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Guys have a strong psychological preference for female beauty because an attractive body is a sign of fertility (this is just the scientific explanation for why we find hot women so damn attractive).

When it comes to what women find attractive we have been lead to believe that they focus less on physical attraction and more on things like earning potential, trustworthiness and commitment. This isn’t entirely accurate as you will see.

This idea that women don’t find physical attractiveness important only applies to women seeking long term partners to settle down with a raise a family. Instead other factors as I mentioned above that promote stability are higher up on her list. But how important are they? And how much can a woman really deny her instincts?

Women notice men with fit muscular bodies whether they admit it or not. Women like a muscular physically fit man because subconsciously she understands that it takes effort and energy to maintain such a look. Subconsciously her mind is telling her that by choosing him as a mate her offspring will benefit from his vigor. This is just core primal instinct at work.

I’m sure if you went out today and asked a dozen women why they are attracted to a guy with a fit body they probably wouldn’t have any answer beyond: “I don’t know, he just looks good!” Well I’m just showing you the scientific reason why she thinks so.

The Trade off…

It is also a generally held belief that women are stuck in a ‘trade off’ position when it comes to choosing a man to have a sex with whenever the urge comes up, compared to choosing a man to settle down and have a long term relationship with, with the goal of raising children.

For a fun and sex only based relationship, women will be more likely to choose a man based on physical appearance, whereas in a long term partner she will be looking for other traits like commitment and ability to provide for children. The trade off comes in at this point because the look of a man that she is interested in for a short term sexual relationship is also the look of a guy who typically is not interested in a long term commitment and doesn’t need to work to get sex. I’m sure you know people that fit into these descriptions perfectly.

The ideal situation for a woman looking for a long term relationship would be to land a man with the looks and body of the typical “fun and sex guy” who also has the psychological “long term relationship type guy” characteristics as well. But there aren’t too many guys who fit this mold. I don’t know about you , but I don’t know too many guys who purposely choose to settle down with one woman if they can have more.

This is the catch 22 for women, because men who have the looks and body to attract women for short term sexual relationships can have as many of these relationships as they want. Unless raising a family is a high priority for a man like this, there really isn’t any incentive for him to pursue a long term sexual exclusive relationship with any one particular woman because he knows he can always have another. This is simply a law of supply and demand. How’s that for a completely unromantic way of describing sexual relationships?!

The instinct to be with a muscular man is partly due to the woman’s subconscious desire to have her offspring inherit his muscular traits as well. Even the ability to build muscle from exercise is an inherited trait.

I’m not trying to say that women want to sleep with muscular guys so they can give birth to the incredible hulk. What I am showing you is the reason why being in shape and having a muscular body does matter and how it is rooted deep in a woman’s subconscious.

This might sound like a bunch of science mumbo jumbo, but you can see examples of these animalistic instincts in our daily lives.

I’m just showing you what drives our actions. We still have very basic instincts driving our sexual desire and a strong healthy body is definitely desirable to women weather they admit it or not.

This means one of your first orders of business should be hitting the gym with the right program like the Adonis Index Workout to start building your body to its fullest potential and attract any woman you want. It’s really up to you, do you want to be an object of desire to all women, or the safe alternative she wants to settle down with!?

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If you are trying to lose weight but have been unsuccessful so far, check to see if you are making any of these common mistakes.

1. Eating Too Often – it is a commonly held belief that eating multiple small meals each day is a good way to lose weight. But this only works if the meals are SMALL! If each of these so called ‘small meals’ start to creep up in calories and start to get larger you are never going to lose any weight. I suggest eating less meals per day. This way you have more chance of having a satisfying meal and less opportunities to over do it.

2. Not Doing Resistance Exercise – many people still think ‘cardio’ type workouts will burn more fat. This is incorrect as research has shown that higher intensity intervals will burn more fat. Also, higher intensity workouts and resistance training workouts build and maintain muscles, which keeps your metabolism rolling along. Traditional ‘Cardio’ type workouts can’t build muscle and will not burn as many calories as higher intensity intervals. A circuit workout of whole body exercises will get your heart rate up, and works all the muscles of your body is the most efficient way to burn fat and build and tone muscles.

3. Snacking – Typical ‘snack’ foods can have way more calories than you think. Before you know it you can be consuming more calories in a ‘snack’ than in one of your meals.

