This article may be a little “different”.
But, although it’s not really my place to step on toes, I’ve got a really interesting study that will really get you thinking.
Now, before I get started… please understand that even though this may seem a little harsh, I feel like everyone should know about it for their own well being.
Okay, enough of the disclaimer…
The other day, I was noticing all of the commercials on TV that had to do with beauty products, hair care, and other “head” stuff. Now, this wasn’t just the women’s stuff either — there were plenty of men’s products as well.
All of these commercials for elaborate hairstyles and “new age” skin cleaners really got me thinking…
I’ve always thought it weird that the same people that can’t afford a $50/mo health club membership were the same people that were spending $200+/mo on so called “self improvement” products.
So I decided to do a little “mini” study.
I asked 50 men from all walks of life this question:
“What do you find more attractive, a woman with a beautiful face but an okay body, or a woman with an awesome body and an okay looking face?”
I was surprised by the answers I received.
Would you believe that over 80% of the men said that they found the women with the okay face and rocking body far more attractive than the beautiful face and the okay body?
Would you also believe that the more successful the men… the more prominent the distinction?
I was floored.
Not only that, but the men that were in shape responded in much the same way as the more successful men.
In fact, only the men that were out of shape and relatively unsuccessful in life preferred the pretty face and okay body.
Now, before everyone goes completely ape cacca on me – let’s see what that really means.
1. It levels the playing field for those that don’t have the “natural gifts”of facial beauty. (this is great news)
2. It means that many people (both men and women) may be focusing on the wrong things when they are trying to “look better” for the opposite sex. (maybe not so great news)
These limited results make sense when you look at it. People that are in shape generally exude a higher level of self confidence – to the point that I actually read an article one day saying that depending on the job, one particular ad agency said that they would rather hire an out of shape person rather than an in shape person because the out of shape person “falls in line” better.
In other words, they tend to have less of a backbone and just do what they’re told.
Seriously, could I come close to making this up?
Also, self confidence is the one common thread that I noticed. The men perceived (big “underline” here) the in shape woman as having much more self confidence and that was attractive to them.
A few others stated that it was attractive to be around a woman that was interested in keeping herself healthy.
Now, this is by far from an accurate study so don’t necessarily take this as the gospel. But, it is what it is.
Next, I think I’ll ask a bunch of women the same question and see what the response is. I imagine it’ll go something like this:
“Well… how much money do they have”?
I really think it will turn out the same – but, I’ve been wrong before.
What do you think?
And, like I’ve always said, I don’t write this stuff to make anyone mad. I feel like it’s my duty to point out things that will make you think… those things that will allow you to better your life.
On to another topic…
I’ve gotten quite a few emails about the “velocity of calories” phenomenon. Mainly, a few people wanted a little better explanation.
Think of your body as a cross-section of a water hose. The whole idea with “velocity of calories” or “energy flux” is to run as many calories through your body as you can… in as little time as possible.
So, it would be akin to turning the faucet on full blast.
If you are going to burn 200 calories. Burning it in 5 minutes is going to have a much, much, larger influence on your metabolism than burning the same amount of calories in 40 minutes.
I’m hoping that this is making sense.
Have you ever heard of Occam’s Razor?
Basically, it says that the simplest explanation is most often the correct one. All of the great formulas of the modern world are simple, elegant creatures.
Doesn’t it make more sense to say that you’ll get in better shape by busting your hump rather than “cruising” through your workouts?