12/16/2013 12:36 EST | Updated 02/15/2014 05:59 EST

How To Use Weights Without Bulking Up

Are you spending way too much time on cardio and very little time lifting weights?

Is that because you are worried that you will get bulky?

Look, the truth is, getting bulky is not easy. You have to lift heavy weights for a long period of time and eat a ton of muscle-building food like steak and drink protein shakes.

Are you doing that? Probably not! So don't be worried.

But woman to woman, I understand what you mean as well. You don't want to have huge traps protruding through a beautiful cocktail dress.

So I want to show you that if you exercise the right way, you won't have to worry about gaining muscle and you can lose weight faster without losing your mind on cardio machines.

Here is how.

Weeks 1-3: Start lifting light to medium weights for the first few weeks. Do 3 sets of 12 reps per exercise.

Weeks 4-7: Keep lifting light to medium weights but this time be sure to increase your reps to 15 reps. Keep doing 3 sets. Be sure to add cardio following your workout. At least 15-20 minutes of skipping rope, running on the treadmill or biking.

Week 8-11: By now, you probably have built up good strength to push yourself a bit more. Don't doubt yourself, trust me, you can do this. In these next few weeks, to really melt the fat off your body, start with a longer warm up. Do 15 minutes. This time around, stick to really light weights and increase your reps to 20 and up. Also start adding five minute cardio intervals between your weights to really get rid of fat.

This approach has worked on hundreds of my clients.

By doing a combination of weights and cardio, you will build a nice and lean tone and you will not get bulky.

Trust me, if you stick to it, you will see much bigger results than if you stick to cardio only.

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