Three in four women would choose a man with love handles over one sporting a six-pack. That’s 23 million of us who find muscular men a turn off; 96% predict a date with an abs-obsessed bloke to be positively dreary.
Let’s be clear here: these results don’t mean women won’t be eyeing off Zac’s ‘V’ line: the muscular line running from the hip bone to the groin.
But when it comes to real life, we don’t want chiselled perfection in our bed.
The question is: why on earth not? Why don’t women want some hot, buff, perfect-bodied man lying beside us?
The sad answer is this: we’re worried we won’t shape up. Seventy-four percent of women in the survey said they’d feel self-conscious taking their clothes off in front of a perfectly toned man.
A he-man’s discipline highlights our lack of it, making us feel even more acutely self-conscious of our own body flaws than usual. We feel far more comfortable with flab because it’s less threatening.