The ideal body for a man has changed several times throughout history. During the Middle Ages, it was a sign of economic prosperity to have a large stomach.
Nowadays, the ideal man looks more like a lean pack of muscles. Absolutely no body fat. But is it really true that women find super-trained men with six-packs the most attractive?
A new study claims the opposite – that women are drawn more towards rounder men, reports the site Viralthread.
Today, there is a lot of focus on trying to get the unattainable looks we see on magazines and TV. Almost everything is about how we should be super fit or as slim as possible. There are extreme diets, spartan training exercises and lots of other tips on how to become “good looking.”
Seven out of ten prefer a beer gut
But what do women really think about men who have a lean and fit body?
The international fitness chain Planet Fitness asked over 2,000 women and men what type of body shape they were most attracted to.
The result showed that 70 percent of women preferred men with a beer gut. With an overweight of up to ten kilos.
There is a biological explanation
According to Richard Bribiescas, a professor at Yale, there is a biological explanation for why women are more attracted to men who prefer to spend their free evenings on the couch than at the gym.
Chubbier men have lower testosterone levels, which provide a better immune system and, in turn, a longer life.
“This change in body composition not only causes men to shop for more comfortable trousers but also facilitates increased survivorship and, hypothetically, a hormonal milieu that would more effectively promote and support paternal investment,” Bribiescas explained to Viralthread.
Not in excess
But, as with everything else, there is a limit. Too much fat, as you know, gives an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and lower energy.
However, this means that with a good conscience you can indulge in a beer and a pizza over the weekend, instead of slaving away in the gym.
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