Taking to Instagram, Rebecca Catherine Smith says she’d often spend “hours” on the tredmill in a bid to shift fat but “never saw results.” She was skipping breakfast, avoiding carbs and had an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise.
But it wasn’t until she swapped her long runs and restrictive dieting for high fat, high protein meals and a weight-based program that she started to see results.
Posting powerful before-and-after photos, Rebecca shared how her new approach to health and fitness had positively impacted her body shape.
“It infuriates me how still so many girls think the second you pick up a dumbbell or protein shake you’ll suddenly become the hulk,” she captioned the snaps.
“[C]hanging my training from cardio to weights changed me completely inside & out and each to their own but I personally don’t think I’ve made my body look at all manly in my past year and a bit of weight training!”
“My confidence has never been higher, I love the way I look even though I know I'm far from perfect, because it's me and it's a body I'm building to be as strong as it can,” she added.
Rebecca also revealed three reasons she believes lifting should no longer be considered “just for the boys.”
“1. Building strength & muscles: Lifting builds on a woman’s natural curves and helps your body be the strongest it can. Ripped abs, sexy strong back, shoulder boulders & a curvy behind all come from lifting.”
“2. Losing that extra body fat: Body fat % saw a MASSIVE fall when I began lifting because as your muscle mass INCREASES your metabolism INCREASES. Before I would spend hours on cardio machines thinking that will get rid of fat but never saw any results and just made me HATE going to the gym, and if you feel like your in that boat now then change it up now!”
“3. Healthy relationship with food & body image: Starting weight training made me realise food is fuel and I need LOTS of it to get the best out of my training. The amount I eat has honestly trebled since I picked up lifting and I absolutely love it ... there’s no restricting and there’s no guilt in indulging in treats once in a while because what better way to fuel a sesh.”
Her post has since received more than 15,000 likes and comments from followers motivated by her words.
“Wow well done! This is so true, way too many girls are scared they’re going to become too muscular by lifting weights,” one wrote.
“Trying different things, getting off the 'man thing, woman thing' box is so much better," another added.
But Rebecca isn’t the first to sing the praises of weight training. Celebs Khloe Kardashian, Martha Hunt and Jessica Alba are all known to be converts, frequently sharing snaps of their workouts on social media.