The latest facts about health, fitness and nutrition based on science
by Dr. Matthew Chircop
1. Symmetry (if you have any muscle imbalances you can try and correct them);
2. Body shape (In general, the most attractive female shape is an hourglass figure and the most attractive male shape is an inverted triangle. The most effective way to change your shape toward the ideal is to get leaner, thereby reducing the size of your waist. Unfortunately, this will also reduce the size of your hips/buttocks and chest/bust. To make further adjustments you can focus on developing the muscle bulk in specific areas – upper body in males, lower body in females);
3. Limb size & shape (limb volume/fullness, hardness/tone, and definition/angularity can be influenced by diet and training. But, the reality is that your skeleton dictates what your overall shape will be, and how much muscle your frame can develop and sustain);
There are important caveats regarding aesthetics: there are no rules (unless you plan on competing in body building competitions, or want a career as a fitness model); apart from major surgery, there is nothing you can do about how big or small certain parts of your skeleton are; there are limits to how much muscle you can build in each specific area of your body; there is a limit to the level of leanness you can healthily and easily maintain; and you can’t make yourself look exactly like somebody else.
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