11 ways to know if a guy is only interested in your body

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You want to be his bae, but you’re starting to strongly suspect you’re just his booty call.

Some men are skilled at making you feel special, up until the point where they get what they want.

Any guy with half a brain isn’t going to make it super obvious from the start that he’s only after one thing.

That means a skilled player is going to be charming, seductive and clever in his approach.

So, how do you know if a guy only wants to get in your pants?

Here are 11 very strong signs that he wants you for your body and not a lot else.

1) There’s little to no contact in between seeing each other

Too much texting and messaging can be annoying for any guy.

But whilst constant check in’s are a bit much, if you barely speak to him at all in between your dates, that’s a bit suss.

Maybe in the beginning, before you had sex, you did hear from him more often.

This was probably because he was still putting in the groundwork.

But after your relationship became sexual, most of this effort seems to have been unceremoniously dropped.

How to know if a guy is using you for your body over text? Well, you might notice some of these classic signs in the communication between you:

  • You are pretty much always the one to message him first.
  • He often takes his time getting back to you.
  • He might seem to disappear for a while, but contact you at the last minute to see what you’re up to right now.
  • His messages to you are usually sexual or at least very flirty in nature.
  • Unless he wants something from you (aka sex) you don’t hear from him.

Of course, we’re all different and some of us will happily chat endlessly over social media and text, whilst others simply don’t want to.

I totally get that, I have very little time or patience for small talk online. I’d rather talk face to face.

But here’s the thing, when we’re really into someone, we feel excited to speak to them.

Even the most independent or busy of people, if they’re genuinely open to developing a relationship, they will want to make the effort to connect.

Particularly as this is one of the key ways that we signal to someone that we are interested in them.

So if he isn’t doing this, it seems he’s interested in your body, but perhaps not you.

2) He only wants to see you late at night

True story: a guy I’d recently given my number to earlier in the week messaged me at 9 pm on a Saturday evening asking if I was free that night.

**Alarm bells**

Ok, this isn’t quite as obvious as a midnight booty call, but it was borderline enough to cause some concern and make me question his intentions.

Mainly because if I’d been on his mind, he’d have made the effort to arrange a date beforehand.

If this was my boyfriend, or even a guy I’d been dating for a while, a spur of the moment thing would have been ok — but this was a first date.

There is casual and then there’s waaaaay too casual.

I decided to remind him that I’m not Uber Eats and so, no, I wasn’t free (which was a total lie, but I wasn’t about to admit I had zero plans except binge watching trash TV) and if he wants to see me, I’m going to need some proper notice.

These kinds of behaviours alway offer clues as to where someone’s head is really at.

Sure, maybe he is a total night owl, but if he only tries to make plans to see you late at night — it’s not looking good.

We all know what’s more likely to go down after dark.

How do you know if a guy only wants your body?

There is almost an unofficial dating code that the earlier in the day he wants to see you, the more noble his intentions are towards you.

3) His inner-hero hasn’t been triggered

If a man’s inner hero isn’t triggered, there’s a good chance he won’t see you as anything more than “a night of fun”.

You see, for guys, it’s all about triggering their inner hero.

I learned about this from the hero instinct. Coined by relationship expert James Bauer, this revolutionary concept is about three main drivers all men have, deeply ingrained in their DNA.

This is something most women don’t know about.

But once triggered, these drivers make men into the heroes of their own lives. They feel better, love harder, and commit stronger when they find someone who knows how to trigger this.

And they’re more likely to form emotional connections, not just physical.

Now, you may be wondering why it’s called “the hero instinct”? Do guys really need to feel like superheroes to commit to a woman?

Not at all. Forget about Marvel. You won’t need to play the damsel locked in the tower to make him see you as the one.

The truth is, it comes at no cost or sacrifice to you. With only a few small changes in how you approach him, you’ll tap into a part of him no woman has tapped into before.

The easiest way to do this is by checking out James Bauer’s excellent free video here. He shares some easy tips to get you started, such as sending him a 12 word text that will trigger his hero instinct right away.

Because that’s the beauty of the hero instinct.

It’s only a matter of knowing the right things to say to make him realize that he wants you and only you. 

All of that and more is included in this informative free video, so make sure to check it out if you want to make him yours for good.

