Thursday, 30 March 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Eleven: Dieting to Look Good

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 205 lbs
Calories: 3200 (plus 2 glasses of wine)

Doing really well so far and easily looking to coast into the second week having dropped 2-3 lbs. When you’re dieting, that’s the kind of numbers you should aim for. It implies that it’s mainly coming from fat: exactly what we want.

Keeping as much muscle as important is so important, for men and women, because that’s what gives you the look you’re after. I stress “for men and women” because it’s vital for both sexes to think along these lines. It’s the muscles which give men the masculine, inverted triangle body; and it’s the squats and leg-days which give women the feminine hourglass shape.

In one anecdotal study which I like to tell people about, a group of men were given a picture of the silhouettes of ten female figures. These ranged from the stick-thin catwalk model type to an obese woman. They were there asked to choose which one they found the most attractive. Similarly a group of women were given the same picture, and told to decide which one they thought the men would find the most attractive.

Interestingly, the women chose a figure which was much skinnier than what the men chose. The men chose a much curvier woman. While different people, of course, have different “types”, it’s interesting to see that on average men were attracted to a woman who were more muscular.

When they flipped the study, the men chose a figure which was much more muscular than the one the women chose. So if you’re a guy thinking that bigger muscles = more women, then think again!

In the end, it all comes back to biology. What we find attractive is what propagates our genes. We’re attracted to people who will make it easier for our children to grow up and pass on our DNA.

Until tomorrow,


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