To be honest though, the first woman (imo) is still too skinny and the second link is too muscular for me (kudos to her but not where I would want to be at. For the first, her weight/height gives her a BMI of 19 (less than 18.5 being underweight) and barely puts her in her healthy BMI, she is carrying a decent amount of muscle. Since muscle weighs more (is denser) than fat, women who carry more muscle should actually weigh more than your average woman of the same height/weight with an avg. body fat %. The second woman on the first link looks the best to me.
I discovered this myself when trying to lean down to the lower end of my BMI (where I had been at before gaining weight and before weight lifting). When I tried to reach the 105-110 lbs range at 5'2 which gave me a BMI of 19, I was way too skinny. I was muscular, I was defined just like this woman but I also did not have fat in the *right* places (curves). I actually look much better in the middle of my BMI with muscle. I looked fine at 105-110 lbs when I wasn't so built, still had good curves but this time around, I did not!
But of course this all comes down to personal tastes/opinions. To me, the perfect body (what appeals to me in others and myself physically) is yes, strong! But not at an ultra low body fat percentage. A body fat percentage in the 18-22% range is perfect, I think it's the perfect balance of leaness, muscle and curves.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/17/2013 (06:30)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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