4. Not Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits and Veggies take up lots of space in your stomach and make you feel full without putting in too many calories. Eating lots of fruits and veggies can ensure that you will feel full without putting in too many calories.

5. Trying To Do It Alone – Research is indicating that the people you socialize with will have an enormous impact on you reaching your fitness and nutrition goals. Social support is probably the single most important factor to staying on a good workout and nutrition plan. Try to recruit a good workout partner or two to stay on track with your workouts. Also be aware of the friends and family who seem to always sabotage your nutrition habits. Ask them to politely support you and not pressure you to break your plan.

These are the most common problems that get in the way of weight loss success. When a potential client asks me how to lose weight, the first thing I do is check to see how many of these mistakes they are making. I’d say nine times out of ten they are making all of them, and they don’t even realize it! Taking action on each one will put you on the right path to lasting weight loss.

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Have you ever wondered how we all can spot a person that just looks better? We can even recognize other shapes – a building or a sculpture that just looks ‘right’? All people have an inherent ability to recognize beauty when they see it, but few have ever stopped and tried to describe and measure it.

There is a specific set of measurements and ratios that can tell you what the perfectly proportioned body looks like. Classic Greek and Roman sculptors like Leonardo da Vinci figured out these proportions a long time ago but over time, the concept has disappeared.

The 3 measurements you need to know to determine your ideal proportions are as follows:

1) Height

2) Waist

3) Shoulders

Research done on human anatomy, classic art sculpture, and the psychology of attraction tells us that there is a specific body shape and size that people will find most attractive and pleasing to look at. People that are close to this ideal size are generally treated more favorably, because we live in a society that is driven by beauty and perfection. Given the physical and social benefits of a perfectly proportioned body, aren’t you curious to know what your specific ideal size and shape is, and how to get it?

Starting with your height measurement, each person will have an ideal waist measurement and ideal shoulder measurement that equal your perfect body proportions. These are not up for debate. Scientific research indicates women will find a man most attractive when his proportions approach these ideal measurements. Most people have no idea what these measurements are or how to achieve them.

To start, you need to know where you are now compared to what your ideal is. Once you know your starting point you can determine how to go about getting to where you want to be. The fitness industry has always been striving for the perfectly proportioned look. However, until now nobody has managed to pin down what this “look” is, how to measure it, and how to get it.

I’ve created a workout that is based on bringing you to your specific ideal body shape starting with your current measurements. This specific and defined goal is the best way I have found to formulate an effective workout strategy that gets you to where you want to be.

Forget just doing weights to get big, or doing cardio to burn fat, I’m talking about a specific workout routine to build your body into its perfect form. To get bigger only in the right places and lose inches where you need to. This routine is called the Adonis Index Workout

John Barban is the Author of the Adonis Index Workout, a specific method for building a guy’s body into its most attractive shape: the shape women find attractive and that creates social dominance with men.

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When the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil

Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega-6 EFAs can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth. The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega-3 EFAs. Omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega-3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among other foods.

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3

Physicians and scientists are of the same opinion that the cause behind increasing cases of heart disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, premature aging and certain kinds of cancer is none other than an imbalanced intake of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs.

As mentioned earlier on, omega-6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils. This includes but is not limited to corn oil and soy oil, both of which contains high amounts of linoleic acid. Omega-3 EFAs on the other hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils. It should be significant to take note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body. In the early 1970’s, a study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from heart diseases is because of their high-fat diet (mainly composed of fish).

The two essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are also helpful in preventing atherosclerosis, heart attacks, depression and various forms of cancer. Fish oil supplemented food have also proven to be useful in treating illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Other Benefits of Fish Oil

There are a lot more illnesses and situations in which intake of fish oil has proven to be significantly beneficial.

Making the Heart Healthier

The heart is inarguably one of the most important parts of our body and having an unhealthy heart means having to suffer a rather limited lifespan. Naturally, it’s in our best interests to keep our hearts happy and healthy and one way of doing that is eating food that contains fish oil.

In Athens, Greece, for instance, a study was made to show if there was a direct relationship between high fish diet and inflammation of blood vessels. The results revealed that those who ate more fish than the others had a lower level of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6, factors that are commonly used to measure likelihood of blood vessel inflammation. These benefits remained even when the various risks associated with high fish diet were taken into account.

