Dad bods: Hot trend or a bump to avoid?

Dad bods: Hot trend or a bump to avoid?

Have you noticed yourself slowly developing a "dad bod"? If time for exercise and healthy cooking has become a luxury, and excessive drinking has not been worked off, men can easily find themselves developing what has recently been labeled by popular culture a "dad bod."

The "dad bod" is the latest trend when it comes to describing male lifestyle choices that contribute to such a physique.

What is "dad bod," and do you have it?

You've probably spotted "dad bods" on the beach, or perhaps as a shirtless man mows the lawn as you drive through the neighborhood. This body type is becoming a "norm" as men lose interest in shaping their lifestyles around having super-toned bodies.

In a blog post written by a U.S. student that has now gone viral, Mackenzie Pearson describes the dad bod as "a nice balance between a beer gut and working out." Pearson continues: "The dad bod says, 'I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.' It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either."

Don't have kids? Your physique is not exempt from the description that so many men are now dreading. A number of factors can contribute to this trending appearance.

How does one get "dad bod"?

One-too-many barbecues with friends, over-snacking with the kids or too many stops at your favorite fast-food place may be contributing factors to your "softening" look.

Late-night eating, binge drinking and lack of time for exercise and healthy cooking can all lead to the development of a "dad bod." When these behaviors are practiced on occasion, they can leave many men wondering what happened down the road.

How do I rid my bod of its "dad-ness"?

Many men have embraced the label of "dad bod," refusing to forgo calories for a leaner physique, but you have more options than dieting alone.

Workout Anytime's Tony Petrocelli joins Frank Marzullo on Morning Xtra with tips on how to combat your less-than-toned features that may be causing your overall "regular" look.

Don't be ashamed of your bod! 

Frank is here to help viewers embrace the trend and assist other dads in getting their "hot" bod back.

Send us your photos of you sporting your "dad bod" to and tune in FOX19 NOW Thursday for more on this trend.

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