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This Guy Finds Out That Models Gave Him The Wrong Impression Of How Muscles Suppose To Look When Relaxed, Realizes He’s Been Working Out Too Hard
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This Guy Finds Out That Models Gave Him The Wrong Impression Of How Muscles Suppose To Look When Relaxed, Realizes He’s Been Working Out Too Hard

Let’s face it⁠—we all are guilty of comparing our bodies with picture-perfect models we see on Instagram or other social media channels. The skillfully edited and posed photos they share are notorious for giving many of us self-esteem and body image issues. While the body positivity movement is there to help, there’s still a common misconception that women are more vulnerable to these problems. The truth is, people of all genders can develop negative views and dissatisfaction towards their self-image by aspiring to achieve these unrealistically high standards.

One American study has shown that over the last 25 years, men’s dissatisfaction with their looks has almost tripled. The study found that around 43% percent of men are unhappy with their appearance and the number is almost as high as women’s.

Nevertheless, the subject of male body positivity is still not frequently discussed. Luckily, there are people who are taking small steps to change that.

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Tumblr user @troubled-pasta shared an important piece of information he learned about how muscles work.

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The man, who has been working out for years to achieve the looks of a ripped body and has learned a lot about the process, was mind-blown after finding out that muscles look completely different when they are flexed and relaxed. And he’s not the only one.

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Apparently, there’s a common misconception that if your relaxed muscles don’t look defined, that means you’re not working out hard enough.

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The user admitted that he had no idea that people in these photos were flexing muscles, so he just couldn’t resist sharing this information on the male physique with other people.

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The post was highly appreciated and went viral across several social media channels with a simple body-positive message: “You’re probably doing better than you realize.”

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Molly Coates
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is only one human I know of that has visible muscles while relaxed (that isn't a pro athlete or model), and that's my brother. But he's a metabolic freak according to the doctor so yeah, the standards are messed up. PS. By metabolic freak I mean he goes into ketosis after two hours of not eating, even when inactive, he eats 4,000+ kcal a day, even when he doesn't exercise an unusual amount, etc. Doctors are mildly confused about it, but he's the picture of health so they haven't bothered to investigate.

Monika Georgieva
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! That's indeed a very interesting and rare case! I think I have a few friends who are close to that state

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Marnie
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I prefer the unflexed look, anyway. The super-defined muscle thing always struck me as unnatural and a bit gross.

A2Bros
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interesting. I didn't know this before either. I learned a new thing today.

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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even rom/com stars are ripped these days. If women think men don't feel the pressure too they're kidding themselves. It's also why so many men shave their torso. Makes muscles look more defined.

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Molly Coates
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is only one human I know of that has visible muscles while relaxed (that isn't a pro athlete or model), and that's my brother. But he's a metabolic freak according to the doctor so yeah, the standards are messed up. PS. By metabolic freak I mean he goes into ketosis after two hours of not eating, even when inactive, he eats 4,000+ kcal a day, even when he doesn't exercise an unusual amount, etc. Doctors are mildly confused about it, but he's the picture of health so they haven't bothered to investigate.

Monika Georgieva
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! That's indeed a very interesting and rare case! I think I have a few friends who are close to that state

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Marnie
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I prefer the unflexed look, anyway. The super-defined muscle thing always struck me as unnatural and a bit gross.

A2Bros
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interesting. I didn't know this before either. I learned a new thing today.

Full Name
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even rom/com stars are ripped these days. If women think men don't feel the pressure too they're kidding themselves. It's also why so many men shave their torso. Makes muscles look more defined.

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