No matter how technologically advanced we are as a species, much of human behavior is determined by primitive, animal-like survival and reproductive needs, mostly unconscious.
This seems to be especially important when choosing a partner – who you are You are attracted to and with whom you want to make babies. Luckily, that speaks for you if you're a male weightlifter.
Survive, Mate, Protect
According to many women, they want a soft, sensitive man whose main goal in life is to bring up and cuddle children. In other words, these women say they want to marry a man of female qualities. But according to their biology, they are lying. Or at least not fully aware of what their partner selection software is.
Science tells us that humans have developed mechanisms to ensure that we pass on the best genetics to our offspring. For example, female mammals instinctively look for strong protectors with outward signs of good health.
Think of it as a biological plan for human choice: women seek a man of healthy genetics, coupled with the ability to protect and feed the kiddos who will inherit some of these robust genes.
Not exactly feminist-friendly ideology, but science supports them. In fact, a recent study examined male upper body size and what signals this weakness to women.
The researchers knew from previous studies that the man's body "meets energy demands," which gives men greater values of disease resistance to develop larger, fatter bodies.
Women find these stronger, physically fit men more attractive. Why exactly Because a frail male body could be an indication of disease or faulty genes … and this can lead to sickly babies and the inability to protect and provide. Scientifically, weakness simply does not moisturize the underwear of most women.
The researchers knew that women would be forced to attract men with outward signs of "impressive ability" or combat ability. But how much does physical strength correlate with attractiveness? And what if we removed the attractiveness of the face from the equation?
To delve deeper into this question, the researchers collected a series of photographs of college-shirtless boys with hidden faces. All men in the photos had gone through all the strength tests. College girls were then asked to rate the physical strength of the men and their physical attractiveness. Basically hot or not?
Stronger men were classified as more attractive. "Strength increases attractiveness linearly," the researchers concluded. In fact, not a single woman in the study opted for the less muscular bodies.
Due to the photos of the men, the women could also predict the strength accurately. If the guys in the photos looked strong, they were strong, at least compared to the skinny men.
It was not surprising that thick bodies were classified as unattractive. Researchers wrote: "The women's partnering mechanisms for women have a positive effect on muscle mass, but on large amounts of body fat."
Size played a role and, of course, tall men were generally considered more attractive, but rating strength was more predictable for attractiveness. The researchers also hypothesized that tall men are generally perceived as stronger and healthier (even if they are not).
A tall, strong guy is even more attractive (about 1
"The assessed strength of a male body accounts for a full 70% of the attractiveness variance," the study said. In essence, this means that 70% of what initially makes a man desirable is due to his perceived strength and incredible performance.
What does this mean to you?
You may think, "To find out, you needed a study, and you were right, but science likes to confirm things and set numbers, and these 70% number is quite powerful.
People are urged to 'tie in' or find a mate, it's important, and while the female has more to lose from the species and is therefore more cautious, males can Influencing Chances If you want to increase your general "attractiveness" and have more partner options, lift weights, stay as healthy as possible and do not get fat.
Consider this as a peek at the other team's game book. Her genetic playbook challenges her to find a masculine, protective man who looks strong and healthy, which will at least be her first choice.
And if you, um, of yours be challenged face? Well, your unique cup does not matter if your body looks strong. And you can control this part. Get strong and lean enough to show those strong muscles.
But there is more attraction, right?
Yes, of course, women want to have other qualities in their comrades, such as intelligence, humor, loyalty and not a douche nozzle.
But we are talking about attractiveness at first sight. And you have to put them on before you can impress them with your joke and impress with your values. Lifting helps a lot.
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- Sell A, Lukazsweski AW, Townsley M. 2017 Indications of the strength of the upper body make the biggest difference in the physical attractiveness of the Men out. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20171819.