How can a woman lose weight without working out like a maniac?
The answer to this is always surprising to people who receive it. First, let’s define metabolism. It is the total biochemical reactions to break apart the fats, protein, carbs and to set free the energy they hold. There are three metabolic processes. The largest that takes place is the 60% of calories needed to keep you alive (maintain your lungs breathing, heart pumping, etc). Next is the 25% of your calories used up digesting the food you eat. This is called the thermic effect of food. If you have ever noticed feeling hotter when you eat, you would have felt this metabolic influence. The remainder – 15% - comes from physical activity. Physical activity can be broken into two categories: N.E.A.T. (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) and Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. The latest research has demonstrated that people who lead active lives can burn more calories overall than people who sit at a desk and workout 5 days a week. Increase your N.E.A.T. How? The easiest way to lose weight is to get more active on the job (walk to people’s desks vs. text them; use the stairs vs the elevator; have a walking meeting vs. sitting in chairs). How to get active in your personal life. Stand or walk when you talk on the phone (30 minutes of standing uses 40 more calories than if you sat while you chatted on the phone).
And too muscular? One thing you do not have to worry about is getting muscular overnight. Women have 10-20 times less testosterone than men and therefore can not build muscle to the extent that men can. You can always do a maintenance program when you are in the exact shape you want to be.