Bodybuilding for girls: 6 myths that prevent you from starting or progressing

Muscular young woman athlete posing at studio on blue background

“I want to start bodybuilding, but I’m afraid it’s distorting me”

“I would have liked to change a little with the cardio, but I’m afraid of getting fat”

Here are the kinds of myths that must be exposed to the big day to finally annihilate them!

Bodybuilding is done for both women and men.

If you want to finally get into the world of fitness and bodybuilding, but you have reservations about this choice, the following should interest you …

When it comes to bodybuilding, women are exposed to a lot of information:

Unfortunately, these are not always objective or true.

Which influences us negatively in our thinking.

That is why it is essential to separate facts from fiction.

That said, you will always have a multitude of versions depending on the sources consulted.

I will not spend your life on Google doing research (you’ll thank me later): 
I’ve put together for you the most common myths about bodybuilding in women.

That the light is: p:

Myth # 1: 
“Heavyweights you will raise, like a man you will become”

This is the myth that is most widespread and most widely accepted by women.

So what is it really? 
Will heavy lifting make us massive?

Well, you can imagine that no, but let’s explain why:

Let’s go back to basics  :

The hormone responsible for building muscle is testosterone.

And it turns out that women produce a fraction of what men produce. 
It is therefore impossible to have as many muscles like men.

You will probably tell me that you saw women with a lot of muscle and that it was not at all fake because it appeared in a magazine …

I will tell you that it is absolutely true, however, what we do not tell you: 
It is because these women test themselves with testosterone, which is considered doping.

Know that a human body can naturally produce 0.5-1 kilo of dry muscle a month and that women produce a little less than half a month. 
(assuming you have a diet and training that borders on the perfect)

Considering that you will lose fat and gain muscle, ultimately your weight will not move much.

On the other hand, your silhouette will be more harmonious and you will have very nice curves firm.

Myth # 2: 
“Eating a lot of protein is bad for your health”

This is a vicious myth because it could be true in one particular case: kidney failure.

Let me explain :

Suppose you eat a lot of red meat.

This meat contains creatine, a protein made by the liver that is stored in the muscles where it is used for energy production.

Once degraded, its product is creatinine, a metabolite that is dangerous if it stays in the blood. 
Normally, if your kidneys work well, creatinine is eliminated in your urine.

In kidney failure, the kidneys can not filter the blood, which causes creatinine levels, uric acid, etc … increase, which can cause very serious consequences on the rest of the organs.

A diet too rich in protein increases the work of the kidneys and promotes worsening of renal failure.

Now, if you have no family history and your kidneys are doing well, you are not risking much by consuming protein.

On the contrary. 
By doing weight training, you will have to consume more.

I remind you that once digested, proteins break down into amino acids, essential tools to repair your muscles and make them grow.

So be sure to consume proteins from various sources to have the most varieties of amino acids.

You can eat from 1.6g to 2g of protein per pound of your weight.

Myth # 3: 
“You have to make legs every day to get results”

False and even false arch!

The legs are composed of several muscles.

As it happens :

Quadriceps, ischios, abductors, adductors, buttocks, calves.

And after every physical effort, a muscle needs REST.

It is during this time that it can rebuild itself and eventually grow if conditions are met.

On average, a minimum rest period of 48-72h is required.

Failure to meet these deadlines will expose you to the risk of injury and catabolism.

You will probably tell me that you have already tried cardio every day and that it worked.

Indeed, an aerobic exercise involving the lower body can be done more frequently.

Bodybuilding and cardio do not stimulate the same muscle fibers, especially since the contraction of the muscle is not the same.

What is true for one is not necessarily true for the other.

But believe me, if you want to have nice curves, there is no better than bodybuilding.

Myth # 4: 
“Eating more than three meals a day will make you fat”

“Drinking paracetamol kills”
I know, you’re going to tell me it’s phony, but it’s out of context.

Let me explain :

If you consume two boxes of paracetamol, then yes you may die of liver failure. 
Well, that’s the same principle:  if you consume more than what you burn, you will get fatter.

The fact that you consume your calories in 3 meals or 6 meals will not change anything.

What matters is the total number of calories ingested and the number of calories burned.

In theory, if you eat the same number of calories at each of your six meals as you do for each of your three, you will gain weight.

In this way, the body also gets a steady supply of amino acids to help build muscle.

In practice, you will never be able to eat as many calories in 6 meals because you will hardly be hungry at the time of each meal.

Finally, it is a pretty good strategy to restrict the number of calories. 
It’s up to you to see what suits you and what works best for you.

Myth # 5: 
“The gained muscle turns into fat when you stop”

It’s very interesting as a theory I think, we’ll have to explain it to doctors and biologists. 
Just to agree, it is of course sarcasm: p

In reality, people are abused by what they see: that is to say, a slutty guy who stopped the sport, become fat. 
Do not blame them because they only describe what they observe.

Unfortunately, they are next to the plate. 
The reality is different from theirs.

Let’s go back to the basics :

How can a muscle grow?

When the right conditions are met, that is to say, training + nutrients.

A muscle grows in response to an effort via the process of hypertrophy.

The opposite can also happen:

If you stop to put it to the effort, the muscle will atrophy and suddenly lose volume.

In no case, the muscle fibers turn into fat cells (that is to say in fats).

That said, if you stop the sport and you resume the bad eating habits, it is normal that your muscles shrink and that you take fat.

Your body reflects what you eat and what you do as an activity.

Myth # 6: 
“Women do not need dietary supplements”

This is true, whether for women or men, at the time that our diet is very balanced and provides us with all the nutrients we need.

This is not necessarily the case, especially if you have a professional and social life next door.

This is where dietary supplements come in.

And as their name suggests, they are supplements and NOT substitutes.

Complements are generally considered when one begins to stagnate.

As your body grows, your needs will increase.

Unfortunately, sometimes you can not eat because your stomach or your wallet tells you to stop, and that’s where dietary supplements are interesting.

Before you clutter, take the time to think about your needs.

Bodybuilding for girls – the last word:

Now that you have the secrets, bodybuilding is not mystical for you anymore.

So do not hesitate to get started.

And if you’re still skeptical, take a look at our article on the benefits of bodybuilding for women.

Trust me 😉


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