Here’s a link to the free video again.

4) He’s a bit (or a lot) pushy in the bedroom

Sexual exploration between two consenting adults is absolutely fine.

What is kinky for one person may be totally vanilla to someone else.

We all have our own preferences and boundaries when it comes to sex. But the more he tries to push yours, the less he respects you.

If he is suggesting swingers clubs one week in, knowing full well that ‘aint your jam, it is safe to assume he is only considering his own desires and not yours.

If he sulks, gets grumpy or even mad when you say no to the things that don’t float your boat — then you know he’s a total jerk.

You should never feel pressured to do anything that isn’t right for you.

Similarly, if you haven’t had sex yet and he doesn’t seem to listen when you tell him you’re not ready for that yet — know that if he gave a damn about you he would have patiently heard you the first time, instead of trying to change your mind or manipulate you.

5) He only compliments the way you look

A male friend once said to me that men will call you “hot” if they only want sex and “beautiful” if they want a relationship.

I don’t personally agree with this wholly unscientific oversimplification, but I do see what he was getting at.

Because there are clues in the language a guy uses and the ways in which he compliments you.

If he only pays attention to the way you look, and never notices your many other assets — he’s showing you what is at the top of his list.

How do you know if a guy is only physically attracted to you or if it means more to him?

If you’re looking for ​​signs he likes you for more than your body then he’ll also tell you that you’re funny, smart, super sweet — or anything related to who you really are underneath the superficialities of how you look.

If he wants to develop a deeper connection with you, he’ll be complimenting you on a wide range of things.

Sure, you do look smoking hot in that new dress, and it’s nice to hear that.

But you also want to know that he has picked up on, and it’s totally digging the fact that you’re passionate about environmental issues, a skilled cellist and have a dry wit that rivals Amy Schumer.

6) He doesn’t bother trying to hide his attraction to other people

I once had a guy I was dating ever so casually throw into conversation he doesn’t think he “believes in monogamy”.

Fair enough, I’m always open to an intellectual conversation on the merits of other relationship lifestyle choices

…but not less than 5 minutes after we’ve just had sex and when I was under the naive impression this was maybe going somewhere.

Talk about a glaring sign that you haven’t found a keeper.

Regardless of whether you’ve had the talk about if you’re exclusive or not, if he makes little effort to shield you from his wandering eye, whatever is happening between you two has “something casual” written all over it.

It’s not that we stop finding other people attractive the moment we like someone, but we tend to keep it to ourselves — because we care about the feelings of the person we are with.

If he openly flirts with your server at the restaurant, checks out other people in the bar, or makes comments about how hot someone is —  this level of thoughtlessness speaks volumes.

7) He never wants to spend the night

I’m a light sleeper and I love to sprawl in bed, so I’m not a huge fan of sharing my space. In fact, I’ve even opted for totally separate bedrooms when I’ve been living with a partner before.

But despite that, I still see the importance of what happens after you’ve had sex.

Do you lie there chatting or spooning? Or does he swiftly put his clothes back on, make his excuses and dash for the door?

Particularly in the early stages of dating, it’s not always practical to stay over at someone’s place.

We have jobs, lives and other commitments and considerations that play into it.

But if he never wants to stay over, even at weekends, it sounds a lot like a booty call and he could just be using you.

Building real intimacy involves all the things that come before and after sex, and not just the act itself.

At some stage that needs to include pillow talk and knowing what it’s like to actually wake up together.

If he’s trying to dodge this, chances are he’ll find perfectly valid sounding excuses.

But a good way to tell is by asking him before you have sex if he can stay over tonight.

At the end of the day, if he isn’t showing any interest in spending the night, it’s most likely because it’s just a physical thing for him and feelings may not be involved.

8) He’s super shallow

There’s taking pride in your appearance, and then there’s being totally in love with yourself.

If extreme vanity is a quality you notice in him, he’s more likely to think of you in that way too.

Maybe he values aesthetic qualities above all else, and you notice a habit he has for judging things in a pretty skin-deep way.

Although it’s not a dead cert, it’s also not a stretch to assume he could take a similar approach to the connections he creates.

