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Can Women Be Too Toned?

We think Ripa looks great! Do you? (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

It seems like everywhere we go these days women are constantly told how to look. Don't be too skinny because then people will think you have unhealthy habits lurking in the shadows. Don't be overweight because that'll bring on an onslaught of health problems and medical concerns. So what's the happy medium? You'd think working out and building up muscle would be. But now it seems as though women are being criticized once again—this time for being too toned.

ABC news recently aired a video covering the topic, in which it seems a double standard has been issued between men and women. We want men to look buff and muscular, but if women are, then something's wrong. They targeted celebs like Cameron Diaz and Kelly Ripa as potential culprits: Ripa for her rockin' arms and Diaz for her washboard abs. Brett Hoebel, one of the trainers from season 11 of The Biggest Loser, tweeted earlier today saying he doesn't think muscle is a bad thing. "Pop culture has set a standard for girls to be 'thin' and 'waif-like," he tweeted. "Most men, however, are not looking for that type of girl...I personally love a woman that is fit and has more curves than a skinny body." We couldn't have said it better ourselves, Brett. After all, we love Kelly's bod and think Cameron is pretty rad, too.

Now tell us: Can women be too toned?


Samantha Lefave

Samantha is a writer who is living, eating and sweating her way through NYC. You can find her running half-marathons like it's her job, Instagramming her favorite food and fitness finds or, let's be honest, eating peanut butter straight from the jar.

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