I keep reading these articles about how the dad bod is in style these days. That women prefer the dad bod over wash board abs. There was some survey conducted by Planet Fitness that indicated something along the lines that said 7 out of 10 women prefer dad bods. It’s something about the men allegedly feeling more “comfortable” with themselves.
Okay, first of all, Planet Fitness is and has always been a joke. This is a gym that encourages people to eat pizza AT THE GYM on some days, they frown on people working hard, and if you look good, they ask you to hide your body because it intimidates the other gym goers. That’s Planet Fitness, so that should give you an idea about how much respect I’d give a survey that they conducted!
Here’s my experience, and bare in mind that this may differ greatly from yours. I have no idea who or where these people who claim they prefer a dad bod are, but in my experience, women pay me way more attention when I have a jacked bod. Over the years I’ve gone through different bods so to speak. I’ve been “normal,” I’ve been “obese,” and I’ve been “jacked.”
I know that some women “say” they prefer “normal” guys, but honestly, I think that’s bull crap. Granted, personality plays a major role in how women will receive you, but if you happen to be a good dude, and you have a great, healthy physique, you telling me that they won’t favor you?
Experience speaks volumes. When I was single, at least as a man, I never really had too much trouble dating and meeting women. However, they came in greater abundance, and expressed way more interest in me when I was lean and mean, than when I was round and packing the pounds. Know what I’m saying? That’s not to say that it may be untrue in every case, but we live in a vain world, and as one of my trainers once told me, the better you look, the more respect you command in this society.
People may push acceptance of unhealthy lifestyles, and they tell you to simply accept who you are these days, and though it can be often true, it’s not always the case. I don’t think there is anything wrong with encouraging an obese 300 pound man to make changes and improve his life. It’s not fat shaming, it’s not ridiculing, its common sense. I’m not sure who started it, but someone out there (probably with a dad bod) is trying to push this dad bod agenda, but I tell you what, this fella right here, he ain’t buying it. I’ll continue training, getting fit, and obliterating my former dad bod. I’m going for the washboard abs, and if you don’t like it, well, then don’t look at me!
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