We women are so used to hearing that it is better to be skinny that we don’t think about what this really means. It’s taken for granted.
Women often claim that that they don´t want to build muscle, just get toned.
I see this at the gym. Women (no, I’ve never seen a man do this) who add very little weight to the machines or none at all. Their arms flop up and down a couple of times and then they’re done.
If you want to be strong, you’ll need to build muscle, you’ll have to lift heavy and you have to refuel.
You’ll gain weight.
Noticed that I didn’t add a comment after that statement? No words like this, “You’ll gain but you’ll be stronger.” Or “even if you get larger it’s worth it.“
Did you read the article in the New York Times about Serena Williams and her strong muscular arms, and about the athletes that wouldn’t gain muscle even if it would improve their performance?
Do women really rather be skinny than succeed?
It is a tragic notion.
If you have more muscle, you’re less injury prone, you will be able to run faster and safer, you’ll be able to carry heavy objects. Sounds like an all win to me.
Why is it so important to be skinny? What would happen if you’re not? Are you healthy? Can you use your body to move, walk up stairs, and lift what you need?
If your body works optimally, why does it need to be skinnier?
Ask yourself what you would do if you lived on a planet where being skinny was not a thing and your body is strong and healthy, would you still try to be skinny? If the answer is no, why do you spend so much time thinking that you should be skinnier?
Because someone else said so?