It seems women, all along, befuddled themselves on losing weight for no reason at all! New research has thrown up very interesting things about what body shape in women men prefer the most.
Many women suffer a great deal believing that they're not slim enough to be attractive to men, but as it turns out, all their worries and discomforts are needless, as men prefer a more rounded shape, according to Lavinia Rodriguez, a US clinical psychologist.
Her study found that men find a greater range of female body shapes attractive than women do, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The body shape that men generally find attractive in women has a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7. That's the ratio of a 70cm waist and 100cm hips, though the study found that size wasn't as important as the proportions.
Men like curves. If you doubt it, consider actor Christina Hendricks, who stars in the television series 'Mad Men'. Today's men find her shape incredibly attractive, even though the show is based on 1960's standards.
Interestingly, in a study with blind men, the same ratio was found to be most attractive to the males in the study.
The average man is less bothered by a few extra kilos on a woman than her being what he considers "too thin", they found.
And so, as the study urges, the best thing for both men and women, is to accept who we are and pursue having the healthiest and fittest body we are naturally capable of achieving.
We can of course start with letting go of any mistaken ideas of what is attractive to the opposite sex.