But... at the same time what's important is more than just body shape.
Obviously physical attraction matters, but any guy who will judge you on your body shape alone isn't worth going for.
Be comfortable in your own skin, and if you feel like you need to lose a few pounds or gain them, by all means do so. But do it for yourself, and not because it's what you think or are told guys like better. These sort of superficial guys are the last thing you want or need.
In short. My answer is : Not really that important.
Not hugely important (I'm more of a mental guy, she has to be bright), but I do look to see what kind of shape she's in, and if she respects herself and her body enough to eat okay and exercise; Not too thin or large, just what's right for her. I won't lie, it's nice when she's in good shape, fit (I like it when she can keep up with me physically; Exercising or otherwise) but it's not an all-or-nothing factor. As for thin versus shape, curves, curves, curves, hands down. As long as they fit your body and size, I think curves are a defining factor to your womanly figure, and I definitely prefer a smooth curve to a stick figure.
I prefer girls who are skinny to girls who are average. In shape is preferred. Keep in mind that many guys like girls on the heavy side. Some guys are also very particular about girls being in good shape. Personality is the most desired trait so just make sure that's good and you're golden.
I say in shape is ten times more attractive. A girl can starve herself skinny, but a girl who works out will be better looking longer. Eventually starvation will end. Working out can go for a lot longer.
That being said, remember! Body catches a guy's eyes, but personality keeps him!
It's EVERYTHING. I can't scream it enough. Forget being skinny and be IN SHAPE! I mean girls that eat and workout and have a little bit of muscle going on. Girls that are intelligent enough to measure their body by what they see in the mirror and not numbers (pants sizes, dress sized, weight, etc...) Look at these olympic gymasitcs girls, they are perfect 10's and if you ask them what they weigh, they don't even know. They don't care. And their goals are in the gym and not in the fitting room. And they will turn your mans head away from you skinny mini's 7 DAYS A WEEK just by walking in the room. The time has come girls...EVOLVE. Take your thinking to the next level and put down the magazines.
Sounds like they're both equally hot! As far as how important being in shape is, ONLY in the sense that I know it would be good for the girl's health, but as far as it being a deal breaker for NOT being in shape, not a chance...
I prefer curvier women, skinny isn't for me (personally I think it doesn't look nice, my opinion though) I like girls who have curls or are slightly overweight, 'chubby' as I love round, bright, 'choppy' faces. Plus usually curvier and chubby women tend to have a nice pair of... hands, definately wasn't going to say t*ts
Well I like a curvy girl who is in shape. I generally don't like it if there is too much muscle definition I'm not into female bodybuilders :P, I prefer smooth, thin and curvy. But not too thin like I don't want her to look like a UN advertisment campaign for food relief in Somalia...
It's nice when a girl looks like she's in good shape, but it's the best when she is in good shape. I'm a very active person and when I can play soccer with a girl I like or go running with her and she's up for it and maybe even making me look like an idiot. Personal opinion it's awesome. It's a lot more awesome if she likes me.
if I had to choose I would say in shape. because its just better for your health. someone can be really thin naturally but be in really bad shape. if there's a girl that can chase down the bus and get on without lookin like she just ran a marathon, I think that's pretty cool and hot at the same time. I'm not expecting world class athletes when I say in shape women, I just mean someone who respects their body enough to have some level of physical fitness
I think being in shape and fitness is important because in the long run naturally thin girls don't stay naturally thin and hot without exercise.
I have always been thin and curvy but in my 40's the fact that I do pushups, pullups, squats and core work makes a huge difference. Having a fit body is just sexier and keeps you more energized and it doesn't even take that much time either, surprisingly.
I gave up trying to be skinny. I'm average, I have big boobs with a flat stomach, a butt and endless curves. I am who I am and I work out for health. I wouldn't want a guy that is going to require me to have a fitness routine or eat air for breakfast. If a guy doesn't like you for you, then you can tell him to go have a wonderful relationship with his dumbbells!
I don't quite understand why you divide women into "thin" and "in shape". I consider myself both thin and in good shape (I've been training gymnastics and dancing for many years). Apart from that thin women can be curvy too. I have a small butt but it may not look that small comapred to my waist which is also very thin. So I think it's a matter of proportion. Some men may prefer petite women, others bigger ones but being in shape is a must for every woman respecting herself. I don't know how it is elsewhere but in my area guys prefer thin women and in shape so I'm happy to be the way I am. )
being thin doesn't necessarily guarantee that one is in "good shape" ..but with being in shape ..it's likely that one is fit ..and one doesn't have to be thin in order to be fit.. I personally am fit but not thin.
I'm a chick, and personally I like proportion. Proportion on a skinny, normal, curvy, all ladies are beautiful if they take care of themselves and keep in shape! I am slightly biased though towards more slim girls though, cause I like to see more definition in facial features and along the jawline, neckline, and collar bones.
Most men I've dated have like the fact that I workout daily and am thin but fit (smaller then average 100 to 105 pounds and almost 5 6), but I have 32 d breasts and hipsso have a womanly figure I'm just muscled so thin side. I like my man to be fit to so maybe that's why.
I think guys overall prefer someone who works for the shape they're in. I noticied that guys tend to prefer girls who work out to those who don't, regardless of their natural shape. Take for example me and my little sister. She is naturally thin and when I am in shape (I go through periods where I don't exercise and get out of shape, like right now :/) people actually think I look better than her. When I am at my heavier side (Like right now) I always get rude comments about how I need to lose weight (from her friends mostly) and how crappy I look. Now, the only difference is two sizes, and I don't really think size 8-9 counts as a fat-ass yet but apparently it does to some people. When I am on my thin side (6-7), people check me out who would never bat an eyelash at me before. The thing is, guys want a girl as hot as they think they can get, which is in-shape. The hardest body to obtain will always be the most attractive one. Like, in Roman times everyone was starving so fat people were deemed the most attractive, the bigger the better. Nowadays, being in shape and actually working out is the hardest, so that is the thing most wanted.
I think it depends on the guy. In general, guys do like curves. and being in shape can help anyone's body look hotter. I was never heavy, and I have a natural hourglass shape. I started working out a lot at the gym a few months ago and watching what I eat more and I feel so great! everybody has a certain natural shape but working out and watching what you eat will tone and shape your body so much better and really make the best out of what you've got. being toned and not flabby always helps a lot. I think that as a general guideline, guys prefer more boobs to less, more butt to less. but if it's between small boobs and butt and an overall thin body versus being heavy guys would prefer less curves and a lower weight.