In a city which has become synonymous with yoga mats, mysterious green diet shakes and a general obsession with physical perfection, it's no wonder Angelinos find it difficult to be themselves when searching for that special person.
In fact, according to a UW/Cornell study, women subtract 8.5 pounds and men 1.5 pounds from their weight in their online profiles. Unfortunately though, unless your date is blind, lying about your weight can only last so long.
Are people overly (and superficially) obsessed with weight or are those gym junkies onto something?
Embracing a favorable attitude towards an active lifestyle and losing the Hot Pockets for a healthier option can be both physically and emotionally rewarding. After all, there's a reason why Michelle Obama has made eating right and exercising the focus of her career as First Lady. As a country, we're fat.
But you don't need to plant an organic garden in your backyard or go through great, painful and expensive lengths to look like Bar Refaeli. (Chances are you won't be successful or everyone in Beverly Hills would have already done it)
But aspiring to be the best version of yourself is the greatest favor you can do for your long term personal well-being, especially your romantic objective and sexual resolution.
Besides the benefits of exercise on your heart, immune system and waist line, there's the awesome added bonus of its healing powers over your mood, confidence and sexual prowess, all of which contribute to a happier and better quality of life. If you're already in a relationship, take a look at each other and be honest about what you see. Take on some activities together and enjoy your relationship in and out of the bedroom.
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day releases endorphins which help minimize stress and depression. Once those are out of the way, you will feel empowered to take on the every tasks and dramas of work, family, friends and anything that comes your way. Your self-possession brought on by the physical and emotional effects of exercise will attract the opposite sex like Lindsay Lohan keeps attracting trouble.
Don't know where to start? Here's your chance to kill two lonely, unfit birds with one stone by meeting other active singles.
Join a local gym. If you're not into running on a treadmill like a hamster, join different classes and groups at the gym. If you stick with a couple classes you like long enough, you're bound inspire friendships that can lead to something more.
However, if you associate joining a gym with throwing money down the sewage never to be seen again, then join meetup.com, where people in the same neighborhood plan all types of activities, including outdoor hikes, running by the beach (and in L.A. it's always beach weather), tennis and dance groups and more.
Ladies, if you're not into meeting potential dates while sweating profusely yet still looking for a fun, self-esteem boosting work out, check out pole dancing at S Factor or number other places offering pole dancing classes in Los Angeles. This does a number on your confidence, your sexual prowess and your abs.
No, exercise is not the cure-all for all things that ail you, but it's definitely a start to improving your life and letting others know that you love yourself enough to take care of your body and mind and expect the same kind of affection in return.