When it seems like everyone else is trying to lose weight, if you’re a skinny woman trying to gain weight, it can feel isolating. On top of that, some skinny women are eating a ton, and they still can’t weight. If you’re a woman who is thin, skinny, slender, bony—whatever you want to call it—inside this article, we’ll cover what’s going on.
If you’re a naturally skinny woman with naturally narrower hips, you might be wondering: is it even possible to get bigger, wider hips? Why do some females have narrower hips? Are there any exercises to widen the hips? What’s all this talk about the waist-to-hip ratio, and how can I improve my ratio naturally?
These are questions we get a lot. So inside this article, we’ll be talking about why so many women want to have wide hips with a small waist, what we can’t change, what we can change, and some action steps you can take today to quickly start adding inches to your hip measurement to immediately start improving your waist-to-hip ratio.
So you’re a woman and start lifting weights. How much muscle can you expect to gain? How long does it take to build a noticeable amount of muscle? And how big and strong can you become during your first year? What are good lifetime goals? Or maybe you’ve been lifting for a while and you’re wondering how strong you should be by this point.
Most women are trying to get “toned,” and lose some fat. You know the deal. They don’t want to get too bulky. That might suit their goals just fine, but it’s going to make it almost impossible for them to gain much muscle and strength.
…But what if you want to build muscle as a female? What if you want to become strong? That changes things. We can do better. Much better. In fact, I have a feeling you’re going to be pretty amazed about what you can do even in just your first year of lifting.
So, to figure out how much muscle and strength you can expect to gain, let’s break the question down into two parts:
1. How much muscle can woman expect to gain? And how fast?
2. How much strength can she expect to gain?
3. How does these things change if you’re a naturally thin woman?
Let’s dig into the science.
If you eat a proper plant-based diet, you can build muscle at full speed. You won’t be at any disadvantage at all. Plant-based diets, like vegan and vegetarian diets, tend to be high in nutritious starchy carbs, and starchy carbs are amazing for muscle growth. The thing is, you also need to make sure that you’re eating enough protein. And getting enough protein can be hard. So let’s go over the best plant-based protein sources and strategies.
If you’ve ever been curious about the benefits of lifting weights for women, and if it’ll help you reach you build muscle, burn fat, and become more attractive, then this is the article for you. We cover 3 main areas: attractiveness, health, and lifestyle.
There are exceptions, of course, women who are pregnant need to be careful with lifting. Always talk to your doctor first before beginning any workout or nutrition program.
There’s this movement going on where people are trying to make it more socially acceptable to have a higher body fat percentage, proportionally thicker bones, shorter limbs and a larger waist. The photo above is a good example, where bulimia.com has taken 10 female video-game characters and transformed their physiques into what they feel better represents the average woman. These “realistic” makeovers have been shared to millions of people via BuzzFeed and HuffPo, among others.
Some people argue that these aren’t supposed to be average women. They’re supposed to be legendary action heroes. Due to their world-class genetics and lifestyle focused on training, you could argue that their having a lower body fat percentage is more realistic.
That makes sense, but that’s not my issue with these makeovers. I don’t think the person doing the makeover was concerned about what made sense for the fictional character but rather what would have the best impact on the self-esteem of her fans. That intention seems good, and if this can help people with bulimia feel better about their bodies, then this is great.
My issue is that this backlash against the thin ideal is making it seem like it’s wrong to be thin.