Four Ways to Ditch the Dad Bod

There was much talk earlier this year about the fashionable “Dad Bod” as popularized by notable celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Vin Diesel. A lesser man might have seen Leo with this gaggle of buxom beauties on his yacht, observed the actor’s protruding gut and otherwise slobbish appearance, and found themselves thinking that this meant it was acceptable to tune in and paunch out. They would be wrong.

While we certainly don’t want to further contribute to the unrealistic expectations of body image presented by the media, that doesn’t mean we (and your family) don’t want you to be healthy. You don’t have to have a six pack to be in good shape and make a good impression. Here are a few tips to put you on the right track to healthier living and a trimmer figure.

Stick to It

The first, and perhaps most important, piece of advice is to believe in yourself and stay with it. Exercise, working out and dieting only work if you actually put in the effort and stay with it. All too often people find themselves actually losing weight as a result of their diet plans. This makes them think they can slack off a little bit, only to have the weight come back before they know it.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

One of the most important things when it comes to getting in shape is staying positive and not letting stress get in the way of your goals. This list of ways to lose weight points out that if your levels of the stress hormone cortisol get too high, it can result in more fat wanting to settle around your stomach. Through better stress management and healthy living you can set yourself up for success when it comes to your fitness goals.

Don’t Drink Away Your Diet

No TV and no beer make dad go crazy. But seriously, if you actually want to shed a few of those unsightly pounds, the suds will have to go. Even the so-called “lite” beers have around 100 calories per can, and it’s just too easy to undo all your hard work after one night of celebration. It turns out that some of the tips you followed in college to avoid the freshman 15 are just as applicable today. Try and go for lower-calorie clear liquors or wine if you decide to let loose with an adult libation.

Schedule One Day for Splurges and Don’t Cheat

Working out and eating right can be difficult and often require a lot of sacrifice. While it’s supposed to be difficult, it’s not doing you any good if you’re miserable and resentful the whole time. The point is for you to feel better! This article on the 20 best weight loss tips recommends picking a Friday to treat yourself as it rewards you for both sticking to your diet and making it through the work week.

Eat Less, More Often

You may have heard this one before, but it’s much better for you to have a series of healthy snacks and light meals throughout the day as opposed to gorging yourself three times. When you only eat large meals a few times a day, by the time you get to dinner there’s a good chance you’re starving and end up eating much more than you usually would. You’ll also be impressed by how much better your mood is when you’re not hungry all the time.

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