This just in: The dad bod is a real thing. We reported it on back when it became "popular," bringing you the 10 keys to a perfect dad bod. (Tips: Choose the elliptical over weights and always go for fried rather than grilled anything). But no matter how trendy it is, does the Men's Fitness guy really want a dad bod? We think not. That's why we crafted the perfect anti-dad bod workout. And now, research confirms that the routine is even more neccessary than we could have imagined.
Northwestern University researchers studied over 10,000 men for 20 years, checking in with them twice in adolescence, again during their mid-20's, and finally in their early 30's. A third of those men ended up becoming dads during that timeframe. Those guys? They gained 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. And that's only guys in their early 30's—who knows what could happen in their late 30's, 40's, and beyond. Non-dads, on the other hand, lost weight.
The scary thing? The dad bod can sneak up on you. It's not like one day you wake up and notice you've gone from shredded to sloppy. One pound here, two there, and suddenly you have that slightly out-of-shape-physique you definitely aren't slaving away in the gym to acheive.
So, we rounded up 10 ways the dad bod can sneak up on you—whether you're actually a dad or not. (Yup, you can have a dad bod and not actually be a dad, too!)