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Ask The Model Trainer

You've got questions? Heather's got answers.

By Heather Marr

 

Hi Guys! After I received about a million direct messages over Instagram, we decided that it makes the most sense to have you post your questions on Facebook (www.facebook.com/toneandstyle). If you’re feeling a bit shy or your question is of a more personal nature, feel free to submit them via the contact form on the website. Just let us know you prefer to remain anonymous. Going forward, we will no longer be answering questions sent to my Instagram.

 

The Question:

 

“If I lift heavy, will I get bulky?”

 

The Answer:

 

This was by far the most popular question asked. The answer is no. If you want to change your body and proportions, you need resistance training, cardio and a proper diet. You cannot get big and bulky unless your diet supports it. It takes years of hard work and dedication to gain huge amounts of muscle. This does not happen by accident. Generally, women who complain about being too bulky have a higher body-fat percentage, not too much muscle. 

Resistance training will give you an incredibly lean, fit physique when accompanied by a proper nutrition plan and regular cardio.

 

 

The Question:

 

What are your thoughts on ‘if it fits yours macros’?

 

The Answer:

I like to think of diets as fun math puzzles. They are designed actually with numbers and then foods are plugged in at the end that fit those numbers. They can get more sophisticated as well depending who is designing them. With “if it fits your macros” the quality of the food does not matter- only the numbers matter.  So, for example, say I’m eating meal one—if my carbohydrate number is 30g it doesn’t matter if those 30g come from oats or from candy.

I personally am not a fan of “if it fits your macros” or as it is sometimes referred to as “iifym.” I think we should be treating our bodies with love and respect and fueling it with healthy, nutritious foods the majority of the time. The quality of the food you put into your body affects workout performance, recovery, energy levels, skin, hair, everything. You can’t fill your body with junk food all day, everyday, and expect it to perform well. That being said, I think that iifym has its place. For example, if someone eats healthy the majority of the time and needs a mental break from constraints of their diet, it can be a useful tool. They can use iifym to have a meal with foods they may be missing while still hitting their target macros and progressing towards goal.

 

 

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