I hate to break it to you, but if he has a superficial attitude towards everything from his phone, to his car, his clothes, and his general “status” in life — don’t expect to be treated any differently than any other of his accessories.

If he judges everything and every one based on shallow criteria, it suggests he could lack the depth of character to see beyond the pretty packaging.

Of course, not all narcissists will only want you for your body, but if you find yourself dating one, that’s likely to be the least of your problems.

9) He makes little effort to get to know the real you

A certain amount of small talk in life is often unavoidable, and that applies in the dating world too.

But if your conversations never go any deeper than pleasantries and trivialities then he isn’t making the effort to become emotionally better acquainted.

Does he show interest in getting to know what really makes you tick?

Does he ask questions that dig deeper into your background, your family, your thoughts, your beliefs, and your values?

Or does he not even remember the little things you’ve already told him — like foods you love and hate, or your favourite bands and TV shows?

Maybe his eyes even glaze over a little when you talk, he seems distracted, or constantly checks his phone when you’re speaking.

When you do chat, perhaps it’s never too long before he’s turned it into something sexual with flirtatious exchanges.

They’re all pretty clear signs that he’s not really listening or that interested in what you have to say.

A man that’s interested in more than just your body will be curious enough to try to actively get to know your mind too.

10) Every “date” is a Netflix and chill

I’ve often wondered what even constitutes a date anymore.

We seem to live in an ever increasingly casual culture and everybody’s idea of what is an appropriate date setting is different.

Although it’s obviously open to individual interpretation, here’s what I do think a date needs to involve…

Some slight form of effort.

Call me old-fashioned, but if his plans were always to sit on the sofa eating pizza and drinking beer — then it’s not much of a date if he just invited you to join.

I love a bit of a low-key evening as much as the next person (going out can be soooo overrated).

But if every single meetup is low-key, then you might safely assume that his entire attitude towards you is just a bit too low-key.

He’s just looking for the easiest way to get his needs met.

After all, why bother taking you out, when everything he wants from you happens at home anyway.

I mean, you know he definitely does leave the house, as all those Instagram snaps of him on boozy nights out with his friends proves it.

Yet from your interactions together you’d swear he was agoraphobic because up until now you’ve only ever seen him at his place.

A guy who is serious about dating you and not just looking to hook up or use you for your body will want to invest their time in you — and that means doing stuff together out in public.

11) Things aren’t progressing

Sometimes we can find ourselves stuck in limbo-land with someone who only wants us for our body, not knowing where we stand.

This usually happens because neither person has clarified what it is that they are looking for.

So you keep your mouth shut, afraid of rocking the boat and coming on “too strong”. Silently hoping things will progress to the next stage of the relationship, except they never do.

And you reach a point when you have to turn around and ask yourself “is this going anywhere?”

There are different stages of a relationship, and the beginning can feel so precarious.

We don’t know what they want from us, how much they like us, whether they are looking for a partner or just a casual hookup.

Dating can feel like a total minefield with one false step resulting in your heart being blown to smithereens.

But if you get stuck at one level and it’s not moving on, it’s unlikely that is going to change.

If it’s month in and you still aren’t meeting his friends, going out on romantic dinners, planning weekends away — you’re just having sex — it isn’t progressing past anything physical.

Bottom line: When a ​​guy just wants you sexually

By now you should have a better idea of the warning signs he might be only interested in your body.

So the key now is getting through to your man in a way that empowers both him and you. 

I mentioned the concept of the hero instinct earlier – by appealing directly to his innate drivers, you won’t only solve this issue, but you’ll take your relationship further than ever before.

It could be the difference between him only wanting you sexually or developing stronger emotional feelings.

And since this free video reveals exactly how to trigger your man’s hero instinct, you could make this change from as early as today. 

With James Bauer’s incredible concept, he’ll see you as the only woman for him. So if you’re ready to take that plunge, before sure to check out his revolutionary advice. 

Here’s a link to the incredible free video again. 

Louise Jackson

My passion in life is communication in all its many forms. I enjoy nothing more than deep chats about life, love and the Universe. With a masters degree in Journalism, I’m a former BBC news reporter and newsreader. But around 8 years ago I swapped the studio for a life on the open road. Lisbon, Portugal is currently where I call home. My personal development articles have featured in Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, Thrive Global and more.

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