What exercise and diet will turn pretty-good-for-33 into ridiculous-in-a-good-way?
I treat attractiveness like a science. I understand that confidence, friendliness, and general engagement figure a lot into attractiveness. However, I also like to optimize the physical side of things as much as possible, but efficiently.
I'm interested in improving my physique. I'm pretty fit, do yoga and some cardio type stuff (tennis, cycling), and a daily ab workout and pushups just for strength. I want to take my physique to the next level (in terms of attractiveness), although I'm not sure exactly what that is. I am a little looser in my butt and thighs than I'd prefer, and I wouldn't mind a bit of a six pack. Yeah, this may be partially inspired by my small fixation with the Bachelor franchise.
I went to a Crossfit class. Yikes. It was hard, and that's just fine, maybe even good, but the musculature of the Crossfit women
terrified me. I have no interest in looking like I can deadlift 300#. Those shoulders, yikes. Not my thing. But then there's Staci
, and she looks great.
What kind of exercise will help me go from doing-pretty-good-for-33 to fantastic, given traditional notions of attractiveness? I don't want to bulk up like the Crossfit chicks, although I'm theoretically open to lifting. I asked the Crossfit lady if I could "control" the bulking process (essentially prevent it) and she said, essentially, "No." She said that if I didn't want to end up bulky than I shouldn't do Crossfit. I don't understand this, but sure enough every women in the gym was muscular in a way I wouldn't want to be -- even if they had a belly or were otherwise overweight! (As a side note, HTF does that happen??)
My diet is pretty low on refined carbs. I eat as much fat as I feel like eating, which turns out to be about 30% of my caloric intake (I have tracked but don't currently). I rarely eat really crap food (french fries, fast food, cake). Not too much processed stuff in my diet, almost all from the outer edge of the supermarket. I do get a burger a couple of times a week at a restaurant, but come on. I drink 1-2 drinks 3 or 4 days a week, trying to take it easy on beer. I've cut Diet Coke for the most part per blood sugar (I have vague aspirations of keeping it generally level). So I'm open to suggestions on my diet as well.
Let's leave health to the side, for the most part, because no matter what I'm going to be doing enough in that respect for my preferences. What exercise and diet combo will maximize by hotness via physique? I'm quite sure I could be doing even better than I am (even if not by all that much). But if swimming or lifting are going to make me 4% hotter, that's fine, I'll do those instead of whatever else I'd be doing.
Here's what I'm working with
. I'm 5'2", 125#, and probably about 30% body fat (just a guess). I have more loot in the boot than the picture shows. I tend to think I could be a pretty good looking 115#, but wouldn't want to lose any muscle in the process. I'm willing to restrict calories if necessary to lose weight; that's not a problem.
Would prefer not to get into a philosophical discussion on whether my interest in improving my physique for vanity purposes is legitimate or healthy. Not because I care what grumpy people think, but more so because I might not get the actual information that I'm looking for if a war breaks out among Dorito-eaters.
Thanks for your advice, my fellow vain Mefites.