Fish to Become Thin

In Perth, Australia, a study had revealed that fish consumption can be used against hypertension and obesity. Researchers of the UWA (University of Western Australia) have discovered that a weight-loss diet which includes a regular amount of fish consumption can be quite effective in reducing blood pressure and improving glucose tolerance.

Fish Oil to Combat Asthma

People suffering from respiratory problems like asthma tend to be perceived as unfit and unhealthy. They should now be pleased to learn that certain studies have revealed the benefits of fish oil for asthma-burdened-individuals. Statistics show that approximately 20 to 25% of children today suffer one form of asthma or another at a certain point in their lives. And certain evidence reveals a regular diet of food with high linoleic acid content as the reason behind it.

Researchers of UW (University of Wyoming) conducted a study by subjecting a number of children to a high-fish diet while others continued with their regular diet. Results revealed that the participants who ate more fish were less prone to asthma attacks and were able to breathe more easily as well.

Consult Your Nutritionist Now

Nothing is good when consumed or used excessively but complete avoidance of a particular food type is equally harmful as well. Ask your nutritionist for the right amount of fish intake for your age and health status.

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There’s good news for people who want to watch their weight without giving up watching TV. Now there’s a new workout for couch potatoes and people who think they’re too busy to find time to stay fit.

With time at a premium, many Americans are turning to creative forms of exercise. In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the North American Spine Society, three out of four people said they used the stairs rather than the elevator at work, 58 percent said they started parking their cars far away in parking lots and almost half reported walking while on the phone.

At the same time, however, 46 percent of people described themselves as couch potatoes–a major contributing factor to being overweight. Many adults say they have procrastinated working out in order to do other activities, such as watching television, sleeping in, doing household chores or working.

Approximately three in four adults say they would exercise more if they could fit it into their daily routines, however, and a majority of adults say they would exercise more often if they could do it at home. Among noncouch potatoes, 80 percent would like to get more exercise, but say they don’t have the time.

Meanwhile, more than 4 million Americans suffer disc problems. One out of four Americans over 30 will have recurring back pain, and one in 14 will seek medical care for back or neck pain this year, totalling almost 14 million visits per year. Back pain is the second most common reason that people visit a physician. Back and neck pain result in more lost workdays than any other condition. Due to absenteeism, medical and other related expenses, the cost of back injuries exceeds $80 billion each year in the United States. Exercise is one way to avoid back problems.

That’s why it’s important to find time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. In addition to things such as climbing stairs and parking farther away, there are a number of fun ways to make your daily tasks opportunities to exercise:

Feet Alphabet. This exercise can be done anywhere you are sitting, except while driving. It should not be hard to find a place. Simply write the alphabet in the air with each of your feet and ankles. You can do the letters in capitals or small letters and, for that matter, in any language you would like. Doing this two or three times on each ankle will begin to strengthen the ankle and maintain or improve motion.

Doing the Dishes Neck Circles. This exercise is easily done while doing the always fun task of washing the dishes. As you are standing there at the sink, slowly rotate your neck in a clockwise position, trying to extend the tip of your head out as far as possible. After three or four rotations, repeat the exercise in a counter-clockwise position. Remember, these rotations should be done slowly and in a pain-free range of motion. Besides increasing the flexibility of the neck, these exercises can pass the time of doing dishes.

Overhead Laundry Toss. Put the laundry basket directly in front of you and have the washer or dryer directly behind you. Grab a piece or two of dirty clothes, reach over your head slowly and drop the laundry into the washer. Again, start with dry clothes, then progress to wet clothes from the washer into the dryer.

Remote Wrist Lifts. This can be done on any Sunday afternoon watching multiple football games. Simply take the remote control (use the biggest one you have from the pile of remotes) and, while sitting watching your favorite team or movie and with your arm pointing toward the TV, aim the remote at the ceiling, moving your wrist only. Hold it there for 10 seconds, then aim it at the floor, again only moving the wrist. Repeat this three to four times during every commercial. Be careful not to accidentally change the channel when doing this exercise or it may irritate people who are watching TV with you.

These are just some ideas from “The Couch Potato Workout: 101 Exercises You Can Do At Home!” by Joel M. Press, M.D., president of the North American Spine Society and medical director of the Spine and Sports Institute at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “The Couch Potato Workout” describes numerous practical and functional exercises people can do to build strength, balance and flexibility as part of their normal daily routine.

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