According to a Chapman University study of 60,058 heterosexual men and women, both overweight and healthy weight men have more sex partners than gents considered to be underweight or obese. Men within these categories were also more likely to get busy with someone other than their partner. (Tsk, tsk!) Among the ladies, body mass was a less prominent predictor of how many sex partners they had, but underweight women did report having fewer partners than their curvier counterparts.
(Speaking of stripping down, stock up on these 15 Foods for the Best Sex Ever)
And the playing field isn’t level when it comes to money and physique either. According to a new study conducted by the University of Otago’s Christchurch Health and Development (CHDS) in New Zealand, the heavier a man is, the more money he makes. In fact, on average, obese men earn $140 more a week than men with a healthy BMI. And interestingly enough, the opposite was true for overweight and obese women, who, on average, rake in $60 fewer dollars per week than their thinner counterparts. Though the researchers aren’t certain why this is, one hypothesis is that women are more mentally affected by being overweight, which could affect their confidence to ask for more cash. Obese men, on other hand, may not be not as bothered by their girth, researchers say.
And whatever your motivation may be—more sex, a fatter paycheck or simply better health if you want to lose weight be sure to check out these 33 Lazy Ways to Flatten Your Belly—Fast.
Want to boost your sex drive? Be sure to steer clear of these foods.
Water isn’t the culprit here; it’s the plastic bottle. Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, is a chemical component found in most plastic food containers and cans that’s associated with negative impacts on fertility in both men and women. A Slovenian study in the journal Fertility & Sterility found a statistically significant association between urinary BPA concentration in men and lower total sperm count, concentration and vitality. And a study out of Harvard School of Public Health found women with the highest BPA levels in the body produced 27 percent less viable eggs. Turn to these testosterone boosting foods instead.
Is farting a turn off? A quick Google search will tell you most certainly yes. We tend to agree. To avoid an unsexy bottom burp, skip out on vegetables like brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Not only reputed to make you fart more, cruciferous veggies also increase the pungency of your flatulence. To blame? Raffinose and sulphate. Raffinose is a sugar found in cruciferous veg that goes undigested until it reaches the large intestine where it’s fermented by gas-producing bacteria. The smell comes from sulphate, another characteristic compound of cruciferous vegetables that studies have found to be the major malodorous component of human farts.
As if that weren't bad enough, the gas build-up is also likely to cause a serious case of bloating. Eat these flat stomach foods for a healthy gut and no belly bulge.
Could Spaghetti-O’s could be getting in the way of your O!?! Maybe! Canned soups and meals are notoriously high in dietary sodium (a can of Spaghetti-O’s has 1780 mg—-as much as 10 bags of Doritos!), which can lead to elevated blood pressure and diminished blood flow to certain parts of the body, including the genitals. Reverse the damage with a sexy serving of dark chocolate. Non-alkalized cocoa is rich in flavanols—-sexy compounds that promote the production of nitric oxide in the body, causing blood vessels to open wider. Mee-ow!
Are you drinking fire retardant? Many sodas in the United States are manufactured with brominated vegetable oil, one chemical in a class known as PBDEs, which are used as flame retardants in foams and plastics. Turned on yet? A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found women who were actively trying to get pregnant were half as likely to conceive if they had high levels of PBDE in their blood. And there are other studies linking BVO consumption to skin lesions! Coca-Cola and PepsiCo announced in May 2014 it was working to removed the controversial chemical from products—-which include many citrus-flavored sodas like Mountain Dew, Fanta and Fresca—-but didn’t provide a timeline.
Sip some detox water instead to flush out toxins, boost glowing skin and flatten your stomach for birthday suit confidence.
If date night regularly includes sushi, order your appetizer wisely! A serving of edamame is little more than a bowl of pure soy beans—91 percent of which is genetically engineered in the US, according to The Center for Food Safety. A study in the Journal of Nutrition found high levels of soy in a woman’s body can decrease sex hormones and disrupt her ovarian function. And a study out of Harvard School of Public Health found just a half serving of soy per day was enough to slash sperm count by 40 percent in healthy males!
Need some guidance on what you should eat before your big date? Use our easy swaps for foods that make or break your sex drive.