You put on a pair of jeans and look at the tag and sigh. You want to wear a smaller size.... but how do you go about doing that? You need to gain weight! What?

Muscle weight is what I am talking about. If two women both weigh 150 pounds and only one lifts weights, the lifter will more likely fit into a smaller pant size.

Likewise, a 150-pound woman who lifts weights could very well wear the same size as a 140-pound woman who doesn't exercise.

The reason: Although a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle, muscle takes up less space, You can get bigger muscles and get smaller overall if you lose the fat.

The bulk so many women fear only occurs if you don't lose fat and develop muscle on top of it. Cut back on calories and add weights to your workout to lose those inches.