Many women will not lift weights because of the myths that surround the topic. You know the most common one: “Lifting weights will make me look like a man” which couldn’t be further from the truth. Another common one is that lifting weights will reduce breast size. Let’s take a look at why this is a myth:
Breasts are made up of mainly fatty tissue
This means that building muscle isn’t going to cause your breasts to decrease in size. When you lose fat, you lose fat all over your body, not just in one area. Therefore, if any breast reduction occurs from weight loss, it will lead to the true size of your breasts being at your healthy weight.
Fat doesn’t turn into muscle and vice-versa
Many people believe that muscle and fat are the same thing. It is a common myth that not working out causes your muscles to turn into fat and building muscle is turning fat into muscle. They are two separate types of tissues in the body. Therefore, lifting weights is not going to turn fatty breast tissue into muscle.
What causes decreased breast size then?
A decrease in body fat is what causes a reduced breast size. If your body fat is extremely low then more than likely your breast size will decrease. Unless you are a serious competitive bodybuilder, your body fat shouldn’t drop extremely low.
Women should not be turned off from lifting weights. If your goal is to lose weight, then lifting weights can be a huge help towards reaching that goal.