In this next section of How to Be a Better-Looking Guy, you’re going to learn about your general body shape and how to make it more attractive.
Now, this is NOT an all-inclusive diet and exercise program. You’re NOT going to learn how to get shredded with a 6-pack here. That’s not what this course is about.
Instead, this program is all about improving your body shape IN CLOTHES. And the reason why we’re not going to talk about how to get a six-pack in THIS program is because 99% of the time you’re going to be wearing a shirt.
So we’re going to talk about the most effective things you can do to improve your overall body shape and appearance while you’re wearing clothes, which is 99% of the time, so that instead of looking like THIS…
You can look more like THIS…
The great thing about just focusing on how you look in clothes is that you make it much, much easier on yourself. Getting a six-pack is TOUGH, and it can take a long time to get there, depending on your starting point. But to look great in clothes, you don’t need to get down to 8% body fat. You can still have a little bit of fat, and still look great in clothes—because nobody’s going to notice a little fat when it’s covered up by a good-fitting shirt.
So, you DO NOT need a Fight Club body to look awesome in clothes…but what DO you need? What’s the overall goal here? What KIND of body type looks best on a man?
Well, whereas women often desire an hourglass-shaped body…with a big bust, big hips, and a slim waist in between…”slender, but curvy”…
The ideal male figure is what they call a V-shape, which consists of broad shoulders and a larger chest and upper back, all of which tapers down to a narrow waist, and continues straight down through the legs.
Now, I know I said that you do NOT need to get super-ripped with a 6-pack to achieve this body shape, and that’s TRUE. The only reason I’m showing this guy is because he’s a really obvious example of the V-shaped body. I’m not saying you should aspire to be exactly like this…in fact, my opinion is that this is a little TOO dramatic of a V shape. And the reason I say that is because this guy is NEVER going to be able to find shirts that fit him well. They’re all going to be super baggy around his midsection here.
Also, notice how this guy looks a little…short? When you body shape is this dramatic of a V, it tends to make your torso look SHORTER. And that’s not really attractive.
Here’s just one more example, this time of a guy wearing a shirt. See how the SUPER-dramatic V looks…weird, right? It looks unnatural. He’s obviously had his shirt tailored, so it’s not super baggy around the stomach, but it still looks kinda weird, doesn’t it?
Most women would NOT consider this to be a super-attractive look. It’s just too much.
A better role model might be someone like Hugh Jackman, pictured here. See how he’s got broad-looking shoulders, with kind of a big-looking chest, which narrows down at his hips, and continues straight down through the legs. Notice, especially in the picture on the left, that he looks tall and lean—not shortened by an overly exaggerated V shape:
Now, does Hugh have a six-pack in these pictures? We don’t know. You can’t tell. But it doesn’t matter, because he looks fit and muscular. This is a great look no matter what you’re wearing—collars shirts, t-shirts, suits, any good-fitting shirt is going to look great with a body shape like this.
Also, notice, like I said, that his hips and thighs aren’t too big or too wide. Instead, his body pretty much goes STRAIGHT down through the legs—for a lean and sleek appearance that looks great in clothes. A lot of guys have hips and thighs are TOO THICK—either from being overweight, or from being TOO muscular in the hip and thigh region—and those goes tend to have more of a tapered look to their legs, which is the OPPOSITE of what you want.
And here’s an example of that. A dramatic example of that, actually:
This is form a forum post to bodybuilding.com, and you can see here this guy, looks like a bodybuilder, has got MASSIVE thighs. I’m sure he’s super strong and has a ton of muscle mass.
But here, wearing jeans…he doesn’t look very good, does he? He doesn’t have that sleek, straight look through the legs. First of all I don’t even know how he FOUND these pants, which are SO BIG in the thighs and get SO MUCH skinnier down at the calves. I’m guessing they had to be altered.
But this is an example that you can get TOO MUSCULAR—especially in the leg, thigh, and hip region.
And here you can see the difference, you can see what I’m talking about side-to-side:
The guy on the left looks great: super muscular, (a little homoerotic, sorry about that) BUT from the hips straight down to his feet it’s basically a straight line.
The guy on the right, on the other hand, is ALSO obviously JACKED…but he doesn’t look fit, does he? He looks BIG. His thighs are too thick. And he’s wearing some pretty tight-fitting clothes…imagine if his clothes were a little baggier. How would THAT make him look?
Well…it would probably make him look fat. And obviously that’s not the goal.
OK, now in the last couple pictures I’ve showed you some really super-muscular, super-jacked guys. But I want you to remember, you do NOT have to be super-muscular to get the attractive body shape you want.
In fact, here’s an article from DailyMail.com. In case you don’t want to check it out, here’s what it says about the ideal male figure:
“When it came to the ideal male body, both sexes also agree that it would be muscular, with a narrow waist and wide shoulders and chest, the classic V-shaped torso. However, men’s ideal male body had a bulkier chest and bigger thighs than the version given by women.”
In other words, MEN often think that they need a super jacked, huge body… But WOMEN prefer a sleeker, leaner look.
Here’s an image that describes the difference between what MEN think is the ideal male body shape versus what WOMEN think it is. And this is also from DailyMail.com…you can see that the women’s version is more slender, but still has that distinct “V” shape to it:
OK, so hopefully you’re convinced by now that a V-shaped torso is what you should be aiming for. Now in part 3 of this series, let’s move on to the more difficult question, which is how to GET that attractive, V-shaped body…the easiest way I know.
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