Originally Posted by almeeker
While I agree that most women don't get bulky without a serious and intentional long term effort, I would argue that some women are genetically more prone to looking bulky than others. If weightlossBoo is worried about looking bulky, she may have good reason. I come from a long line of short, stocky, muscular people, and it really doesn't take to much weight lifting before I start looking like a field stone privy.
I've noticed you've mentioned this before too. I know this may be the case in some instances, but even then, the end result isn't as "freakish" as some people think. Some examples:
Here's a woman that pushes heavy weight, but may not be genetically as prone to bigger muscles: Olympic lifter Julia Rohde
. Here's a woman that pushes heavy weight, and IS genetically prone to bigger muscles: Figure competitor Pauline Nordin
(the quote is pretty cool too).
Here's what a lot of women think will happen when they lift anything heavier than a textbook: Female bodybuilder Iris Kyle
That's the myth I'm up here trying to always bust.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).