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How To Look Like A Fitness Model Using These 4 Simple Tips
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How to Look Like A Fitness Model Using These 4 Simple Tips

Do you ever walk past the magazine stands in the store and envy the physiques of fitness models? An increasing number of women today have a desire to build this body type; strong and toned while still being feminine. Gone are the days where strong women are considered too strong and unattractive. The fitness model look is here to stay. Find out how to look like a fitness model using these 4 simple tips below.

Get Rid Of Those Pink Weights

If you want to build a sexier, curvier body then you must drop those pink weights and use those black weights that guys use. Pink weights are not challenging enough if you manage to do more than 20 repetitions of an exercise. You'll be surprised as to how strong you are with heavier weights.

Don't worry, you're not going to bulk up like a bodybuilder, technically speaking you only have 1/20th the levels of Testosterone that males have so it's highly unlikely you'll build a significant amount of muscle mass. At most you can only gain around one to two pounds of lean muscle mass per month. What's more is curvier women are garnering a great deal of male attraction much more than their thinner counterparts.

Avoid Slow And Steady State Cardio

Women have this natural tendency to gravitate towards the cardio section of the gym whether it feels more comfortable for them or to check out the hot guys working out. Whatever the reason, they stay at the cardio section for hours on end. This has to change if you want to get results. If you're trying to burn fat to get that toned look then I highly suggest that you stop your current routine of slow and steady-state cardio and replace it with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).

HIIT is different in that it works by alternating sets of sprinting with walking. What this does to your body is that it speeds up your metabolism allowing you to burn fat for an entire 24 hour period after you exercise, contrast that with steady state cardio which only allows you to burn fat during your cardio session. HIIT cardio is the best type of cardio if you're pressed for time as it can be done in under 30 minutes.

Don't Avoid Carbohydrates

While the majority of women trying to lose weight are avoiding carbohydrates like the plague one has to remember that carbohydrates are the best source of fuel for long-lasting energy in the gym. Too few carbohydrates are detrimental to your performance in the gym since your muscles need a great deal of energy.

However not all carbohydrates are created equally, some carbohydrates give you a spike in energy followed immediately by a rapid decline in energy. These carbohydrates have a high GI (Glycaemic Index) and are found in foods such as white rice, white bread, biscuits, white flour, white pasta and other refined foods. Try to avoid them if possible. Carbohydrates you should consume should be low in GI and are found in foods such as brown rice, whole grain bread, oatmeal, whole grain pasta and quinoa. Consume these foods in moderation as too many can cause you to gain excess calories which turns to fat gain.

Get Rid Of Your Fat Phobia

One critical aspect that women need to understand is that in order to get rid of fat you have to consume some fat. Certain fats are healthy for you since they not only decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease they can also increase your fertility, especially important for those who are having trouble conceiving. We already consume more than the recommended dietary intake of saturated fats so try to limit your intake of saturated fats while increasing your intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can be found in foods such as nuts, legumes, lentils, beans and a few other vegetables.

For those who are still buying packaged foods labeled "97% Fat Free" or "Fat Free", get rid of them. When food manufacturers remove the fat out of their products it becomes tasteless and unpalatable, they make up for the taste by injecting loads of sugar into their products. Extra sugar will send your insulin levels through the roof as insulin's role is to store fat for survival. Interestingly, fat has the least impact on insulin levels out of all three macro nutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates). So the take home message is to not be afraid of some fats.

The next time you walk past the magazine stands featuring fitness models and start dreaming about what it would be like to own that body - turn that dream into a reality today by putting these 4 simple tips on how to look like a fitness model into practice.


Street Talk

Great article John! I agree with you that women should get off that cardio section in the gym...all that cardio that lasts so long has weary low effect on losing weight. Short intense workouts burn much more calories..and most important it activates the afterburn effect that last 24 hours after the workout!

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  about 4 years ago

Great article John! Thank you for sharing.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Stacy.

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  about 6 years ago

when passing these stands I admire the bodies I see and am not very concerned about emulating what I see, but that is merely my own opinion. Your article for those that matter very good and information full. Keep it up.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks Rob. I see more women going to gyms to get toned these days. However the emphasis should be more on health and fitness rather than vanity.

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  about 6 years ago
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