I have been thinking about this subject a lot as of late and when I came across an article called “Paleo Women are Phat“ I decided to chime in and add a man’s perspective on the subject.
Despite the fact that society has conditioned us to equate skinny with sexy the fact is men do not necessarily find extremely lean women as attractive as women might actually believe. Historically men have found that the most attractive women were those that are nearest to their natural weight. Ideally a woman should have between 20-28% bodyfat!
Yes I said that – I said it publicly. In terms of physical qualities an attractive woman – attractive to a real man – is strong, athletic and healthy. Society, or perhaps more accurately mass media, has told us that a woman with rippling abdominal muscles is the ideal but the truth is we men really do not see it that way. The fact is that much lower levels of bodyfat on a woman can and do adversely affect key hormonal functions. Yes, sex drive and sexual performance can be affected – no man finds that attractive.
Women are not men, and we really do not want a man-like creature as our partner. We like women that are firm yet soft – not hard. We were created differently for different purposes – a man can live healthy with less than 10% bodyfat without any adverse results to hormone levels. Don’t beat yourselves up ladies, we really do not expect you to look like Skeletor with a 14 pack tummy.
Be healthy and happy. Be an athlete and continually surprise your with your ability to master new physical feats. Be strong.
Find your healthy weight and be proud of that. Eat clean, workout hard and forget what popular culture says.