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The cost of getting lean: Is it really worth the trade-off? [Infographic]
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RE: The cost of getting lean: Is it really worth the trade-off? [Infographic]
Very few men are below 15% body fat. In fact only 5% of the population aged 20-39 years old is below 15.5% (see:, Table 3). There's additional evidence the women find men with 12% body fat most attractive:
Quote:Twenty-nine women in the fertile stage of their menstrual cycle (meaning they were more receptive to sexual cues, and more responsive to masculinity) rated pictures of 69 young white males of all body sizes by their attractiveness, masculinity, and body fat.

They then took these rating and compared them to how well the men's immune system responded to a Hepatitis B vaccine. They also tested circulating testosterone levels in the participants.

The results showed that a man's masculinity rating didn't mean he was more attractive, and also didn't mean that his immune system worked better. How masculine a man was also wasn't an indicator of how much testosterone he had either.

On the other hand, body fat was linked to attractiveness, high testosterone levels, and a stronger immune system. Too much fat was bad too, though: Body fat attractiveness had a bell-shaped curve. The most attractive men had 12 percent body fat.

Original study (BI link is wrong - because they're terrible journalists):
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