Excerpted from "Sex in the Romance: A Review of Romantic Encounters of the Close Kind".

(copyright John L. Ferri 1994, jlferri@epix.net)

Skin - Smooth and Naked

Contrary to the beliefs of most men, the skin is the largest organ of the human body. Bone, muscle, ligaments, tendons, and a variable layer of fat give the body its shape. The skin - a protective layer that is self repairing, heat and water resistant, and elastic - merely outlines the underlying structure. Assuming that overall health is good, the shape of this structure is determined mainly by genetics with contributions from nutrition.

Genetics sets your bone structure that then sets your height and proportions. A variable layer of fat that overlays the muscles, tendons, and ligaments determines your shape. Both genetics and diet control this. Genetics sets where fat is deposited in the body when caloric intake exceeds output. If you consume more calories than you use, your weight will gradually increase, but it will increase in the areas determined by genetics. You can only control the amount of weight gain through diet, not the location where it's added. Women typically add it to the buttocks and thighs (pear shaped), whereas men add it to the abdomen area (apple shaped).

The good news is that if caloric input is less than the output, you lose fat from the areas where it was added. There are primarily two ways to accomplish this: eat less or raise your average metabolism. Eating less is the dreaded diet. You can raise your average metabolism through exercise. I'm not recommending to go on "a diet," but to watch "your diet." There is a big difference. "A diet" usually means restricting food intake and doing without foods that you like. "Your diet" is what you eat. It should be sensible, low in fat, and include a variety of foods from low fat items such as fruits, vegetables, and pastas. It should also be low in higher fat items such as meats and dairy products.

To raise your average metabolism requires regular exercise. The old "no pain, no gain" axiom isn't true. Walking, biking, swimming, or any moderate exercise, if done regularly, can increase the average caloric output so that it balances or exceeds the input. The equation is simple. If input is greater than output, you gain weight in genetically preset areas. If output is greater than input, you lose weight from these same areas. The goal is to get where you want, then balance input and output.

Don't expect instant results. And don't expect miracles. Some people have a genetically set weight and shape that can only be altered through strict diet and vigorous exercise. How do you know if your weight can be closer to what you desire? Simple. Eat sensibly, exercise moderately, and learn to accept the results.

If you follow my advice and if someone else doesn't like the results, then it's their problem. Go about your life and be happy.

The authors referred to skin as "smooth" 15% of the time, "silky" 9%, and "creamy" 8%.

The complete list follows:

  • Alabaster
  • bare
  • burning
  • creamy
  • elastic
  • fine
  • flamed
  • glistened
  • glowed
  • golden glow
  • heated
  • hot
  • incredibly hot
  • inflamed
  • ivory
  • naked
  • pale
  • perfect
  • pink flush of arousal
  • prickled
  • rosy flush
  • satin
  • satin-smooth
  • silky
  • silky nakedness
  • slippery wetness
  • smooth
  • smoother than silk
  • smoothness of cream
  • soft, curving flesh
  • soft flesh
  • sun-warm
  • taut
  • tender
  • velvet
  • very vulnerable
  • warm
  • warm as honey
  • warm satin.
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