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    Smile Want to build muscle but don’t want to lose figure?

    I’m 5’1 and weigh 135lb. I have a very hourglass figure - my waist is completely flat, if I fast I can see my abs, and most of my fat goes to my legs/butt/breasts. My lower body looks a LOT like MissCarrieJune on Instagram except she visibly has muscle and I don’t. I really want my legs to be stronger and firmer like hers as opposed to jiggly, so I started doing squats with dumbbells and stuff like that. When gyms open up again I’ll try to do deadlifts and more lifting.

    1. Can anyone explain how much protein/the way I should eat to both grow muscle and gain weight so that my legs grow to be thicker and stronger? Someone told me however many grams of protein that I weigh.

    2. Will I lose my curves? I really don’t want to lose any of the fat on my butt. Does muscle growth correlate to a loss of fat even if you’re eating to gain weight?
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    Answering #2) Whenever a woman becomes that much fitter, both aerobically and anaerobically, then yes, she starts to "lose" some of her curves. This depends on the amount of conditioning she undertakes (and for how many years she remains dedicated, as one example), genetics, lifestyle, nutritional habits, FORM of training (serious/hard bodybuilding vs. recreational weight training and "easy" cardio), etc..

    How much "voluptuousness" does a woman lose...? Simply put, it depends on how hard she works and what her physical genetic capacities are (her natural shape, dominate muscle fiber type and possibly her metabolism). Female athletes are a great example of this. Many of them started out lean and athletic (LBM), and became even more conditioned through practicing their sport. And when they stay in "top" condition most of the time, throughout the years, they usually aren't sporting the most classic hourglass figures...Athletic women have narrower hips (it helps with agility)! There are a few rare exceptions.

    You can't dictate exactly where any additional inches will come off (adipose fat tissue). Again, this will be your genetic predisposition, which can actually change if you stay in this game long enough (natural hormone levels play a role here). You will lose some fat all over when you follow a specific diet (counting calories) and/or your fitness level increases.

    Just so you know, I started off with a lean but nicely proportioned hourglass shape. I took up natural bodybuilding and ended up, not only improving my body composition, but adding some muscularity and sculpting to my shape- which does make it look different (leaner and stronger!). But you have to remain consistent and build on your strengths- which would be physical strength, in order to develop dense/hard muscle.

    I'm sure some other female lifters, with varying appearances or experiences, could probably weigh in here with their opinions or info on protein intake to build muscle (0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, general consensus). The nutritional stickies give some pertinent guidelines/advice on this topic (located in the nutritional sub-forum at the top).
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    No you can still keep your fat even when you add muscle. As long as you eat enough you can keep your body fat % high enough to your preference. Your butt/legs will just have a firmer nicer shape because of the muscle under the fat.

    As to protein I haven’t looked into that in a while but I think recommendations vary from minimum 0.6 to 1 grams per lb of body weight. So for 135 lbs you can aim for say 80-135 grams daily. But it doesn’t have to be exact and it’s fine if it varies day to day. Main goal should be just to get a decent amount of protein on average and to lift weights consistently.
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    If you're eating in a surplus to gain weight and or build muscle, there will be more fat gains that come with it. It's important to understand that if your body fat is higher, building muscle becomes even more difficult because of insulin resistance.

    Most women need a few building/cutting cycles to achieve their desired look.
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