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How A 'Dad Bod' Is Hurting Your Health

There’s a new fad flooding the internet: the “Dad Bod.” This term defines the way a man’s body looks when he has a bit of extra fat around his abdomen. While many women are jumping on the dad bod bandwagon, claiming to find it attractive, this body type actually poses serious health risks.It's thought that women may be attracted to men with the dad bod because it appears that these men are more concerned about spending time with their families than they are about looking fit. In truth, though, a man who truly cares about his family takes the necessary steps to stay healthy so he'll be there for his family in the long-run. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the health risks of the dad bod, as well as some helpful tips on fighting belly fat.

Overweight man in a blue collard holding his stomach


What Health Risks Does A Dad Bod Pose?

When you have a dad bod, it means you’re storing an unhealthy amount of visceral fat, fat that’s found in the abdominal cavity. Due to its location, this type of fat interferes with important internal organs, like the pancreas, liver, and intestines. Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk of a number of serious health issues, including:

  • Disrupted hormone function
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • High blood pressure


What Can I Do To Shed Belly Fat?

It’s not as difficult as you may assume to get rid of excess fat around your midsection. Here are some simple things you can do:

  1. Eliminate white foods from your diet. Things like pizza, beer, sweets and other refined carbs end up being stored as fat around your abdomen. Always remember you can’t out-exercise a bad diet; stay committed to eating healthy in order to ward off extra pounds.

  2. Get plenty of quality sleep. A lack of sleep actually causes your body to crave those unhealthy white foods. Adequate rest restores proper body function, thus preventing cravings.

  3. Find a healthy way to deal with stress. Your body’s natural response to stress is to go into famine mode, which leads to overeating.

  4. Exercise, even a little bit. You don’t have to bust it at the gym for hours a day; simply staying active helps reduce belly fat. Consider workouts in bursts – sprints, burpees, or swimming.

Don’t fall prey to the dad bod trend – consider your health and the future of your family. To learn about more ways to stay healthy, get in touch with Matrix Age Management in Amarillo today.


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