I’ve heard it many times: “I’m older and I have a dad bod, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” From a pure judgmental standpoint, that’s absolutely correct. I don’t judge anyone for being overweight or having a dad bod, and nobody else should, either. I know many warm, kind, brilliant people who have the dad bod. I’m not taking anything from them. BUT, I would much prefer that these amazing people I know were healthy, and that they didn’t assume that being older means having to accept the dad bod as a norm.
I just got done talking to someone who pointed out to me that they are no longer in good shape like me because they’re older. The irony is that they are younger than me by a good 10-15 years. I didn’t ask them this question, but I was thinking it: “When did it become acceptable to you to gain the weight?” I would assume that many people would answer “After I got married.” If this is you, then you’re doing your spouse and yourself a disservice.
That stomach fat is being recognized more and more of not just a symptom of poor health, but actually a source of declining health and many weight-related issues. I took control of my health and my weight because I want to be around longer for my wife and kids. I want to live a longer life free of weight-related health issues, and I don’t want to be a burden on my wife and kids as they care for me due to any health issue I could have avoided by taking care of myself.
Don’t accept the tire around your waist as being okay just because you are over a certain age. You have the power the get rid of it, and you can do so without a whole lot of exercise. All you have to do is change your diet to something with fewer carbs and your body will sort itself out. How do I know? I went from 312 lbs to 200 lbs with diet alone. I went from 190 lbs to 160 lbs with diet and exercise. You can’t tell me it’s impossible.