you can make sure that you’re going about your program properly.
Perform Less Volume
The very first thing that you should be doing as a female is performing slightly less volume overall. As a woman, you won’t have quite as good of recovery strategies as a man will, therefore you should be doing slightly less exercise overall.
If you do too much exercise coupled with a very low calorie diet, large problems will actually occur that will just set you back in progress. Your body will start to hold onto body fat as it thinks it’s in dangerous of starving due to the severe energy shortage.
Focus On Shorter Rest Periods
Next, when it comes to your workout sessions, focus on shorter rest periods. This will not only improve your cardiovascular conditioning, but it’s also going to be more ideal for helping to increase your metabolic rate as well.
This is important for ensuring that you can continue to burn fat over time, even after the workout is completed.
Aim to keep your rest periods down to about 30-60 seconds or so, but still do be sure that you are lifting a heavy enough weight as well.
Be Mindful Of Your Carbs
Third, make sure that you are tracking your carbs closely. While you definitely do need to be eating carbs, women do tend to respond slightly better to lower carb, higher fat diets, so using this approach will serve you well.
Aim to keep carbs around 150 grams or less on training days and to around 100 grams or slightly less on non-training days.
If you find that the days of less than 100 grams of carbs do leave you feeling sort of ‘fuzzy’ brained, then you’ll want to increase it upwards to just above 100 grams of carbs. That should quickly fix your problem.
Add Morning Cardio Training
Finally, the last thing to consider as a female looking to burn fat and add more muscle tone and definition is adding morning cardio to the mix.
Morning cardio is great for removing the stubborn body fat stores on the lower body, so will be a must if you want to get lean in a hurry.
Remember that this cardio doesn’t have to be all that intense – even a brisk walk will help out with your progress.
So keep these points in mind.
As a woman, if you can start doing them, you will see faster results than you have earlier.
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