First and foremost, increasing your protein intake will NOT help you gain curves if you are not also lifting weights. Note: This article is not necessarily for you if you are naturally thin. This is because…
If You Are Naturally Thin
To gain weight and create curves you have to consume more calories than you are burning. It is important to do this in a healthy way — don’t choose junk or fast food. Keep a well balanced diet and make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Weight lifting and other muscle building exercises can help you increase your body mass. Protein is not necessarily your secret weapon yet…
The #TeamFitThick Goal
The #TeamFitThick goal is to lose weight and without also losing your curves! This is where the protein and lifting comes in! “Eat Clean & Train Mean” needs to become your motto.
- Strength training: Strength training will not bulk you up and make you look like “Amazon Woman”. The proper utilization of strength-training workouts (three times a week or so), can help you get that body you’ve been pining for. Focus on lunges, squats, and strength exercises for the arms, back, and shoulders to create shapely/toned curves.
- Eat protein: Protein helps you maintain muscle mass during your weight loss plan. Without enough protein in your diet while strength training, you lose muscle mass and your curves. It is best to focus on eating lean protein such as chicken breast, egg whites, beans, peanut butter, etc.
- Keep fat in your diet: Losing weight does not mean you have to cut every single fat from your diet. What is important is to incorporate fats that are beneficial to you such as essential fatty acids. These can be found in nuts, fish (Omega-3’s), seeds, and leafy vegetables.
A Special Note…
Avoid oblique exercises: Some of these exercises for your side ab muscles can actually result in the broadening of your stomach. Avoid these and instead focus on core exercises like as planks and lateral twists to maintain a feminine/curvy shape.