As I’ve said a number of times recently, I’ve changed a lot since becoming a dad. For the most part, this is in terms of my outlook on life, but there have been some physical changes too.
I’ve definitely put on a little weight in my eight years of parenting and it started pretty early on. I don’t know whether this is down to finishing off food my kids leave – I hate waste! – or simply because I’m now on the slippery slope to 40.
My weight has fluctuated but not by a significant amount and I’ve actually got physically stronger from carrying children around. I have developed a bit of a dad bod though!
To be honest, I’m not particularly concerned about this. I play five-a-side every week and we don’t have a car so all school runs are on foot.
We have a healthy diet too so I’m not in bad shape. That said, there’s always room for improvement! Losing a few extra pounds and toning up would serve me well.
I’m not alone in this. According to a recent survey by LighterLife Fast, half of new dads put on weight within their first year of becoming parents. Furthermore, one in ten gains more than two stone.
With less time on their hands, 28% get less exercise, 8% have quit sports teams and 20% don’t have enough time to prepare healthy meals. Meanwhile, 57% admit that their top free-time priority is sleep.
I can sympathise with a lot of this. I used to play five-a-side twice a week but dropped to one game once oldest was born. This was because I wanted to be around more, so I abandoned midweek games as they were at a more inconvenient time.
We indulged in takeaways more often in the first year of being parents too. It’s understandable as we were permanently tired, although I did feel guilty for suggesting them so often. Eight years and two more children later, sleep is still very much an obsession – as it is for a great many parents.
Another headline statistic is that of the famed dad bod. Just under a third feel less body confident since having children. This figure rises to 51% for those under the age of 29.
The physiques most respondents wanted to have themselves include those similar to David Beckham, Dwayne Johnson and Tom Hardy.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not too worried about the way I look. While I’ve never been one to go shirtless, I feel okay about my appearance. Sure, I’m not as skinny as I once was, but I feel just about right for my age and height.
Personally, I don’t think we should aspire to look like celebrities and should instead try to be the best versions of ourselves. And help is at hand here.
LighterLife Fast has worked with The Dad Network to develop a workout. Called Dad Bod to Rad Bod, it’s completely free.
Not only that, you can do the workout from the comfort of your own home and involve a little one.
As you can see from the pictures in this post, I’ve tried it out with help from youngest. It was great fun, good exercise and meant quality time with her too. Now that can’t be bad at all!
If you’re looking to fit in more exercise, it’s a good solution if time is an issue for you so it’s well worth a go.
Fellow dads: what is your experience with weight and body confidence since becoming a parent? Do you get as much exercise as you’d like?
LighterLife Fast® is an intermittent fasting brand with a range of meals for people who either wish to lose a little weight or who want to manage their current weight more effectively. The plan works by following the Fast Philosophy; fasting two or three days per week and eating two 300kcal meals along with a meal of choice on the other four or five “smart” days.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.